Thursday, 8 August 2013

Home DIY: Notice board Makeover

Fed up of your board looking like pieces of rubbish hanging on the wall?This is the DIY for you!

Whether you call them Pin boards, Notice boards or memo boards,
 they are all the same. Dismal, colourless frames surrounding an 
unsightly cork board, with a heap of mess attached.

(Great for the kids with little adult supervision
 and a great addition to your home.)


Difficulty rating: Beginner


TIME: 30 minutes
(not including drying time)

Materials List:

A Drawing Board, A Marking device, Paper in a colour and pattern of your choice, Drawing pins, Scissors, Pliers/Wire cutters, 2 x Brushes (for painting and for spreading PVA glue).

Optional extras
Ribbon for decoration, Double sided sticky tape (makes this D.I.Y easier and faster)


STEP ONE: Preparing

Remove pins, and detach frame from cork board. 

{  My frame was held on with tacks and glue, it did press out quite easily but be careful not to rip the board, they are very flimsy when under pressure.

STEP TWO: Paper Cutting

 Take your paper. In this instance mine is thick luxury wallpaper scraps left over from re-decorating.

{ Measure mark and cut how much paper you will need to cover your board 
leaving approx. 2 inches on each side. 

If, like mine, your paper is not the same width as your board simply cut 2 pieces 
that will meet in the middle (with any pattern matching up if possible).

Above: Leave 2 inches around each edge to allow for folding and gluing.
Above: Shows pattern matching

STEP THREE: Paper Gluing

Paint glue round one half of the cork board and glue one of your paper pieces down.

 Flip over so the back of the board is facing upwards and glue around 3 
sides ready for folding.

*Helpful Hint*

(Try not to use too much glue. Too much glue can result in 'wavy' saturated paper'. 

Also remember you still want to be able to pierce through all places of the 
board with drawing pins, if we have to much glue or tape 
it will cause us difficultly and blunt the pins.)

STEP FOUR: Paper Folding

Start folding the two shorter sides inwards, pull tight and press down
 into the glue. Use drawing pins as shown if you need

something to keep it in place whilst its drying.

 Once both short side are folded its time to fold up the long sides. Start by cutting a 
small triangle in the corner to remove the excess paper.

Proceed by folding the corner down till its level with the board (Just like wrapping a present) 
do this on both sides of the long section then pull tight over the glue and pin. 

Back of board after previous steps
Front of board after previous steps


*Helpful Hint*

(An alternative to PVA glue is double sided sticky tape. This is a quicker way to 

do things but if you have a 'furry board' like the one above, you may find you sticky tape doing this - image below - when you try to peel the backing paper off.)


STEP FIVE: Repeating steps 3&4 (if using 2 pieces of paper).

Repeat steps three and four on your other piece of paper,making sure any pattern, lines up correctly.
( you may need to pin your second piece of paper at the centre to keep it lined up in place.)

STEP SIX: Decoration.

If your using ribbon (or a contrasting strip of paper) now is the time to use it.

 For this part, simply put double sided sticky tape where you want the ribbon, 

and stick down, making sure to loop round the edges for neatness.

I have used mine straight down the centre, to hide the unsightly join 

and also separate my board into two halves
Have you got something like this? You're doing well!

STEP Seven: Re-Frame.

To reuse the frame, get rid of all the old fittings and tacks.
(Keep hold of the hook for hanging back up later) 

Find a suitable place for painting, somewhere that doesn't mind a
few paint drips or sprays and paint that baby!

When dry re-attach the Hook-for-hanging and glue 
the frame to your cork board.

VoilĂ  it is done!

 All you need to do now is to sort through your memos and decide which ones need to go back on your shiny new pin board. 

I've even added a laminated 'To Do' list which can be used as a dry wipe board with the attached pen.


*Helpful Hint*
Pens attached via ribbons, with double sided sticky tape
and a pin at the top centre of the divider.


I Hope you all enjoyed this Home DIY, Stay tuned for all this and more!
Much Love

(disclaimer: All product self purchased with own funds)

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