DIY Custom Bulletin Board

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I am getting ready to make the transition back into the workforce after being a stay-at-home mom for the past several years.  Part of this transition includes getting my home office together.

The colors for the office will be navy, white and pink, so you will see that theme in some of the upcoming projects.  When doing your project, you will choose which colors and patterns you like best for your space!  That’s what I love so much about DIY projects.  You can customize things to your exact taste and specifications.

Today’s project involves taking an ordinary office bulletin board and transforming it into a decorative and functional piece.  We will be making a DIY custom bulletin board.


To make this bulletin board you will need a standard office bulletin board (mine was given to me for free), fabric to cover the bulletin board, decorative thumbtacks (the ones shown are from the Dollar Store), a hot glue gun, scissors and flowers or other decorative accents of your choice.


This was a pretty easy project and I was able to complete it start to finish in about an hour.

The bulletin board shown here is 24 inches by 36 inches.  One yard of fabric covered it perfectly. If your bulletin board is a different size, make sure that you buy enough fabric to overhang each side by about six inches.

Tip:  Iron the fabric before you get started to remove the creases the best that you can.

Then line up the fabric using the pattern as a guide to make sure it is straight.  If you choose a solid fabric, even easier!  You won’t have to worry so much about the pattern being straight.

Once you have your fabric lined up, determine the spacing for the thumbtacks.  You can do a mathematical equation of some sort to make sure they are perfectly spaced or you can use the fabric pattern as your guide.  I used the points of the chevrons as a guide for the thumbtack placement.


After you are finished placing the thumbtacks along the top, carefully smooth out the fabric and repeat the process along the bottom, being careful to smooth out any bumps in the fabric.  Just leave the excess fabric hang for now.

When adding the thumbtacks to the sides of the bulletin board, it didn’t work out that I could use the points of the chevron pattern as a guide.  In order to have some uniformity, I measured the distance between the tacks along the top and bottom and used that same spacing for the tacks on the sides.  Again, make sure that you are smoothing the fabric as you go along. If it starts to bunch up, simply remove the last few thumbtacks, smooth the fabric and start again.

When all of the thumbtacks are in place, it should look something like this:


Once the fabric is secured in place with the thumbtacks, it is time to fold the fabric over the frame and secure it to the back.  If you have a lot of extra fabric, you can cut it so that there is just enough to cover the frame and hot glue it to the back of the bulletin board.

I made a diagonal cut at each corner so that the fabric folded neatly at the corners and there wasn’t too much bulk on the back of the board.  Too much fabric may cause the bulletin board to hang away from the wall.

Once the fabric is neatly folded over, put a line of hot glue along the edges of the fabric so that the fabric adheres to the back of the bulletin board.  Take care to leave the hangers on the back of the bulletin board exposed if you intend to use them for hanging your new custom board.

Once that is done, the only thing left to do is to embellish your bulletin board with some decorative accents.  Simply use hot glue to adhere them in a position that you like.

bullboardfinished And that’s it!  You get a big bang for your buck with this project.  It is an easy and inexpensive way to customize your space in about an hour!


Check out the coordinating Shabby Chic Mason Jar Desk Set here

Mason Jar Desk Set


And the Preppy Striped File Cabinet tutorial here!

DIY Preppy Striped File Cabinet Makeover Tutorial

Please comment to let me know how this tutorial works for you!



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