DIY Yarn Memo Board by Whimseybox

DIY Yarn Memo Board by Whimseybox

March Craftness
To start things off right with our March Craftness series we’ve recruited some of the freshest creativity we could find. Our friends at Whimseybox never cease to amaze us with the constant stream of innovative, fun, and chic DIY projects they continuously roll out. The project we have for you today is no exception.
And not only is Whimseybox bringing you a special DIY March Craftness project, they are also including a special offer! You can get your first Whimseybox for 1/2 price ($7.50, with free shipping!) when you sign up a for a Whimseybox subscription using the code ‘craftmonth’ during the month of March. Now that’s some happy crafting!
Don’t forget to share your DIY photos with the hash tag #marchcraftness! Thank you Alicia and everyone at Whimseybox. Enjoy!
Whimseybox is about to move into our first real office, so we’re working on lots of different DIY projects to get it setup and stay organized. For this project we used a large, inexpensive wood frame from IKEA to create a graphic memo board.
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You’ll need a large frame with a wood border, small nails (we used 5/8″ long 18 gauge wire nails), masking tape, a tape measure, a hammer and a pencil.


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To start, tape all around the inside edge of the frame. Then determine the spacing of your nails (we used 1″) and make a small pencil mark on the masking tape everywhere you’ll put a nail.
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Take the glass out of the frame (very important!) and start hammering in your nails, leaving each nail sticking out at least far enough to wrap the yarn around. You don’t want them flush with the surface of the frame.
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Once all of the nails are in, remove the masking tape. Start in a bottom corner and tie the yarn to one of the nails with a double knot. Leave a 6″ – 8″ tail because you’ll need it to tie off when you’re finished.
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Start wrapping the yarn around the nails in a random pattern, making sure to keep the yarn taut. The best way to keep it taut but prevent it from popping off the nail is to make a full circle around each nail with the yarn.
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Keep wrapping until you’ve used every nail.
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When you’re done, bring the yarn back down to the nail where you started and tie it in a double knot with the tail (left from when you started) to secure. Snip off the excess.
Add a picture. I took a picture of some baker’s twine and had a large black and white engineering print made at Staples for less than $2. You can secure notes, cards and even items like scissors to the memo board by slipping them between the yarn or by using paper clips or binder clips.
Display your stylish new memo board. Now you’re organized and decorated!

Alicia DiRago is the founder and CEO of Whimseybox. She has led DIY events across the country and been featured in the Wall Street Journal. Alicia is a lifelong crafter and former chemical engineer obsessed with making everything from bracelets to (home-brewed) beer! You can find her personal DIY, fashion and design blog at

New York Fashion Week: Fall 2013 Trend Spotting

After devouring the first four days of Mercedes Benz New York Fashion Week  we’ve already started scouting to see what the major trends for fall 2013 are going to be. Here’s what’s on our must-have list for this year’s autumn season:

Leather Skirts



Derek Lam

Derek Lam

Charlotte Ronson

Charlotte Ronson

3.1 Phillip Lim

3.1 Phillip Lim

All white


Helmut Lang


Derek Lam


Herve Leger

Fur Trim


Billy Reid


Carolina Herrera


Christian Siriano


Cynthia Rowley

Long Jackets




Donna Karen




Jason Wu

Pops of Orange




Behnaz Sarafpour


Billy Reid


Charlotte Ronson

Black on Black




Donna Karen


Kenneth Cole Collection


Knit Hat



BCBG Maz Azria


Creatures of Comfort




Rebecca Minkoff

Sizing Up Jordana Paige

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For many of us, shopping online has become our primary way of purchasing, especially for those of you who live out in the boonies or the cuts or the sticks, whichever is your preferred lingo for not living close enough to a retailer that sells the product you want.

With shopping online you lose out on the ability to touch, feel, try on, and simply experience the product prior to purchasing and you gain the bundle of questions and research (lucky you) that go along with making a decision to buy a product from a computer screen.

Didn’t you think buying online was supposed to be easier too? In many ways it definitely is – the stress-less, line-less, wait-less ease of shopping from my couch – I can think of only a few things I love more.

We want to make things as easy and smooth as possible for you to make an informed purchase so Jordana has created an easy-to-read chart on how all Jordana Paige bags size up against each other.

Curious as to what bags have a zippered divider? It’s in there. Need to know the exact dimensions to be sure your electronic device will fit? That’s in there too. Must find out how many credit card slots these babies have? Bam! There.

Bag Comparison
As smart and on top of it as we think we are, we know there is a chance we left something out YOU were wondering about.  If we did, be sure to leave a comment or email us with any inquiries about any Jordana Paige product as we are always here to help.

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