Jan 27

Bulletin board makeover

bulletin board 021 Repurpose an old, beat-up cork board into something cute and fun. It’s really easy to do and requires no sewing.


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Bulletin board

Bulletin board

Chipper Village Blue / Natural

Chipper Village Blue / Natural



You’ll need enough fabric to cover the surface of your cork board, and enough ribbon to go around the outer edge, just inside of the frame. You’ll also need hot glue. I also used quilt spray adhesive and another kind of glue, but if nothing else, have access to at least hot glue.

The process

bulletin board 002 I got this ugly, old cork board at a thrift store for $2.99. I didn’t notice at first that the frame was a little bent at the bottom, but what do you expect for $2.99? It’s an ugly metal frame that would fit best in a classroom.
bulletin board 003 I spray-painted the frame brown. I didn’t worry about protecting the cork part in my case. I have no idea what that white stuff is in the photo. It wasn’t there in real life. Very strange!
bulletin board 005 Cut a piece of fabric exactly the size of your cork, inside of the frame. NOTE: My frame didn’t come off, so I had to glue my fabric on. You might have a frame that detaches, in which case you could simply secure the fabric around the cork part and then put it back in the frame. That’s even easier than how I do it in this project! I used a rotary mat and cutter to get a perfect edge. In this photo, I folded my fabric and trimmed off the uneven edge. You can always use scissors and a ruler.
bulletin board 007 I lined up the clean edge on the left of the mat at the zero mark. Then I lined up the ruler at my cutting point, which was 17.5″. I lined it up at both the top and bottom of the mat (see next photo).
bulletin board 006 This is a close up. You can see that I have lined up my ruler at 17.5″ on both the top and the bottom. Then I used the rotary cutter along the edge of the ruler.
bulletin board 009 I then laid my fabric on the cork board and used quilt spray adhesive to secure it lightly to the board.
bulletin board 010 Then I used some other kind of glue in my cabinet to secure the edges a little better.
bulletin board 011 Next, I cut ribbon strips the exact length of each side from frame edge to frame edge. Then I folded over the corners to create the look of mitered corners. I used hot glue to secure this. And burned my fingers a lot, so be careful!
bulletin board 013 I then glued down the ribbon along the raw edges of the fabric, creating a look of mitered corners, which looks better than raw, overlapped edges.
bulletin board 019 I love the Premier Prints line. Can you tell? I made these chevron curtains from it. And though you can’t see the rest of my son’s room here, you can see it in this post about his nursery.

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