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Upcycled Life: Framed note board

By Katie Patterson Larson For The Spokesman-Review

Give an old frame a new life as a note board for your home office or classroom.

Fix up and decorate the frame to cover any dings. I used old coloring book pages decoupaged on top of the areas I wanted to conceal.

Other possibilities include pages from magazines, old maps or stamps. You also could glue on beads and other three-dimensional decorations.

Frame a neutral-colored fabric or paper behind the glass. Textured fabric can give it a nice look without distracting from the text. Tape down the raw edges of fabric to the frame back.

Use whiteboard markers on the glass for erasable lists, notes and other doodles.

Katie Patterson Larson is the director and founder of Art Salvage, a creative reuse center in Spokane. Art Salvage keeps usable materials out of the waste stream and makes them accessible and affordable to everyone. For more information, visit

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