Cheap and Easy Home Decor Project: Memo pad mosaic border

Give yourself a more worthwhile reason for stealing office supplies from work. Those sticky memo notes are the perfect size to pose as tiles in a kitchen or bathroom that's lacking in architectural details, and they add a shock of color without painting. Clear shelf liner keeps the notes dry and flat. This technique eats so little time and money that you can change it often or cover a whole wall, if the supply closet allows.

What you'll need:

  • Pencil
  • Level
  • Long ruler
  • Sticky memo pads in three colors
  • Newspaper
  • Spray adhesive
  • Clear adhesive-backed shelf liner
  • Scissors



1. Use the pencil, level and ruler to draw a horizontal line on the wall, under which to set the top row of notes.

2. Decide what pattern, if any, you want for the notes. I kept the colors in order throughout but varied which color started each row. The first goes A, B, C; the middle, B, C, A; and the bottom, C, A, B.

3. Spread out lots of newspaper and open the windows for ventilation. Remove your first note from the pad, put it sticky side up on the newspaper, spray it with adhesive, and smooth onto the wall below the pencil line. For the next color, set it in a different place on the newspaper to keep the note's front side clean. Place it on the wall, leaving about 1/16 inch between the notes to act as a "grout line." Repeat until the border is complete. Leave 1/16 inch between the rows as well.

4. Roll out and cut enough shelf liner to cover the length of your design. Use the long ruler, pencil and scissors to cut the width down to 10 inches, if you have three rows of notes. Peel off the backing and smooth the liner over the border.


Excerpt from Abode à la Mode: 44 Projects for Hip Home Decor by Jeanée Ledoux. ©2005. Used with permission of Sterling Publishing Co.

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