Fabric Covered Bulletin Board


I’m pretty excited about this one. It’s a bigger project than some of mine and felt pretty cool because I used fabric, a saw, a drill, hot glue, mod podge, etc. Quite a combo!

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 work space area:

Fabric Bulletin Board Tutorial
Fabric covered bulletin board tutorial

how to make a bulletin board
Holds all my important papers for me to glance at while I am working. So handy!


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 tiles wide and 2 tiles tall) 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/wall mounts
1 yard of felt
Mod podge or craft glue of some sort
Hot glue

Here’s How:
Grab your cork tiles.
cork board
Cut a piece of felt for each one that is exactly the dimensions of your tiles (12″ x 12″). (This is just going to give your bulletin board a little more depth and make it more durable.)

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.
Fabric covered cork board

how to make a cork board

Now take one of your fat quarters and turn the cork 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:
office organization

fabric bulletin boards

mod podge bulletin board

It should look like this when you are done. A few of mine weren’t quite tight enough so I just pulled one edge free from the glue and tried again and that worked fine.

kids bulletin board idea

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 cork 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? That way you won’t be able to see it once you mount this on the wall.
diy bulletin board

Because I knew that the edge of my board might show just a little if I walked past the bulletin board or something ((because of the layout of my room), I painted the edges white:
diy cork board

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:
diy office projects

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 lined up nice and straight and right in place:

how to make a bulletin board for office

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 Lowe’s 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:

I’m going to add a framed dry erase board near it as well as a few other fun accessories in the future.

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Hey there! I'm Amber, mom of 4 crazy boys, wife of 1 and non-stop, always busy, crazy project doer. (There's a reason why we call it *Crazy* Little Projects.) I love chocolate, reading, sewing and being with people!
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Comments

  1. says

    LOVE the bulletin board!! It’s sooo FUN!!

    Thanks for sharing this at The DIY Dreamer.. From Dream To Reality. I’m looking forward to seeing what you link up this evening :)

  2. says

    Hi Amber,

    I love your cork board! Too cute! I need to make something like this for my little girls’ room. They are “treasure” keepers, maybe this will help limit our treasures, but keep the important stuff within view.

    I followed you over from the How to Nest for Less linky party. I would love if you stopped by my blog.

    Thanks for sharing,
    Laura

  3. Wendy says

    This looks like great fun to do. I have a couple of pieces of fabric left over from bag holders I made. I think the patterns on those fabrics will work well together. Thanks so much for the inspiration.

  4. Sri says

    Hi,

    That’s Really Nice.
    I am new to US and need some information on buying these things.
    Where can I get the fabric?

    Thanks,
    Sri

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