How to Make a Notice Board

I’m a very visual person. I needed a place for reminders in my closet office that I would see often so I wouldn’t forget.

Enter my notice board.

Here’s how I did it. You’ll need:

  • corkboard or artist’s canvas
  • fabric of your choice, enough to cover your corkboard, plus another 3-4 inches all around
  • staple gun and staples
  • scissors

I started with a simple corkboard I purchased on sale months ago.

You can also use a framed artist’s canvas from Hobby Lobby. Watch for sales as they often go 50% off. Plus, they have a lot of different sizes to choose from.

I bought some $5/yard fabric on sale from another 30% off at Jo Ann’s a couple of weeks back.

Lay out your fabric on a flat surface, right side down. Put your corkboard or artist’s canvas on top, also right side down.

Note:  If your fabric has a large pattern to it, flip it over to make sure the pattern lines up where you want it to, i.e., you want the large flower to be in the middle of your noticeboard, you’ll need to adjust it until you are happy. This didn’t apply to me because I chose an all-over pattern.

Staple the top edge. It helps to start in the middle and then work out from one side to the other.

Pull the fabric taught and staple the bottom edge. It should look like this:

Repeat on the remaining two sides. It should now look something like this:

Now you are ready to make the corners.

The easiest way to do this is to pinch the fabric up with your two fingers like this:

fold it down:

and staple twice.

Repeat with the other three corners.

When you have all four corners stapled, you are ready to trim the excess fabric from the sides and corners.

Turn it over and voila!

Now you have a pretty place to remind you of all the not-so-pretty things you need to do!

Tomorrow:  another quick project and some office refreshening…

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