When my husband and I moved into our first house a few months ago, I was able to turn one of the spare bedrooms into a real home office just for me. My husband, who works from home full time, has his own office, too. It’s been great to have a specific place to work in the house, especially since I work from home one or two days per week, plus I have my business and blog to manage! One of the first things I decided when designing the office was that I wanted a huge bulletin board for inspiration. Think of it as a Pinterest board in real life. I’m still a bit old school when it comes to finding inspiration for a project – while I love Pinterest and surfing other blogs and websites, sometimes I really just love to tear through a magazine and rip out pages that I want to keep. So all in all, I knew I wanted a big board that would take up a significant portion of one wall.
Now this is not a craft blog or a home decorating blog, but I was so pleased with how this project came out that I thought I would share the instructions anyway. Any event planner with a home office (or a real office!) looking for an affordable bulletin board might benefit!
I knew right away that I would have to do this myself – I was originally looking for something about 5 or 6 feet in length and I wasn’t seeing many cork boards or bulletin boards that size for sale anywhere. I found a few different DIY projects that were similar – using the rolls of cork board or cork squares on a heavy backing. The problem was that many of those boards were still very heavy – I didn’t want something that would be permanently on the wall or take all sorts of anchors to keep it up. And then my husband, Joe, came up with the fabulous solution – foam core! It’s light and it’s super cheap, and it works just like a cork board.
My husband picked up the foam core from our local Home Depot. It looks like a giant piece of styrofoam. Home Depot sells it in various widths, but the 1 inch seemed to be best – it would be thick enough to hold pins without needing another backing. He had a piece cut 6 feet long by 3 feet tall – it only cost about $10!
Here’s how you can make this ridiculously easy, cheap bulletin board – for less than $30!
What you’ll need:
- Foam Core board – cut to your desired size
- Enough fabric to cover one side of the board, plus some extra to cover the sides – I used duck cloth for a bit more weight (you don’t want the pins ripping it up)
- Command Strips
Assuming your board is the right size (My hubby had the board cut six feet wide, but I decided to make it a bit smaller so I only needed to buy 2 yards of fabric – I cut the board myself with a box cutter, but it was a bit messy. Definitely try and get Home Depot to cut it for you, it’s a lot easier!) spread out the fabric, print side down (I recommend ironing first!) and center the board over it. Pulling the fabric taught against the board, pull it the backside of the board and staple. I used a regular office stapler, but if you have a more powerful one, feel free to use it! Staple on all sides.
Once your board is ready, attach it to the wall. I used Command Strips and it’s working perfectly. You could nail it, but it might tear the fabric. The board is so light that four command strips are perfect – and they don’t leave a mark so if you change your mind it’s like it was never there! I’d wait an hour or so before you start pinning so the strips have time to set. And voila! You have a bulletin board!
I was originally thinking about building a frame around it but I like it the way it is. If you do want to go for a frame, I’d recommend buying inexpensive molding trim at Home Depot (or a similar store if you’re more of a Lowes kind of girl) and nailing it around the board, directly to the wall. If anyone tries that, let me know and send me a photo!
And here was my first addition to the board – great quotation, right?
So there you have it – a bulletin board for less than $30, including the cost of the board, 2 yards of duck cloth fabric, and the command strips. I hope you try and make one of your own – good luck and have fun!