The holiday cards are starting to roll in. I love getting Christmas cards. It’s a special touch and heartwarming to know people think of you enough to make the effort. I also think it is nice when holiday cards get displayed. Make this beginner DIY rustic messenger board as a showcase for those sweet greetings.
If you missed the Tomato Cage Card Holder, it is a fast and easy put up for card collecting.
I wanted a new messenger board for our main “command station” area. Do you have one? We sure do. We walk in the garage door, take a few steps to the kitchen counter and proceed to unload every school form, medical record and business document from the year…Okay, maybe it just feels that way when I look at our counter top.
This will keep all those need-to-know papers at bay and give rustic charm to the home.
Rustic Messenger Board
- 8′ of 2″ x 2″ lumber (will cut into  2′ sections)
- chicken or mesh wire
- (4) 1x rigid tie angle
- box of 3/4 in. screws
- stain or paint (optional)
- tape measure
- needle nose pliers
- staple gun
Cut your lumber into (4) 2 foot sections.
If you choose to stain or paint your lumber, give it a good sanding and a coat. I stained mine with a nice warm pecan stain. Sanding in between coats.
Lay your pieces together, matching up your corners.
I found these rigid tie angles in the lumber area of our local hardwood store. They are for framing and are used, just as in this project, to hold lumber together without having to drive in long screws to keep the pieces connected.
♥ My plus, is they add an industrial look to the rustic that I wanted.
Screw your corners into place using the wood screws in the rigid ties. If you have a large clamp to hold your pieces together, even better. If not, just make sure you have your corners pushed together tightly.
Roll your mesh out on the back of your frame. Using your pliers snip your wire making sure it goes to the edge of each frame piece (you will be pushing the wire in a bit so that it sits in the middle of the frame). Bend your wire on each edge so that it snugly fits and stops about mid way into your frame. Use your staple gun to attach it into place. Go back with your needle nose pliers bending in any parts of wire sticking out that looks dangerous.
♥ You don’t want the wire to be flush on the back of the frame (stapling to the back), if you do this you want be able to clip anything onto the mesh if it is hung flat against a wall.
There it is. Use some cute clothespins or clips and get to hanging.