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Drop Cloth Memo Board

Make this super-easy memo board from a drop cloth and plywood. It's perfect for displaying inspiration or important reminders--and it looks great on a wall!

Memo board on wall

Project Overview

Skill Level


Estimated Time

Few hours

Estimated Cost


Tools and Materials


  • Measuring tape
  • Straightedge
  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • Staple gun and 3/8" staples
  • Paint roller
  • Painter's tape
  • Masking tape


  • 3/4" x 2' x 4' birch plywood, #6209
  • 4' x 5' canvas drop cloth, #197749
  • 4 square feet of carpet padding, #171537
  • 190' jute twine, #349245
  • 420' medium cotton twine, #349224
  • Spray adhesive, #41209
  • Self-leveling picture hangers, #52716
  • Optional: Valspar Signature paint, #4009-2, Lincoln Cottage Black

Items may be Special Order in some stores. Product costs, availability, and item numbers may vary online or by market. Paint colors may vary slightly from those shown. Availability varies by market for lumber species and sizes.

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Step 1

Have a Lowe's associate cut the plywood in half; it should measure 2' x 2'.

Step 2

Prewash and iron the drop cloth, then cut it to 32" x 32".

Step 3

Use spray adhesive to mount a 2' x 2' piece of carpet padding to the face of the plywood.

Step 4

Place the plywood square padding side down on the drop cloth. Pull the drop cloth tight and wrap onto the back of the square; staple it in place along the perimeter.

Step 5

Drop cloth, twine, and string stapled to memo board

Cut 12 lengths of jute twine and 24 lengths of cotton string to 32". Create a grid by stapling them to the back of the board at 4" intervals -- with one length of jute twine flanked by two lengths of cotton string at each interval.

Step 6

Trim excess twine and string, cover the ends with masking tape to prevent fraying, and then mount.

OPTIONAL: We created a faux frame for the board by painting a 28" x 28" black square on the wall before mounting it.