Burlap Message Board Inspired by Ballard Designs


Rock Your Knockoff:  Why pay $65 for a Burlap Message Board from Ballard Designs when you can make your own in under an hour for only $13?  girlinthegarage.net

Today is Day #2 of the Rock Your Knockoff Fall Tour – where my friends and I all recreate expensive pieces from stores like Pottery Barn, Ballard Designs, Anthropologie, etc. for a fraction of their price.  (Scroll to the bottom to see other knockoffs- more will be added every day this week!)  I made my own DIY burlap message board, inspired by Ballard Designs’ board HERE.

The board on the left is 33″x20″ (Medium) and is currently on sale for $65 (reg. $89).  The price has now increased to $99.  Ouch!

Heck, I knew I could make this myself for much cheaper!

Supplies:

  • Cork board (mine is 23″x35″) – $9.99 at Target (or free if you already have one at home)
  • About one yard of burlap – $2.50 at Hobby Lobby after coupon (reg. $3.99/yd)
  • Decorative brass tacks – Free since I already had some leftover (otherwise $1.99 at Hobby Lobby)

Total:  about $13 (I rounded up)

Rock Your Knockoff:  Why pay $65 for a Burlap Message Board from Ballard Designs when you can make your own in under an hour for only $13?  girlinthegarage.net

The directions are almost too easy – first, cut your burlap so that there’s about 3-4 inches longer than the cork board on each side.  (Iron if needed.)  Fold the edges over the board and staple on the backside with a staple/upholstery gun (I got mine from Hobby Lobby a long time ago- it’s inexpensive and necessary for upholstery projects).  Read more about upholstering HERE.

Rock Your Knockoff:  Why pay $65 for a Burlap Message Board from Ballard Designs when you can make your own in under an hour for only $13?  girlinthegarage.net

After your burlap is stapled, measure and hammer your tacks in place.

Rock Your Knockoff:  Why pay $65 for a Burlap Message Board from Ballard Designs when you can make your own in under an hour for only $13?  girlinthegarage.net

Easy peasy, right?

And so much cheaper than $99 (ahem)… especially since you can do this project in under an hour!

Rock Your Knockoff:  Why pay $65 for a Burlap Message Board from Ballard Designs when you can make your own in under an hour for only $13?  girlinthegarage.net Rock Your Knockoff:  Why pay $65 for a Burlap Message Board from Ballard Designs when you can make your own in under an hour for only $13?  girlinthegarage.net

Rock Your Knockoff:  Why pay $65 for a Burlap Message Board from Ballard Designs when you can make your own in under an hour for only $13?  girlinthegarage.net

Please visit my friends’ projects below for more “knockoff” inspiration!

Jen


 


 


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18 Comments on Burlap Message Board Inspired by Ballard Designs

  1. BeTh
    September 30, 2014 at 9:01 am (3 years ago)

    Jen this is so pretty! I think yours is even better than the Ballard version. I’ve gotta make one of these. 🙂

    Great job!
    Beth

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  2. Paula@SweetPea
    September 30, 2014 at 1:16 pm (3 years ago)

    I think I have everything I need to make one of these, I just need to check on the upholstery tacks. A plain cork bulletin board is so boring and yours knockoff would be elegant in any room of the house. I definitely like your price better than Ballard Design’s!
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  3. Hope Williams
    September 30, 2014 at 3:15 pm (3 years ago)

    The cost difference is astounding! I guess these companies have to ship the bulk products over seas, pay labor over seas and then ship it back here. THEN, they have to ship it to each one of their stores!
    Yeah, I just thought that. lol
    ;-))

    Reply
  4. Tami @ Curb Alert!
    October 1, 2014 at 4:47 pm (3 years ago)

    Man, only $13! How stunning and classic it looks. Well done jen!
    ~Tami

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  5. Abbey
    February 17, 2015 at 12:42 pm (2 years ago)

    Love this Jen!! We carry burlap too (starting at $1.51/yard) No coupon required. 🙂

    Reply
    • Jen
      February 18, 2015 at 11:26 am (2 years ago)

      Abbey, thank you! I will definitely remember that for next time. 🙂

      Reply
  6. Cyndee
    November 19, 2016 at 8:29 am (7 months ago)

    Did you do this over a canvas?

    Reply
    • Jen
      November 22, 2016 at 9:54 am (7 months ago)

      Hi Cyndee, this is over a cork board as shown in the photo above. It won’t work over a canvas because it won’t hold push pins.

      Reply

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