A Crafty Mix


How to Make a Man Cave Message Board

My hubby is a very lucky man. He doesn’t just have one man cave, he has two 😉 Yup, two!! The garage and his pub. And while I know that I’m not really allowed to have a say in how he decorates his “me time” space, I do enjoy making things that he can, hopefully, use there. Like revamping some office storage and turning it into a tool box.  This year I thought I’d make him a rugged and manly message board. Is there even such a thing?

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Isn’t it cool? It probably took about 2 hours to put together and that included waiting for the paint to dry. So if you want to make one for your hubby, here’s how I did it.

What You Need To Make a Man Cave Message Board

  • Drill, screw driver and masking tape
  • A piece of wood 40 cm x 65 cm (14,5″ x 25,5″)
  • Paint. I used blackboard paint and a bright red
  • Galvanized pipe fittings and screws
DIY Man Cave Message Board. A Fabulous gift idea for the man in your life

300 mm Standpipe, End Cap, Barrel Nipples, Socket Connector, Elbow and Flange

Connect all the pipe fittings to form a “L-shape”. Sorry, I don’t know how else to describe it, but hopefully the piccy below says it better than I can 😀 Give the L-shaped thing a good wipe with some engine de-greaser before spraying it black.

DIY Man Cave Message Board. A Fabulous gift idea for the man in your life

I wanted to use the L-shaped thingy to hold garage wipes, but I was a little worried that the wipes would slip off. So I sneaked into the hubby’s garage man cave and found the tap portion of a gate vale. Sshhhh don’t tell him 😉

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By screwing it onto the end cap it created a much better stopper. Ugh!!!! Why can’t I think of the right words today.

DIY Man Cave Message Board. A Fabulous gift idea for the man in your life

Now for the message board. After sanding the piece of wood to a nice smooth finish, I gave it a coat of fire engine red spray paint and then painted the inside portion with blackboard paint. I found this really cute sign for Sinclair Motor Oil that I added on top. That’s the hubby’s surname. Unfortunately he’s not related to the Sinclair’s from the oil company though.

DIY Man Cave Message Board. A Fabulous gift idea for the man in your life

To make it easier to tear the garage wipes I just used one of those serrated metal strips that come on the box when you buy cling wrap or freezer paper and screwed it onto the message board.

DIY Man Cave Message Board. A Fabulous gift idea for the man in your life

Before screwing on the L-shaped thingy, I covered the board with white chalk to cure it and added another 90 degree elbow to hold the chalk pieces.

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And the valve tap is a great stopper 😀

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I’m guessing the hubby likes his man cave message board, since he’s added it to the decor 😉

DIY Man Cave Message Board. A Fabulous gift idea for the man in your life #GiftIdeas #mancave #DIYManCave

What do you think. Does it work for you?

If you like the idea of making a Message Board for a man cave, don’t forget to pin it for later
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Pinny Please

Have you made anything for a man cave. I’d love to hear about it. I’m always looking for new ideas to make for my hubby.

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Until next time, be safe and hope you have a beautifully creative week.

Made with love by a Crafty Mix


Categories:   DIY Tutorials, Home Decor Crafts


  • Posted: December 13, 2018 14:07

    Hamilton Billiards

    That looks great, thanks for the idea!
    • Posted: December 13, 2018 14:40


      Thank you so very much Sir 😉
  • Posted: February 1, 2018 17:31

    Leanna Forsythe

    This is so fabulous, I love this idea. I went out in Hubs garage and spent hours organizing it, but it has absolutely no style because he doesn't see the need. I bet he would like this idea though. Awesome work!
    • Posted: February 4, 2018 10:34


      Thanks so much Leanna. I would love to organize my hubbies garage but I think we might need to go for marriage counselling afterwards 😀 He has this amazing ability of knowing exactly where everything even in all that orgabized chaos, so it's probably better to leave it as is.
  • Posted: January 25, 2018 10:42

    Christina Makri

    Your creative mind hit again! I love the industrial look and I think it is perfect for my husband's office in the lab! He loves everything made of spare parts... thank you again for sharing such wonderful ideas Michelle!
    • Posted: January 26, 2018 04:49


      It's a pleasure Christina and thanks so much for always leaving such lovely comments. It just makes my day
  • Posted: January 25, 2018 00:57

    Sadhna Grover

    You did a great job of making this message board, Your hubby might be very happy to get that wonderful gift. You are very talented dear.
    • Posted: January 25, 2018 05:41


      Thank you so much Sadhna, I really appreciate that
  • Posted: January 24, 2018 12:23


    My hubby generally likes me to stay out of 'decorating' his man cave, too, but I think he just might be into this kind of project. I'm sure yours was happy for the interference ;) You did an amazing job, Michelle!
    • Posted: January 25, 2018 05:35


      🙂 Thanks Jelica and yeah it's probably best we respect our hubbies men caves
  • Posted: January 22, 2018 06:10

