Bulletin Board DIY

A few weeks ago, I helped my boyfriend make a picture display for a family event. The original plan was to tape a bunch of pictures onto some poster board, but when we saw the work of art his aunt came up with, we had to do something a little fancier. We copied her idea and made something similar to this Memo Board from Target (but bigger).


I liked it so much I decided I wanted one for the living room. Something closer in size to the one pictured above. Just a place to store cards and wedding/baby announcements. This is how I did it!

You will need:


– a thick piece of poster board
– fabric
– something to use for batting, I used some black felt
– ribbon
– upholstery tacks
– craft glue
– ruler
– razor
– tape
– pen

Let’s get started!

1) Cut the poster board in half. I measured the half way mark with my ruler (well, yard stick), marked it with the pen, and cut it with the razor. Be careful where you cut! I moved onto the carpet so I wouldn’t slice up the floor. Set one half aside.


2) Batting will give the tacks something to push into and help make the ribbons nice and tight. I cut two pieces out of the black felt, just smaller than the poster board. I didn’t measure it because it’s going to be covered by the fabric anyway.


3) Cut your fabric so its a few inches wider than your board all the way around.


And layer the poster board over the batting over the fabric. Make sure the batting doesn’t stick out the sides!


5) Edge the poster board with your craft glue.


And fold up the fabric tightly over the glue. I secured it with tape. The tape will hold the fabric in place while the glue dries so you can keep crafting! And don’t worry if it looks messy or unfinished because this part will be hidden when we’re done.


I also tried to neatly fold in the corners so that I didn’t have any weird fabric flaps hanging out the sides.



6) Ribbon time! Glue the ribbon to one of the back corners, and cover with tape. Again, the glue will hold the ribbon firmly when it’s dry, but the tape allows you to keep working now.


Wrap that ribbon all around your board.


And then secure the end with glue and tape.


7) Go crazy with glue on the back!


8) Take the half of poster board that we set aside earlier and place it on top of all the glue.


And secure it in place with the paperclips while it’s drying.


9) Take your upholstery tacks (or fancy push pins) and push them into the bulletin board every where that ribbons intersect. As you can see in the picture below, the tacks are so long they go through the first payer of poster board. That’s why we cut it in half, so we wouldn’t have any pesky points poking out the back!


You can add a dollop of glue to the tacks if you want, but I didn’t. As long as you aren’t sticking them in and pulling them back out and sticking hem in again, they should hold ok.


And now you just have to wait for the glue to finish drying.


10) When it’s ready, hang it up and decorate!


I think it would be fun to play around with different ribbon wrapping patterns. And so easy to make a few holiday themed boards!

Happy crafting, guys! If you make one, let me know how it turns out!


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