Wednesday, July 18, 2012

DIY Fabric-Covered Bulletin Boards

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Do you want bulletin boards that stay nice all year with no fuss?  Make your own fabric-covered bulletin boards that stay in new condition for years and flex with the seasons.


Items to Gather:

  • 1 - 8 ft. x 4 ft. x 3/4" thick insulation board (you can purchase at your local home improvement store) 
  • 54" - 60" wide twill or other tightly woven solid color fabric.  You will need 1 yd. for every 30" length of board.  For an 8 ft. x 4 ft. board, you will need approximately 3 yards.
  • stapler
  • glue gun
  • supplies to anchor to wall (screws and anchors, drill, screwdriver)
  • scissors to cut fabric

Instructions:

1.  Cut your insulation board to the size bulletin board you want (you can usually have your home improvement store cut it for you).
2.  Cut your fabric 4" - 6" larger than your board on each side.
3.  Use stapler to tack each side of the fabric down, approximately 12" apart.
4.  Wrap fabric at each corner like a gift package, cutting a triangle out of the extra bulk as needed. Use glue gun to secure fabric at sides and corners and finish with staples.
5.  Attach to walls with anchors or screws and enjoy!

Other Tips/Suggestions:

You can make a bulletin board to custom fit any size space that you have in your classroom.  Pick a color that complements your overall classroom theme and ties your bulletin boards together.  I have them in different sizes in my room to fit the available spaces.  The insulation board is very light and easy to work with.  See one of my bulletin boards below decorated at Christmas and changed for Spring.  The Ocean board at the top of the post is also the same bulletin board.  I promise you will love these boards and they last for years!


Have fun,


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