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Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Guest Post: Amber from Crazy Little Projects


Hello A Glimpse Inside Readers! I'm Amber from Crazy Little Projects and I am very happy to here posting today while Allison is off on maternity leave. My blog is all about crazy little projects from sewing to baking to things to do with the kids and beyond.

This is a project that I wanted to do for a while but I was a little bit chicken to start because I wasn't sure if it was going to work. I am happy to say that it worked, I love it and I can tell you how to do it. And it isn't even very hard at all!

It's a fabric covered bulletin board for my office area:







Here you can see it hard at work holding up important papers for me:

It's all cork board underneath so you just use regular tacks to hang things on it and you can choose any fabric combo to go on it. I think it would be cute to do a smaller (probably 2 x 2) combo for my boys rooms in fun kid fabrics to display their artwork and things.

What You Need to make this Bulletin Board:
6-12" x 12" cork tiles (Get them at any craft store or online at Amazon)
6 fat quarters of fabric in coordinating prints
1 board, about 1/2 inch thick that measures about 34" x 22"
2 sturdy picture holders
1 yard of felt
Mod podge or craft glue of some sort
Hot glue

Here's How:
Grab your cork tiles.


Cut a piece of felt for each one that is exactly the dimensions of your tiles (12" x 12"). Use your mod podge to glue the felt to the cork tile. I just used a foam brush, painted the mod podge all over the tile and then stuck the felt on. 




Now take your fat quarters and turn the tile with the felt side down onto the wrong side of your fabric. Pulling the fabric nice and tight and smooth, begin gluing around the edges (using the mod podge again) to cover the tile with your fabric:






It should look like this when you are done:

Do that for all of your cork tiles.

Now you need your board. I actually had some plywood in my garage so I cut my own. Normally I would have gone to Lowe's and had them cut a piece for me, but their saw was broken and I am not a patient person. So, me and the hand saw cut a piece.

You want your board to be about 1/2 inch to 1 inch shorter on each side than your tiles will be when all lined up. So my board is about 34" by 22." You can see what I mean in this picture. See how my board is a little smaller than the tiles?


Because I knew that the edge of my board might show just a little if I walked past the bulletin board or something, I painted the edges white:


Then you need to lay out your tiles in the pattern you want them. Wherever possible, keep the folded over edges on the inside and top or bottom so that they don't show around the edge of your board. See the folded edge here, keep those inside where you can:


Get all your fabric covered tile pieces in place and then get out your hot glue. I will warn you, this will use a lot of hot glue, so have several sticks handy. I needed to reload my glue gun in the middle of gluing down each tile, so it was handy to have more glue right at hand. Because you also need to work fast.

Lift off one tile, hot glue the area and quickly lay the tile back down, making sure to get it right in place:
Do this for all of your tiles.

Now, on the back you need to add some sturdy picture frame hangers. I got these wall mounts at Lowes and they are supposed to help it be flush with the wall. They worked like a charm. I drilled them in place and hung it on the wall:


I am loving having this on my wall. I have my weekly schedule right there along with to do lists and anything else I need handy while at my desk:


See other great projects at Crazy Little Projects



Thanks so much for sharing this cute project Amber! 



allison

1 comment:

  1. Amber,

    LOVE this!! The fabrics you chose are so bright and happy, they made me smile. I can see how having this over your desk would be a great motivation. Thanks for sharing here today while Allison is on Maternity Leave.

    Allison, hope you and Baby M are doing well!

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