DIY Family Organization Board Tutorial.

Dressing up mundane objects with a little color, some craft paper, few embellishments and alittle TLC gives me a lot of creative satisfaction. Ordinarily we tend to throw a lot of packing material, pieces of fabric, and even things that can be easily recycled. But not me 🙂  A large part of the “junk” is cleaned/washed and stored for future projects and ideas. {and then hubby and I quarrel about the amount of “junk” being stacked up in the shed !! ~ sounds familiar ?}

Jokes apart ~ Its one of those things that I so wish to educate kids about. A little change can go a long way in saving the state Mother Earth is in 😦

This project is totally, an upcycle freak’s dream ~ Everything is recycled in this project ! I made this board a couple of days back when felt the need of an organizational board to keep track of some of the engagements, meals, doctors appointments and reminders for the week ahead.

I didn’t need something fancy ~ just something simple and reliable. I dived into my backyard wood stock and came across this thin sheet of cork wood. It seemed to be perfect. Alittle sanding here and there and it was ready for being dressed.


I’ve always been a sucker for polka dots and I had just the perfect, bright and happy design paper for the background.

I needed a couple of containers to hold pencils, pins, rubberbands etc ~ I reused milk cartons and some laban cartons to do the job.


With a little spray paint ~ they really perked up. For a more aesthetic look, I added some scraps of the polka dot cardstock and finished off the look with a few tiny clothespin. Has made an immense difference, isn’t it ??


Next a few clothespin were modge podged with co-ordinating stripes pattern.


I also placed one old cork coaster for pinning school circulars or reminders.


I had this title printed off my printer with some fancy font and layered it over a nice textured bright orange handmade paper.


Assembling the whole board was really quite easy.  Naturally the title went on top while the rest just fell into the place that could leave enough space to pin things, clip things and hold stuff in the containers.  They were all modge podged ( the word is a verb too !!! ) except for the cork coaster and the milk cartons. For those, I decided to use E6000.

Btw ~ do you know that you do get the duplicate of E6000 ? Trust ‘reliable’ China to come up with ANYTHING duplicate. Its E600 and the tube looks almost exactly similar to the original.

Once everything had dried ~ I modge podged over the board along with everything (embellishments ) again. That gave it a really nice and more professional finish.


And Voila !!!! Two holes were made on the top of the board {goof up :- those holes would look a lot better and less chipped, had I drilled them instead of hammering them } so as to hang it with a cord.

family organization board tutorial

family organization board

This project took nearly 2 – 3 hours including drying time. And all the materials are recycled so you don’t really have to buy any of the tools or materials. Its readily available in almost all homes.

Do you have an organization board at home ? Would you like to share the picture with me  ?

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  1. Very creative and cute Naush! Love the dots and the way you used the clothes pins. A little touch-up paint on those holes and you will never see the ripped wood. Thank you for sharing at What We Accomplished Wednesdays. Have a great week!


    • Michelle, I think “repurposing” is MY thing ! and my husband would be saying right now ~ “ya right ~ more like junk organization !!”

  2. This is soooo cute- I love polka dots! i’m so glad you shared this with us at Treasure Box Tuesday- tweeted! 🙂

    • Oh la la !! I’m absolutely beside myself ! This is fantastic. Thank you so much for the feature Claire. So appreciate it 🙂 🙂

    • Pinterest is flooded with CLOTHESPIN projects ~ there are so many that and I get so inspired that sometimes I just cant keep track of which project should, I pursue first 😦

  3. This is a wonderful idea. I need one of these in my craft room. I love the polkadot paper with the stripes on the clothespins. Great way to upcycle! Thanks for linking up to Creative Spark.
    Glenna @ My Paper Craze

  4. I love the stripes and dots! I do have a Family command Center but it isn’t nearly as pretty as yours is.

  5. This is amazing and beautifully festive – love it! I do appreciate you sharing with Home and Garden Thursday,

  6. Great work. Wish to do this. Can u tell me how u painted the plastic cartons and from where u got the paint. Yhanks

    • Hello Nuwera, the plastic cartons can be painted with acrylic paints ~ however I wanted added strength to the box, hence I spray painted it. You can get both acrylic paints as well as metal spray paint at Dubai Library distribution.

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