let’s make a pin board

Over the last two years, I’ve shared some pin board tutorials with you (here and here).

So this ain’t my first rodeo

No, really

THIS was my first rodeo. Circa late 70′s. With my sweet horse, Goldie. :)

My kids have not stopped laughing at this picture since I dug it out yesterday.

Their comments? Hannah: You are wearing MOM jeans!

Josh: You look like a boy! Actually he’s right, because my face in this photo is the spitting image of his!

Ah, good times. ;)

Today I made a pin board for my office and thought I’d share a little tutorial because it’s different than the ones above.

Supplies: bulletin board (found mine at the thrift store for $2.99), fabric (a smidge over a yard), scissors, staple gun, nail head upholstery tacks, and a hammer

Step one…lay the bulletin board over the fabric and cut around it, leaving about a one and a half inch border.

Step two: with the bulletin board laying face down onto the wrong side of the fabric (as in photo above), use the staple gun and staple once in the center of each side of the wood frame pulling the fabric tight. Go side–side then top–bottom so your fabric won’t go crooked. The purpose of this step is just to hold the fabric in place.

Step three: flip the board over and add the upholstery tacks just inside of the wood frame. I used the points in the pattern of the fabric as a reference to keep them evenly spaced. You should be able to push them through the fabric and bulletin board by hand. The hammer comes later.

See how the fabric isn’t secured onto the back yet (except for one staple per side)? That is on purpose…you’ll need some “give” in the fabric until all the nail heads are in.

Finish going around all the sides with the upholstery tacks.

Step four: Turn the board upside down and using the hammer, flatten all of the ends of the tacks that are sticking through the back of the board. You don’t want these poking out and scratching the wall.

Step five: Pull the fabric tight and staple it to the wood frame using the staple gun. For the corners, tuck the fabric like you do when wrapping the ends of a gift and secure with a staple.

Step six: Add hangers.

Step seven: Hang and admire your work!



Here’s what I LOVE about this project…

:it’s inexpensive (I spent under $15)

:it’s quick (took about 20 minutes)

:it has a “custom” look to it (the nail heads really give it a polished look)

:it’s completely customizable (the fabric choices are endless!)

:it’s adaptable…use it at a kitchen desk area, a kid’s room, laundry room, mud room, and if you want to get really crazy you can use 3M hooks and put one on the side of your fridge!

Will you ever look at those cheap bulletin boards the same way again ? I won’t!

I hope you found this tutorial useful! Let me know if you have any questions! :)

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38 Responses to let’s make a pin board

  1. Suesan July 18, 2012 at 1:07 pm #

    I’ve had this exact project on my to do list for more than a year now, but still have not got ‘er done. I’m glad I waited because I like seeing the fabric you chose. Excellent, as usual, Miss Magnolia. My project will us an old cork board I inherited from my late father-in-law. Thanks for the inspiration.

    • Suesan July 18, 2012 at 1:09 pm #

      ps. Have I mentioned today that you are my hero? If not, let me just say…”You. Are. My. Hero.” Have a great day.

      • Maple & Magnolia July 18, 2012 at 2:55 pm #

        Aw, you are too sweet. I love your subway art! Just left a comment. :)

  2. Karen @ The Quaint Cottage July 18, 2012 at 1:08 pm #

    I actually took one of those cheap ones out of my old laundry room (currently sitting in garage) and have been wanting to cover it and give it a new life. Thanks for the inspiration.

    • Maple & Magnolia July 18, 2012 at 2:55 pm #

      Yea! Don’t you love it when you see an idea and already have the supplies on hand? :) Can’t wait to see yours.

  3. Kathleen Fisher July 18, 2012 at 1:10 pm #

    I LOVE THAT!!!! And all of us of a certain age looked like male-wannabes back in the day.

    • Maple & Magnolia July 18, 2012 at 2:54 pm #

      hahaha! :)

  4. Brandy July 18, 2012 at 1:19 pm #

    Great fabric it’s such a fun print. I totally don’t think you look like a boy at all either.

    • Maple & Magnolia July 18, 2012 at 2:54 pm #

      I thought it was fun…better than that, it was 50% off at Hancock’s this week! :)

  5. Angela July 18, 2012 at 1:25 pm #

    Thank you so much for posting this tutorial! I have been thinking about making updates to our office/homeschool classroom and one thing I wanted to do was cover the pin board in fabric. You totally took the guess work out of it! I recognized that price tag, too–my favorite chain of thrift stores ever. I found your link on PRimp and look forward to following and exploring your blog more.


    • Maple & Magnolia July 18, 2012 at 2:53 pm #

      Angela, this will be perfect in a homeschool room! Can’t wait to see it when you are done! :)

  6. Jamie K July 18, 2012 at 2:40 pm #

    Whoohoo…love it! Now if I can find me an old bulletin board!! Gotta have one of those!!
    Surely does help when you share the TUT! Thank you!

    • Maple & Magnolia July 18, 2012 at 2:52 pm #

      Hit the thrifts…they are full of them! Can’t wait to see yours. :)

  7. Linda@Coastal Charm July 18, 2012 at 2:44 pm #

    Now, this is one NIFTY THRIFTY project…love that fabric!!


