INSIDE: Use a vintage wooden folding ruler to make a DIY framed message board. Turn a vintage yardstick into photo frame.
Sometime, somewhere, I accumulated a vintage wooden folding ruler. All I know is that I’ve had this wooden yardstick in my sewing basket for a long time. To the point where it was starting to crack. Something DIY-ish had to be done. It was too cool to toss.
Fast forward to the other week, when on a recent buzz through a favorite store, I broke down and picked up a much-wanted message board. The kind with the letters we used to see on those retro restaurant signs.
Here’s how I combined the two pieces together in, what I think, is a fun message center for the fam.
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DIY Vintage Folding Ruler Photo Frame
If mama’s verbal message can’t get through to the kids, a message board on the wall can.
– Folding wooden ruler (Can’t find a vintage one? Buy a knock-off here.)
– Letter board or Large photo frame
– Screwdriver (flat head works best)
– All-purpose glue
– Optional: Small saw tooth picture hook
vintage folding ruler message board display
I got a wild hair to tackle this project in the hour before I had to run carpool duty! It came together rather quickly.
It was hard, figuratively speaking, to take apart this awesome vintage ruler but it wouldn’t fit the message board frame otherwise. I pried the ruler apart at the hinges with a flat head screwdriver.
Laying out the ruler onto the frame of the message board, it was secured with some all-purpose heavy duty glue. And several impressionable-but-rarely-ever-read heavy duty books to ensure all things stuck.
I left the excess ruler fold-up at the side of the frame.
old wooden ruler turned diy photo frame
My boys are really into “army guys” so a great way to spread my daily mantra of “be kind” is to come up with some nifty message that (hopefully) gets through to them.
How have you re-purposed some cool vintage find?
More DIY Home Decor Ideas:
- Use a salvage yard staircase banister into a gallery wall
- Upcycle a dresser mirror as large-scale wall art
- $20 thrift store coffee makeover
- Turn a $10 vintage suitcase into a photo display
- How to make a gallery wall around a wall TV
DIY Thrift Store Challenge!
I joined with some crafty friends for a Thrift Store Challenge. The goal is to upcycle an item(s) from a thrift store, resale store, or garage sale into a new piece of decor.
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Jennifer | Cookies Coffee and Crafts – Ann | Duct Tape and Denim
Michelle | Our Crafty Mom – Debra | Shoppe No. 5
Denise | My Thrifty House – Chelsea | Making Manzanita
Deborah | Salvage Sister & Mister – Habiba | Craftify My Love
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