This is one of my favorite DIY projects to date. Why? It is simple, inexpensive, and practical. When we moved into our apartment a few months ago, I had been scouring the internet and stores to find the perfect fabric covered bulletin board for my desk space. They were either too pricey or just not my style, so I decided to take matters into my own hands. I chose a linen fabric with a gold detailing that I had bought on sale for another project, but you can use any fabric ranging from cotton to duck cloth. As long as you use strong spray adhesive, it will adhere! So, are you ready to learn how to transform a plain Jane bulletin board in under 10 minutes?
- Bulletin board (I got mine for $9.99 at Target)
- Spray adhesive (I used Tree House Studio from Hobby Lobby - $5.99)
- Fabric (a little over a yard)
Lay the bulletin board down on a flat surface. Lay your fabric over top and trim edges, leaving an extra 2.5" of fabric around the perimeter.
In a ventilated area, prop the bulletin board up using two even surfaces (like paint cans). Spray the bottom third of the board with the spray adhesive and quickly, but carefully, apply fabric to that section, smoothing the fabric from bottom to top to get rid of any bubbles. Repeat with the next two sections of the board.
After the fabric has adhered to the front of the board, flip it over. Extend the adhesive spray from the edges of the board to about 2" on the back, one side at a time, and tightly pull fabric over the edge, onto the back, and press down. This will secure the edges of your fabric down. Trim extra if necessary. When you get to the corners, pull edges diagonally as if you were wrapping a present.
And there you have it! Easy enough, right? I contemplated adding a nailhead trim border around the edge, but opted not to. If you're wanting something that looks a little fancier, that would be a great option for you!
After I finished the board, I hung it in my desk space and began filling it with inspiration photos, photos of past weddings + shoots I've done, letters and notes from friends, and my personal photos. Because it is visible from our living room (and dining room and kitchen…oh the joys of apartment living!) I wanted to keep it in the same color family as the rest of our apartment.
If you try this project, I'd love to hear how it goes! This is such versatile and simple DIY that I'm confident y'all will create some beautiful bulletin boards!
Photography by Kaitlin Holland