DIY Fabric Bulletin

Monday, September 19, 2011

Sorry this post is so late today.  I've been trying to be so diligent about posting more regularly (which I totally have! yay me!), but today I didn't have the images to accompany this post until now.  So you've probably been freaking out all day, wondering if I've dropped off the face of the planet or something.  Just kidding.  Tonight I bring you a DIY project that in my opinion is fairly quick and easy.  So without further adieu:

I've spent a ton of time working on my living room, and now I've turned my focus a little more on my bedroom.  I totally love pinterest (see what I'm pinning here:, and the whole online bulletin board situation, but I still have pulls and tears from magazines, paint chips, etc. that I real world physically pin.  I know I know, call me old fashioned, but I'm still a fan of bulletin boards.

I bought a pack of bulletin board squares rather than an actual board with the idea of creating my own fabric board.  They measure 12"x12", and there were 4 of them.  I bought a piece of plywood measuring 24"x24" from the dee-pot (read: Home Depot), and affixed the cork to the plywood with the small sticky thingers that come with the cork.  Then I took some fabric (I have a bolt lying around at home), and upholstered the fabric to the board, stapling on the back side like you would when reupholstering a chair or otherwise.  And voila, about 20 minutes later, you have your fabric board.  The thing I like about this is that its more upscale looking than just plain cork board and makes me think less of college and dorm rooms.  I also like that you can pick something neutral like I did, or you can get a really fun fabric to cover it in and have a little pop of color and excitement on your board. 

Here is the how-to on my DIY fabric board, along with my finished product.  You will need: plywood, cork tiles, adhesive, fabric, staple gun and staples.

Step 1: Get piece of plywood

Step 2: Grab your cork tiles (4 here)

Step 3: Place sticky tabs on each corner of each cork tile
and position roughly where you want them to be

Step 4: Carefully affix the cork tiles to the plywood

Step 5: Lay your board on top of the fabric and cut around the perimeter so
you have about an inch border around the board for stapling and stretching

Step 6: Flip your board over so the cork is facing the inside of the fabric, and begin stapling!  
You'll want to pull the fabric taut and check the front of the board every once in a
while to make sure its even (especially if you have a patterned piece of fabric)

Step 7: Trim your edges (this is mid-trim, obviously)

Step 8: Start pinning!
Make it personal by choosing a fabric that inspires you and put up everything and anything that will get your creative juices flowing.  Mine is still a little empty here but for all (5?) of your sakes, I wanted to show you this easy how to.

What do you think?  What sorts of DIY projects would you like to see on this blog? (read: comment comment follow me follow me! and tell me what you want to read!)

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