    • Maple & Magnolia July 18, 2012 at 2:51 pm #

      Thanks, Linda. Just linked up to your fab party! :)

  8. Erin July 18, 2012 at 4:10 pm #

    Now see, this is something I could and will do…however I have no doubt that I will mess it up. My fabric will be all wonky(not straight) and I will stab myself a gazillion times with those nail heads(barring I get the fabric right). I accept your challenge, and tell your kids their kids will think they look dorky too! Ha!

    • Maple & Magnolia July 18, 2012 at 6:17 pm #

      Erin…it’s so easy, I think you’ll surprise yourself! :)

  9. sheila payne July 18, 2012 at 5:53 pm #

    Thanks so much for sharing…I am in need of getting a board in both of my daughters rooms. I will be off Friday morning it is 1/2 day at our local Salvation Army store :) Have a great day!!!


    • Maple & Magnolia July 18, 2012 at 6:16 pm #

      Can’t wait to see what you come up with! :)

  10. Sharon @ Elizabeth & Co. July 19, 2012 at 2:35 am #

    I have two old bulletin boards in the basement. I think I need to break them out and give them a little update. Thanks for the inspiration!

    • Maple & Magnolia July 19, 2012 at 3:27 am #

      Sharon…can’t wait to see what you come up with…I know it will be super cute! :)

  11. Lori July 19, 2012 at 3:21 am #

    I used to have one of those ding dang bulletin boards many years ago.
    Pitched it, Goodwill’d it, yard sale – who knows! Now I need to find another. Ha!

    • Maple & Magnolia July 19, 2012 at 3:28 am #

      Lori…I do that all the time. Get rid of something then find a use for it! Don’t worry, I’m sure you’ll find one…they are everywhere!

  12. kathy July 19, 2012 at 4:20 am #

    Cute board but cuter rodeo cowgirl!!! Was Goldie a paint? I showed western and also did games with a quarter horse and I had many paints I competed against…always loved those beautiful colorful horses!

    • Maple & Magnolia July 19, 2012 at 1:37 pm #

      Thanks, Kathy! She was a pinto but the pony I had before her was a paint. My mom had a quarter horse. Fun memories! :)

  13. Carol July 19, 2012 at 12:58 pm #

    What a great inspiration! You know how when you see something at a thrift store, often you visualize it as something else. I see these boards all the time too, and never see anything else UNTIL NOW! I am definitely doing one of these. I love your fabric choice too, makes me think it would be fun to have one for each season to jazz up a space.

    • Maple & Magnolia July 19, 2012 at 1:37 pm #

      Now don’t you go scooping up all the bulletin boards around here! ;) I need some more! hahaha

  14. Rachel July 19, 2012 at 1:59 pm #

    I have an old bulletin board in my attic that I’ve been wanting to do this to for years. Maybe I’ll give it a try with your handy tutorial.

  15. Karen July 19, 2012 at 4:21 pm #

    Twenty minutes, huh? OK. I’m going to do this to my ugly, little bb I use for personal stuff behind my desk in my classroom. I even have some cool 60′s look fabric and nailheads… I’m pretty sure it will take ME more than 20 minutes, though! Thanks so much for the inspiration.

  16. Candice July 19, 2012 at 4:30 pm #

    I just found an old cork board stored in my attic. I know what I’m going to do with it now. Yay!

  17. Elzabeth@ Blue Clear Sky July 19, 2012 at 6:13 pm #

    I think I have the supplies for this and I’m going to have to give it a try. Thanks for the tips and inspiration.

  18. Beverly July 23, 2012 at 10:51 pm #

    LOVE your fabric choice. Makes me want to run out to Hancock’s to see if I can find it.

    • Maple & Magnolia July 24, 2012 at 12:14 am #

      Thanks, Beverly. Let me know if you can’t find it…I can mail you some.

  19. tracy a July 24, 2012 at 2:21 am #

    that bulletin board is fabulous! and you were a beautiful young woman in that photo…mom jeans? ha! high waisted is in again! my son (age 4) thinks the picture is awesome, he dreams of being a cowboy sherrif! :) (never thought i’d decorate a room in cowboy theme, it has been so fun!!)

  20. Debbie fresh July 26, 2012 at 2:00 am #

    I love it, I need to check my closet. I think I have one that needs some love!

  21. Jami at freckled laundry August 2, 2012 at 9:56 pm #

    This is great. I know I have one of the cork boards somewhere in the basement. Thanks for sharing with air your laundry friday. I’ll be featuring this tonight! xo Jami

  22. deborah August 3, 2012 at 2:24 am #

    Love the board! This is a project that even I can manage. We already own some corkboards, so I may give this a try. Looks fun and so, so cute!

  23. Jamie K August 19, 2012 at 4:01 pm #

    I finally found some bulletin boards…got in the floor and got after it..and those darn pins won’t hammer down on the back..they are too strong. I’m so bummed. Do you have a trick?

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