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COLUMN: Get crafting – and organized – this spring

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Editor Shannon Brock shares how to make a Pinterest-inspired, reusable to-do list

By Shannon Brock

To tell you the truth, I didn’t know I had a crafting, creative side until I took a jewelry-making class in town last summer. Since then, I’ve made countless pairs of earrings and even ventured outside the world of jewelry thanks to the help of Pinterest.

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Pinterest is a virtual corkboard of sorts. You can share or “pin” items of interest, whether they are recipes, outfits, home decor suggestions or crafts.
This little idea here is not my own – I saw a similar finished product on Pinterest – but I put my own little twist on it and decided to share it with you.
Believe it or not, the job of an editor is a busy one and, with my personality, I’m constantly in need of a to-do list because there’s always so much to do. (Yes, the list pictured at right is a lot shorter than most and is my attempt to be funny and motivational all at the same time.)
So, instead of using sheet after sheet of paper, I write my list on this reusable board. When everything is checked off, I erase and start again.
These little beauties also make great, “hand-crafted” gifts, so you might decide to make a few.
If you’re a crafty person, you’ll probably already have the supply list at home. If not, most likely the most expensive thing you’ll have to buy is a glue gun, and it’s only a one-time expense.
The trickiest part is getting the bow to look just right. That’s why I opted to fold the bow instead of tying it. It just seemed to lay better.
I hope you enjoy this project, if you try it. You may discover a new talent or, at the very least, get organized and save a tree or two in the process.

 

What you’ll need:

•A 5x7 picture frame*
•A 5x7 sheet of lined paper*
•15 to 18 inches of ribbon, any color
•A hot glue gun
•A dry-erase marker

Optional:
•A flat bead or decoration

*The frame size can be smaller or larger, depending on your needs, but make sure your lined paper is the suggested size of the picture frame.

1. Plug in your glue gun so it can heat up and be ready to use.

2. Insert the lined sheet of paper into the frame just like you would if it were a picture.

3. Take your ribbon and tie it or fold it into a bow. (If you fold the bow, like I did, you will need to use the glue gun to hold the folds in place.)

4. Once you are satisfied with the shape of your bow, dot a pea-sized amount of glue in the upper left-hand corner of the frame and immediately place the back center of your bow on the glue. Hold together for a few seconds to secure it in place.

5. Depending on the size of your bow, you may need to use the glue gun to create a thin line of glue on the top, front-facing piece of the frame to hold the straight end of the bow in place so that it doesn’t fall down into your writing space.

6. If you opted to use a bead or decoration, put a dot of glue on the flat side of the bead and carefully place it in the center of your bow. Hold in place for a few seconds to secure.

7. Leave the frame in a horizontal position for a few minutes to make sure the glue dries and cools.

8. Voila! Now you have what is essentially a desk-sized dry-erase board. Using a dry-erase marker, you can write to-do list after to-do list and keep track of your tasks.