Washboard Message Center

By  Mary Ayres 

  • Washboard Message Center


  • Vintage wooden washboard
  • Cork sheet, 1/8” or 1/4” thickness
  • Single-thickness chipboard
  • Jute twine
  • Assorted neutral cardstock colors
  • Assorted flat buttons (for tacks & clothespins)
  • Extra-large thumbtacks
  • Metal eye screws, two
  • Spring-type clothespins


  • Leaves Plates 2 & 3 rubber stamps (Red Castle)
  • Permanent ink pads: brown; black
  • Perfect Crackle (DecoArt)
  • Oak Gel Stain (DecoArt)
  • Matte Acrylic Sealer Finisher (DecoArt)
  • Crafter’s Pick The Ultimate! Glue (API)
  • Masking tape
  • Sewing machine and black thread
  • 1. Cut rectangle from chipboard to fit top recessed area of washboard. Stamp images on assorted cardstock colors. (Note: To separate images, ink stamp, place tape over stamp areas you do not want to print, then press image to paper.) Cut out rectangles around images so they fit together like a puzzle on chipboard. Ink rectangle edges brown. Brush glue on back of rectangles and adhere to chipboard.
  • 2. Machine sew zigzag stitch between card stock rectangle on chipboard, gluing thread ends to back. Brush glue on entire back of chipboard and adhere to washboard.
  • 3. Follow manufacturer's instructions to apply crackle medium steps 1 and 2 to chipboard design. Rub Oak stain in cracks. Adhere tape around chipboard design to cover wood and apply sealer. Let dry.
  • 4. Cut strips from cork to fill in spaces between wood slats. (Note: If using 1/8"-thick cork, glue two thicknesses together first.) Glue cork strips to metal between wood slats, and jute around edges of cork to fill in gaps.
  • 5. Glue buttons to thumbtacks and clothespins. Place tacks in cork.
  • 6. Screw metal eyes screws inside legs of washboard, using same measurement up from bottom on both sides. Insert jute twine through screw eyes and knot to secure hanger. Use clothespins to attach notes or photos to hanger.