    Keri Roberts

    Michelle, what an awesome gift you made your husband for his man cave! The message board looks fantastic! Wonderful job!
    • Posted: January 22, 2018 06:47


      Thank you my friend 😀
  • Posted: January 21, 2018 18:06


    Wow, I love this- what a great idea! I’m pinning this to my Man Cave board for ideas for my husband’s in-progress man cave.
    • Posted: January 22, 2018 06:50


      Thanks so much Melissa and for the pin too 😉
  • Posted: January 21, 2018 14:15


    Stunning, Michelle! Super! Kisses, my friend.
    • Posted: January 22, 2018 06:47


      Thanks so much Mia xoxoxox
  • Posted: January 21, 2018 01:50


    Wow, I love that Michelle! Another successful DIY! It's enjoyable b/c it's colorful, but handy too with those wipes and the chalkboard. And the valve thing holding the chalk. I love the red "stopper" too. My man would like it I'm sure.
    • Posted: January 21, 2018 06:43


      Thank you Florence, it was a fun one to do and those wipes really do come in handy
  • Posted: January 19, 2018 10:55

    [email protected]

    This is so creative and still manly! Your husband must love it in his space. Now it's easy to leave him honey-do lists like pick up bread or take out the trash..LOL Darling & pinning!
    • Posted: January 19, 2018 12:49


      😄 OMW I will be in sooooo much trouble if I do that Wendi, but it's worth a try 😉
  • Posted: January 19, 2018 04:29


    This is awesome! I love the roll of wipes and serrated strip. I need that for my garage. Pinned!
    • Posted: January 19, 2018 10:40


      The garage roll wipes are so useful right?!! Nothing better for dirty greasy hands 😊
  • Posted: January 19, 2018 02:51

    Shandra Lee

    Love this! #sweetinspirationsfridaylinky
    • Posted: January 19, 2018 10:38


      Thank you Shandra 🙂
  • Posted: January 18, 2018 18:22

    Elizabeth O

    This is awesome and so very creative, you have a real talent. I hope your husband really enjoys it :)
    • Posted: January 19, 2018 10:39


      Thanks so much Elizabeth, I believe he does like it 🙂
  • Posted: January 18, 2018 13:59

    Ellen from Ask Away Blog

    THIS is so awesome and impressive! Great idea for valentine's day too!!
    • Posted: January 18, 2018 14:35


      Thank you Ellen, I really appreciate that 😊
  • Posted: January 17, 2018 22:30

    Linda at Mixed Kreations

    That man cave message board is amazing Michelle! It is manly. I bet the hubby loved it. I'm sure he loves everything that you make for him. I like how you added the tap thingy to hold the paper on, and the pipe thing that holds the chalk. Super cool message board!
    • Posted: January 18, 2018 07:36


      Thanks Linda. That tap thingy is my favorite part too. It works so well to hold the garage wipes on and it looks "manly" too 😊
  • Posted: January 17, 2018 17:12

    Agnes Vazhure

    I do really like this man cave message board. I bet my dad will be amazed on this. Will show this to him.
    • Posted: January 18, 2018 07:37


      Thanks so much Agnes 🙂
  • Posted: January 17, 2018 10:17

    Shubhada Bhide

    That man cave board is really cool. I bet my husband will really like this so much as if he won the lottery. You are so creative Michelle. I really adore your works. Awesomeness
    • Posted: January 17, 2018 13:38


      😊 Wow Shubhada, thank you so very much. That makes my heart super happy
  • Posted: January 16, 2018 23:57


    This is super cute and crafty! I love the humor behind it too. I also love that you called it "the L shaped thingy" because I don't know what that is either!
    • Posted: January 17, 2018 07:39


      LOL, I agree Amber, let's go for the L-shaped thingy it's way easier to remember 🙂
  • Posted: January 16, 2018 23:23


    That's awesome that you think of different things to help decorate his spaces. The paper roll looks like fun.
    • Posted: January 17, 2018 15:31


      That paper roll is the best thing ever. He can use it to clean his hands or tools and it's thick/strong enough to write little messages on too 🙂
  • Posted: January 16, 2018 21:31


    Such a great idea Michelle. I'm sure Shaun must be thrilled. And that idea with the edge of the cling wrap to make it easier to cut is very clever. Now you two can write notes to each other all day.
    • Posted: January 17, 2018 07:38


      🙂 Thanks so much Mary and I think Shaun is real happy with his message board 🙂
  • Posted: January 16, 2018 14:53


    This is so amazing, I really like the idea of the manly message board. You are so creative, the black and red looks so perfect! Looking forward to more of your ideas for your hubby :)
    • Posted: January 16, 2018 16:28


      Thanks so much Preet 🙂
  • Posted: January 16, 2018 14:46


    This is so totally creative and super cute!!! Oh wait... am I not supposed to say cute in reference to a man cave ;) seriously though this is such an awesome project!!
    • Posted: January 16, 2018 14:51


      LOL Shell, I think cute would be one of those words us girls are banned from using when it comes to man cavey stuff 😀
  • Posted: January 16, 2018 13:15

