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How to Create a Dream Board

Updated on January 22, 2020

Supplies Needed to Create a Dream Board

Supplies and Tools Needed
Supplies and Tools Needed | Source

Getting Started

In this tutorial there are a lot of photos, step by step on how to make a dream board. Keep in mind you can be as creative as you like. This dream board is made with a 1/2" thick cork board, allowing for pinning anything to it and as well as in the end, the ability to just tuck photos, quotes, etc. in between the straps of ribbon. A dream board can be constructed from any backing material such as wood, cardboard, plastic, etc, just keep in mind that the harder the material, the more difficult it will be to staple or attach fabrics, glue may end up being the only option.

On a side note, I must give credit to my wonderful wife for creating and capturing this project.

Supplies as shown above:

  • Hot glue gun & glue sticks
  • Fabric
  • Scissors
  • Stapler & staples
  • Cork board (12" x 12" in this project purchased at Amazon.com)
  • Ribbon
  • Decorative buttons/gems
  • Optional: Hammer and nail to hang on wall

Time to complete, typically less than an hour.

See picture captions for instructions.

Step 1-: Wrap The Board

Layout fabric to be larger than board. Cork side facing fabric.
Layout fabric to be larger than board. Cork side facing fabric.
Fold fabric over two sides of cork board, tight and staple.
Fold fabric over two sides of cork board, tight and staple.
Fold other two ends in a triangular shape as shown, them fold in, staple.
Fold other two ends in a triangular shape as shown, them fold in, staple.
Be liberal on applying staples, they should not be very far apart on spacing.
Be liberal on applying staples, they should not be very far apart on spacing.
Unless too much fabric was used, there should be a center of the board visible as seen in this photo.
Unless too much fabric was used, there should be a center of the board visible as seen in this photo.

Stapling and Securing the Fabric

Be sure to staple the fabric firmly to the board and leave little spacing between staples as see above. If this is done well, the fabric will not come undone without excessive force.

The next step is apply some hot glue in the creases as shown below.

Step 2: Secure Corners with Hot Glue

Add a row of hot glue under any visible corners of the fabric.
Add a row of hot glue under any visible corners of the fabric.

Adding Ribbon

It doesn't really matter what the ribbon looks like, be creative, do a theme if you wish. Patterns can be varied too, in this project the diagonal crisscross pattern was used. Do recommend to use durable, not easy to tear ribbon.

Step 3: Securing the Ribbon

From on corner to the other, staple about 2" of ribbon to the back side of the board.  Staples to be applied closely.
From on corner to the other, staple about 2" of ribbon to the back side of the board. Staples to be applied closely.
Be sure to pull ribbon tight from one side to the other, it should not give or be loose.  There is some natural give, but not much.
Be sure to pull ribbon tight from one side to the other, it should not give or be loose. There is some natural give, but not much.
When ribbon is pulled over the edge, again, be sure to keep it snug.
When ribbon is pulled over the edge, again, be sure to keep it snug.
This is the crisscross or diamond pattern end result when the ribbon is applied seen from the front.
This is the crisscross or diamond pattern end result when the ribbon is applied seen from the front.
The end result for ribbon applied seen from the back, stapled.
The end result for ribbon applied seen from the back, stapled.

Hot Glue

There will be a fair amount of hot glue to be used in the coming steps. Every project may very with design on how much is needed, just don't be afraid to apply in liberal amounts. This will help with the durability and strength of the ribbon.

Step 4: Hot Glue Ribbons, a Lot of Hot Glue!

Be sure to glue over the ribbons entirely as shown.
Be sure to glue over the ribbons entirely as shown.
More glue.
More glue.
Lots of Glue
Lots of Glue

Test the Glue Strength.

After the glue has dried on the ribbon, be sure to give it a little pull test. Don't pull like Hercules's, but just lift up a little to be sure the fabric, staples, and ribbon are well bonded. Add more glue if it comes undone too easily.

Step 5: Add Some Flash and Sparkle

Get whatever you have for decoration, in this case is gems.
Get whatever you have for decoration, in this case is gems.
Add a dab of hot glue
Add a dab of hot glue
Press gem down on hot glue and hold for 10 to 20 seconds.
Press gem down on hot glue and hold for 10 to 20 seconds.
Wait a minute or come back to test if the gem is adhered properly.
Wait a minute or come back to test if the gem is adhered properly.
End result for this project with the gems.
End result for this project with the gems.
Ribbon at this point should only lift off the board slightly.
Ribbon at this point should only lift off the board slightly.

Add the Ability to Hang on the Wall

As not in this step, I believe I have stressed the idea of really stapling down the ribbon. Well, this next step, please really go nuts on stapling and the hot glue.

Step 6: Ribbon Hanger

Loop some ribbon, large enough to extrude  past the board for hanging purposes.
Loop some ribbon, large enough to extrude past the board for hanging purposes.
Center ribbon to be stapled.
Center ribbon to be stapled.
Staple, staple, and staple.
Staple, staple, and staple.
Glue down, and glue down some more.
Glue down, and glue down some more.

Before Hanging the Dream Board

Before hanging the dream board, be sure the hot glue has had plenty of time to dry, hot glue when applied thick can take a few more minutes to fully harden and dry.

Hang on the Wall

Hammer and nail
Hammer and nail
Hang it up, and begin to fill it with your dreams and aspirations.
Hang it up, and begin to fill it with your dreams and aspirations.

Other Dream Board Designs

© 2020 Ryan Hutzel

Happy Dream Board Creating, Hope You Enjoyed Your Visit!

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    Anya Ali 

    18 months ago from Rabwah, Pakistan

    Good article! Thank you for an informative read.

    I did enjoy my visit!

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