Thursday, February 3, 2011

DIY: Inspiration Board

I love bulletin/inspiration boards. I wanted to make a small one for my "office". I use the word office sparingly, because it doesn't have a desk in it. But that's supposed to be the purpose of the room, so we'll just go with it!
I picked up this old frame at Coulson's one day.

I knew I could use it for something and decided it would make a great bulletin board. It's not rocket science, but I'm telling you how to make one anyway!

1. Prime and paint your frame. I gave mine a coat of Kilz primer spray paint, then a couple of coats of white spray paint.

Notice the green grass? I did this way back in the summer. I hung the finished frame on the wall among some other prints, as part of a gallery wall, with nothing in it. It stayed like that for a while...

2. Cut a piece of foam core to fit inside the frame. Using a utility knife works best!

3. Cover the foam core with cotton batting. Staple in place using 1/4 inch staples.

4. Choose a fabric and  iron really well.
5. Wrap fabric around the foam core and batting. Staple in place using 1/4 in staples.

6. Staple your fabric covered board to the frame!

7. Hang on the wall and admire your handiwork :)

8. Fill it with things that inspire you. I use straight pins with pearl heads.

There you go! Easy-peasy!

Thanks for your sweet comments regarding my feature on AT's Re-nest! I'm still beaming about it!


  1. Oh my gosh! I love this. It's so cute! The frame is perfect. I want to make one (:

  2. It looks great in the room. I like that zigzag fabric too!

  3. Ok, no wonder you were featured on Apartment are a genius! I love this AND I love the picture of the doggie that looks just like Beaufort! What a find!

  4. Funny...I just made a bulletin board myself. Just blogged about it yesterday. Yours looks great!

  5. Looks great - and so easy! thanks for sharing. Love the frame!

  6. It looks so chic!! I need to make something like this for my craft space. = )

  7. you're right. easy! even i could do that!

  8. that looks great!! I really want to make an inspiration board out of an ornate frame like that. thanks for the great idea of the foam core board!

  9. It looks fabulous! I am making inspiration boards with that same blue and cream chevron fabric as soon as my nail head trim gets here!

  10. I am always impressed by great inspiration boards. One of these days I will tackle one of my own. I am excited to be your newest follower, now I can keep up with all of the great things you have going on.

    Mr. Goodwill Hunting

  11. So, so pretty, Jane! I love the frame and the fabric color you chose is perfect. (My iron never seems to get anything right...maybe I need a new iron) Great inspiration! Thanks so much for joining my Weekend Bloggy Reading party. :) Have fun finding some new reads, and I hope you'll stop by Serenity Now again soon!

  12. Such a great idea. Thanks for stopping by my blog today! :)

  13. I did this awhile back and finally sold it about a week ago.... :) Looks cute!

  14. Looks great! I just bought a vintage frame yesterday and came across your post when I was looking for inspiration. I like your blog!


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