I don’t know about you guys, but sometimes I get in this mode where all of my creative energy gets focused on making projects that utilize the material that I already have at home.
While I love taking trips to the craft store, sometimes you start to see your bank account slowly go down and you realize that you need to tone it back a little bit, after all you probably have some amount fo craft supplies back at home that need some love.
Now that I recently started sewing, I am building up a large amount of fabric scraps that I have been eager to find a use for. I have also been on a streak of trying to make practical home decor items. That coupled with my home office becoming more of a reality, I have been wanting to make a bulletin board for a while now, and it has finally happened!
Personally I made this with things that I already had around the house, but if you have to go out and get these materials, it really shouldn’t break the bank, especially when you use the everyday coupons at places like Michaels, JoAnn, and Hobby Lobby. It also easily can be finished in about 30 minutes! So let’s dive in shall we?
- 1 Fat Quarter of Fabric (18″ X 21″)
- 3 Yards of Pom Pom Ribbon
- 1′ X 1′ piece of cardboard
- 1′ X 1′ some kind of squishy material
- Optional extra embellishments
- Hot Glue Gun
For the “squishy material”, i’m going to be 100% honest, I don’t know what the stuff I used is called, but I know I got it at Daiso. It is reflective on one side and a plastic spongey material on the other side. In general just try to find something with a little bit more squish to put between the fabric and the cardboard.
First you are going to cut out your piece of cardboard to 1′ X 1′. I had a box from Bath and Body Works which is why the cardboard is a cute gingham, it happened to be the perfect size!
Once you have your cardboard cute out, you can place it over whatever squishy material you are using and trace over it
Cut out your squishy material and hot glue it onto your cardboard piece. Since hot glue dries so fast, I glued an x onto the middle of cardboard piece and lined it up quickly with the squish material to keep it more structured. I then peeled up the edge pieces of the material and glued it down all along the edges.
Cut off any excess that you may have. It you traced and cut perfectly, but if you are kinda lazy like me, you will probably have a little bit of excess.
Place the 1′ X 1′ piece over your fat quarter of fabric. The fat quarter should be a quite a bit larger than the cardboard piece. If you wish to trim off most of the excess to use for something else, do that by all means! Just make sure you have at least 1″ of excess fabric around each side.
In the picture I had the squish side facing toward me, but don’t do that! haha. Make sure you have the squish side of the square against the fabric and have the cardboard facing you.
Simply fold the fabric over the edge of the square and hot glue it down. Similar to the way you glued earlier, since the hot glue dries really fast probably do little sections at a time to make sure all of the sections get glued down securely. The hot glue, as you can assume, is very hot so have something other than you hand to press the fabric down onto the glue so that you don’t burn yourself.
Once you have it all glued down, the back won’t be beautiful, but you won’t see it, so no harm done right? Flip the piece over and start gluing on your pom pom trim in small sections with small dots of hot glue. This is literally the part that took the most time and even then it was only 10-15 minutes.
Once you get all of your pom pom trim glued on, you should have some ribbon left over, which you have use as your hanging string by gluing it onto the upper back of the board.
Additionally you can add any other little embellishments that you wish to add to the corners. I had these fabric flowers that I needed to use for something and this felt like the time to do it! Once you make any additions you’d like you are done!
I hope you enjoyed this tutorial! As always if you have any questions or want to share your finished product, feel free to do so in the comments or on instagram!