my first tutorial!! yeehaw and stuff :)

so a few months ago, i bought a lovely book called “one yard wonders” [which i’ve seen floating throughout a few blogs!].  some of you may have seen this project, others may not.  but i wanted to try my hand at “DIY.”

i made 3 bulletin boards for my house.
i used vintage frames.
none of the frames had a back, so the entire bulletin board creation thing is stapled directly into the frame.
i made these in late january/early february and posted about them here.
since my post, i’ve seen a couple other similar tutorials, but none as HUGE!  oh yes, wee man syndrome up in here.
with the lovely fabric i received from meaghan [see this post] i decided to make a mini bulletin board.  i use the one in my sewing room as an inspiration board/decoration, the one in the kitchen for receipts, bills, etc…and the MASSIVE one is in daniel’s office.
Here is my DIY on a mini bulletin board 🙂
materials: cork [i bought 2 rolls at hobby lobby, which was plenty for 3 extra large boards…so i recommend just one 🙂 ], poster board, your fabric of choice, scissors, a stapler or staple gun [i had to use a stapler the first time…trust me…go with the gun.], an old frame/thrifted frame, paint [optional].

i used an old scratched up 11 x 14 inch frame.  remove the backing and use it [backing] as your guide.
using fabric chalk, i traced the backing onto the poster board and cut.
i did the same with the cork.
place the pieces in the frame to make sure they fit.  trim whatever you need to…you want to make sure it’s a bit smaller…the posterboard+cork+fabric will make the piece bulkier.
next, you are going to staple the cork to the poster board.
i stuck about 4 on each long side and 3 on the shorter sides.
[cork tears REAL easy so be very careful! if anything, staple the any tears down]
Place the poster board and cork on the fabric and trace, leaving plenty of space on the sides to fold over.  i’d say a couple inches all around.
staple it real TIGHT.
put it in the frame and fasten the backing in!
before i put the backing in i decided i wanted to paint the frame [ya…that would’ve been a much wiser decision to make from the start!]
buster’s all “come on…get this crap off my turf!”
ahhhhh, dry 🙂
the lighting is kinda funny, but there you have it! my super cute dino bulletin board.
i keep this one by my desk!
i’m also working on a mini bipolar bunny 🙂
and i made some super sweet zips.
also, here’s a before and after of my sewing room 🙂
ok…byebye for now 🙂
i hope my “tutorial” wasn’t too boring/redundant/lame!

roxy

20 Comments

  1. I made some of those last week for my craft show. You can see them in action in the pictures I posted! 😀

    awesome tutorial!

  2. YESSSS
    i've been wanting to try making one as soon as i saw them at your house! love the dinos! and Buster's commentary = <3

  3. YAY!! I love One Yard Wonders!! I'm hoping to do a project from it next week. Gotta get through Mother's Day first! 🙂

    Great job!!!

  4. mary – cool! i never thought about using them as display…good idea 🙂
    maria – oh i bet you'd make some super sassy ones. haha
    marci – i love the book, too! i need to try some other projects 😀
    danielle – good idea! i should do one for the classroom, too…with MATH fabric. haha
    thera joyce – woohoo! the whole book is cool, too 😀

  5. ya!!! dinosaurs rule! 😀
    have you ever seen the movie one fine day? i am OBSESSED with the little t-rex shirt [her son's] she puts on when her blouse gets dirty…

  6. I love this! I'm supposed to be redecorating the youth room at my church and these could be perfect for the walls.

    Your headband is super adorable, by the way.

    ~Rachael

  7. ohhh i love these!!! and i totally want to get that book now.. i have a lot of one yarders and home and don't know what to make with them beside mini wallets!

  8. that dino fabric is so super cute!

    question, what color/brand is the green paint from your cabinets in your sewing room? i want to paint my ceiling fan blades green, but none of the paints i've seen are the right shade.

  9. these are fab!! I love the fabrics you have used. thanks for the tutorial 🙂

  10. sandy – ooo now i'm interested in seeing your mini wallets 🙂
    katie – do it! it's easy 🙂
    widge – thank you! this one was actually a gift 😀

  11. i'm so rude! lily, i just saw your comment!
    i used behr paint throughout the house. the green is lemongrass in eggshell 🙂
    it's not exactly the right TYPE of paint [it's for the walls] but i had leftovers so i used them on the wood 😀

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