    Melanie williams

    How creative is this! This is deffo one for my partner, literally just emailing him the linkie x
    • Posted: January 16, 2018 14:45


      Oh that's so cool Melanie. Thanks so much
  • Posted: January 16, 2018 12:58

    Greg Navage

    You know what's better than two man caves? Three man caves! Shaun deserves another!
    • Posted: January 16, 2018 14:41


      😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 Nope, I need a She shed first. Oh wait I've got a messy workshop, darn it!! 😉
  • Posted: January 16, 2018 12:52

    Sue Tanya McHorgh

    Now this is a really good idea. Thanks for sharing this . I know some guys who would really appreciate this post.
    • Posted: January 17, 2018 07:39


      That's so cool Sue Tanya, thanks for sharing
  • Posted: January 16, 2018 12:51


    This is incredible Michelle! I love this Message Board, it is so creative and it looks amazing! Really well done :)
    • Posted: January 16, 2018 14:53


      Thank you Bea, I'm really glad you like it
  • Posted: January 16, 2018 10:14

    Shruti Arora

    This is really cool and creative, well done. Wish I could handle the tools as nicely, it would be a disaster if I tried it :)
    • Posted: January 16, 2018 11:12


      Thank you Shruti. 🙂 Some of the power tools still scare me a little but I do love playing with them
  • Posted: January 16, 2018 08:14


    Wow! I can't even imagine if I could do something like that, but I should try... very inspiring! Your hubby is really a lucky man because he has such a talented wife!
    • Posted: January 16, 2018 11:13


      Ahhhhh Tania, thank you for that. But I think I'm the lucky one, he's a really awesome guy
  • Posted: January 16, 2018 06:36


    Two man caves? Lucky guy! This is such a unique idea! I really like it. It’s functional and decorative. I’m sure he loves it.
    • Posted: January 16, 2018 07:18


      Thanks so much Samantha, the hubby does love it 🙂
  • Posted: January 16, 2018 06:12

    Rachna Parmar

    You are uber cool to be creating such fabulous stuff for him. Meanwhile, I must hide this post from my husband. :)
    • Posted: January 16, 2018 07:19


      LOL, thanks Rachna 😀
  • Posted: January 16, 2018 03:06


    You are so creative! I love the "manly" message board!!
    • Posted: January 16, 2018 04:31


      😉 Thanks so much Liz
  • Posted: January 16, 2018 02:56

    Karrie Frost

    What a creative project. My husband would love this! All the details really came together beautifully
    • Posted: January 22, 2018 15:47


      Thank you Karrie, I'm glad you like it
  • Posted: January 16, 2018 00:13

    Josselyn Radillo

    I love this DIY and I think it fits perfectly for the bar my uncle has!!
    • Posted: January 16, 2018 14:55


      Glad you like it Josselyn, thank you
  • Posted: January 15, 2018 20:31


    Aw so amazing Michelle! I'm sure he's in love with it! How you come up with this kind of awesomeness... I don't know, but it's super unique and fun!
    • Posted: January 16, 2018 04:33


      Thank you Katrin 😊 As long as he's happy with it then I'm good
  • Posted: January 15, 2018 20:12


    I just love this manly message board, Michelle! The black and red are perfection! Wow, two mans caves huh? That's one lucky dude!
    • Posted: January 16, 2018 04:31


      Thanks so much Carolann. The little Sinclair sign was the inspiration behind the red and black color scheme 😉
  • Posted: January 15, 2018 19:52


    That is such a great idea, Michelle! I bet he ends up keeping all your creations, I don't know how he couldn't! I love how masculine and cool this turned out, I'd love to see a ladies version, something more delicate. I actually need to stalk through your posts, I always like things and way of taking up less space on my desk.
    • Posted: January 16, 2018 07:22


      Thanks so much Ithi 😊 I would really have loved to make a more feminine version for our kitchen, but we don't have the wall space. Maybe one my friends needs one 😉
  • Posted: January 15, 2018 19:43

    Tanvi Rastogi

    OMG my husband would love this, and the thing is that even with my limited DIY skills I am more of an engineer and a repair person at home than he is ... so if it were ever going to be made, it would have to be me. I love how it turned by the way. All tough and macho :D
    • Posted: January 16, 2018 14:52


      😀 Thanks so very much Tanvi. You always make my day when you pop in
  • Posted: January 15, 2018 18:54


    We are looking into taking one of the garages & making a space for husband. He will love the ideas you've shared. Thanks so much!
    • Posted: January 16, 2018 14:56


      Go for it Hunter, hubbies need their space too
  • Posted: January 15, 2018 17:41


    I love the idea behind this message board for the man cave and oh yes, your husband is definitely lucky to have 2, especially the second one being a pub. The pipe with the tap thingie (no idea how it's called, probably only a man would haha) is brilliant as well!
    • Posted: January 16, 2018 16:27


      I'm with you on that thingie bit Joanna 🤣
  • Posted: January 15, 2018