Upcycled Message Center

Upcycled Message Center

Crafting Time:
  • Varies
Skill Level:
  • Beginner
Project Courtesy of: Jo-Ann Fabric & Craft Stores
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Additional Information



  • Picture frame with removable glass
  • 4 bags corks: mixed sizes
  • 10 round magnets
  • 2 sheets 12"x12" cardstock: coordinating patterns
  • Fabric fat quarters: orange, green
  • 1 spool jute
  • Covered-button kits: 3 sizes
  • Upholstery tacks
  • Paper punches: circle, flower-shape
  • Aleene's Original Tacky Glue
  • Double-sided tape
  • Glue stick
  • Scissors
  • Needle & thread
  • Band saw, or other tool to slice corks
  • Optional: staple gun


Refer to photo/pdf. LOF= length of fabric

  1. To make hanger strips, rip two 3"xLOF strips of orange fat quarter. Fray all edges slightly. Fold 1 long edge over the other. Tie at 2" intervals with ripped green fabric & jute. Set aside.
  2. From the fat quarter's cardboard, cut a large petal flower. Glue fabric to both sides of cardboard & trim. Using this as the base, construct a multi-layered flower with gathered ruffle, fabric circles & paper flowershapes. Distress & top with a covered button. Stitch the flower, through the cardboard layer, to the ends of the hanger strips. Add a small fabric loop for hanging on the wall.
  3. Position the frame on the work surface with the back facing up. Glue the 2 fabric hanger ends to the top corners. Weight them down & allow to dry. Optional: attach fabric hangers with tacks or a staple gun.
  4. Disassemble frame & remove glass. Plan the message board layout. Glue or tape cardstock securely to the backing of the frame. Use 1 pattern under the corks and the coordinating pattern in the magnet area. Reassemble the frame without glass. Save glass for another project.
  5. Cut corks into round slices of varying heights. Beginning in the upper left corner, against the lip of the frame, glue cork slices to the message board. Place corks close together & camouflage cardstock seams with the arrangement. Leave the designated magnet area cork-free.
  6. Plan the placement of magnets. Punch a circle of cardstock to match the design of the placement. Glue the circle to a magnet & the magnet to the cardstock, so elevated circle matches the background.
  7. Cut several small circles from the fabric; stretch the edges with fingertips to fray slightly. Stack the circles, push a tack through the center. Insert in a cork; repeat for as many tacks as needed.
  8. Following manufacturer's directions, cover a button. Before attaching the metal shank portion, place 1 to 2 fabric circles over the form. Trim the circles & stretch the edges with fingers to fray slightly. Glue a magnet on the back. Allow glue to dry. Stack the magnetic flowers on the elevated, paper-covered magnets.