Make your own DIY ribbon bulletin board that’s both pretty and useful! Customize them with different fabrics and ribbons for great gift ideas.
Hi Kenarry readers, it’s Lori from Greco Design Company here today to share a great DIY project with you that requires very little skill, money or time!! This DIY Ribbon Bulletin Board is a pretty way to hold useful items like tickets, photos, recipes, and invitations without push pins or magnets.
I’m sure you’ve seen these boards before but they’re very hard to find in stores. They also look like they would be a little challenging to make. Recently a friend asked me to make her two of them for gifts so I gave it a try and found that they were super easy and I just loved how they came out! So I wanted to share this fun, easy, and useful project with you.
Here are the instructions on how to make your own DIY Ribbon Bulletin Board:
You’ll need the following materials:
– A framed cork board – I found mine at Michael’s and it’s 17 x 23”
– Fabric – cut to be about 4” larger than your board around all edges
– Ribbon – I used a little over 8 yards per board to create my diamond pattern
– Batting – I used the 6oz. mid-weight thickness and cut it to the same size as my board
– Rounded tacks or decorative nails
– Scissors, ruler and a staple gun
First, place your batting on top of your cork board. Trim it to fit if needed and staple the batting to hold it in place.
Next, wrap your fabric around the batting and board and staple it to the back of the cork board. Be sure to staple the fabric into the wood frame to be extra secure.
For the corners, wrap the fabric like a hospital bed sheet – tucking one side under and overlapping the other. Be sure to staple all the fabric pulling it tight as you go.
Turn the board over and you’ll see how it has a nice soft, pillow-like top. Now you’ll need to attach the ribbon. I made a diamond pattern using a total of 14 pieces and I cut them all about 3” longer on each end to wrap around the edges of the board.
I attached the two longest pieces first that extended from corner to corner, making an X pattern. I wrapped this ribbon around the board and stapled it onto the wood frame on the back.
Next, I attached the four smaller pieces of ribbon, making a center diamond shape. I measured the center spot on each of the sides and marked it lightly on my board.
I continued to attach the remaining ribbon pieces so the diamonds were smaller and able to hold more items. Be sure to measure the center marks for each ribbon piece and pull them tight when stapling. Staple each end into the wood frame in the back too until you finish your pattern.
Once all your ribbon is attached, add your rounded thumb tacks or decorative nails where any of the ribbon overlaps. This helps to hold any papers in place and it also makes the piece look pretty. I also added a dot of hot glue under each tack and ribbon to hold it in place.
I added a saw tooth hanging bracket on the back of my board – be sure it’s centered on the frame. Now your DIY ribbon bulletin board is ready to hang and display all the fun, useful items.
You can customize your DIY Ribbon Bulletin Board with different fabrics and ribbons making them a little more personal and great gift ideas. This piece would look great in a girl’s bedroom, a family command center or a home office.
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Lori is a freelance graphic designer living in the Boston area with her husband, their three kids and a yellow lab puppy. She started Greco Design Company in 2014 when she realized that her love for design was extending beyond the corporate advertising world and into all areas of her life. She shows us some unique but simple DIY projects, gives some great ideas for home design, provides her outlook on current fashion trends, and loves to do beauty and product reviews. She incorporates her graphic design background through her free printables, paintings, signs, art prints, invitations and stationery on her blog and in her Etsy shop. Lori believes in the importance of surrounding ourselves with good, purposeful design that can help streamline our lives and still be affordable. Her tutorials are easy to follow as she shows how you can make anything you set your mind to!