How I Made my Retro-Style Bulletin Board for my Craft Room
DIY Bulletin Board in Your Style
We recently moved and for the first time -- ever -- I have a craft room/office of my very own. Sound the horns, raise the roof and celebrate along with me! Sorry, I digress...
One thing I knew I wanted was a "command center", if you will. This included a bulletin board. The ready-made ones I found were either boring, expensive or a combination board (like chalkboard - bulletin or white board - bulletin). So, I decided to make my own.
The craft room/office color scheme is -- white, off white, turquoise/aqua, lime green and black. I wanted to be sure to have some of those colors incorporated in the bulletin board I made so, off I go to find the fabric. It sets the tone for the project.
Below is the walk-thru of my creation with lots of pictures. No sewing or power tools needed. It was easy and fun!
Let's get started!
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Find a Great Fabric
I found a paisley design in just the right colors to use for the fabric on the bulletin board. It only took about 1/2 a yard or less. That makes most all fabrics affordable for the project.
Then I choose paint colors for the frame that complemented the fabric. It was easy!
Retro Patterned Fabrics - I Love Mine!
Michael Miller has some awesome retro patterned fabrics out there.
Maybe for your room you want a more "office" feel. How about this retro typewriter fabric. The blue is wonderful!
Gathering my Supplies - for making my custom bulletin board
I needed the bulletin board and fabric. I already had the rest of the supplies which is a money saver! Below is what I used.
* Bulletin Board (mine was 1-1/2 feet by 2 feet or 18" by 24")
* Fabric -- this is where your style comes out. Use anything from a solid to a wild print!
* Spray Adhesive
* Paint for the frame -- I used a dry brush technique to give it an aged/vintage look that requires a base and top coat color. You can use whatever color(s) you want.
* Foam Paint Brush
* 1" Chip Brush Paint Brush
* Trim -- I used a natural rope with a 1/4" diameter. You can use anything you like: ribbon, rick rack, twine, rope, etc...
* Hot glue gun and glue sticks
You need a Plain Bulletin Board - This one is Great!
This bulletin board is a great size for almost any room in the house. Mine was a bit smaller because of where I was going to hang it.
Measure your available space first and then purchase a bulletin board.
That way you'll be buying the right size for your room.
Step by Step for my DIY Bulletin Board - Just click the photo or arrow to go through the stepsClick thumbnail to view full-size
Doesn't it Look Great?
My motto is "If I can't find what I want -- I'll DIY it!"
DIY-ing is an adventure, fun and makes me smile, just like this bulletin board. I love the colors, the print and the vintage or retro feel of the frame and rope trim. I can't wait to get it hung and start using it.
Now all I need are some cool, coordinating push pins. Guess I'll start looking. If I don't find them, it's back to DIY-ing!
DIY Bulletin Board Supplies - Get Everything You Need to Make Yours
I think it's important to use a spray adhesive that allows you to re-position the fabric before it sticks forever. This one will do the trick!
I can never have too many Chip brushes. I find the 1" size is perfect for most of my projects but they are available in bigger widths too!
This is the exact rope (twisted sisal) I used for this project as the trim. You can change it up and use ribbon, twine, rick rack and more!
You'll have to check back to see finished pictures of my office/craft room "Command Center". Not quite ready to unveil that yet!
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