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DIY Bulletin Board

Bulletin boards are one of my favorite solutions to clutter. I can’t be the only person who feels like their walls and fridges quickly fill up with fliers and precious finger paintings. That’s where my trusty friend the bulletin board comes in. But it is also no secret that a grocery store bulletin board, while functional, is not always the most beautiful thing to hang up on the wall. That is why I came up with an easy solution to make over a bulletin board for my son’s room. Now, with a framed bulletin board all his art projects can find a home and look stylish too! Framing a bulletin board is a decorating DIY lifesaver!

Supplies you will need:

Bulletin Board Supplies

- A bulletin board of any size (I bought mine for $9 at the grocery store)

- Trim cut to fit the bulletin board. To cut the trim to the perfect size, cut all corners at a 45-degree angle. Make sure the edge of the board with the inside point of the 45-degree angle is 1/2″ shorter than its matching side on the bulletin board. For example, if the bulletin board’s left side is 18″ long, the shorter edge of the left side trim piece should be 17.5″ long. This ensures that trim overlaps onto the front of the bulletin board to give it a framed effect.

- A staple gun and staples

- Wood glue

- Putty and a kitchen knife

- Gorilla Glue

- White paint (optional)

Bulletin Board: Step 1

Step 1: To begin, create a frame shape with your cut trim by laying it out on your work surface. Make sure that the trim is laying right-side-down because you will be stapling the back corners together. Then, using your staple gun, staple all four corners together to keep the trim in a frame shape.

Bulletin Board: Step 2

Step 2: Next, lay out the bulletin board, and add a thick stripe of Gorilla Glue to the bulletin board’s existing frame.

Bulletin Board: Step 3

Step 3: Then place the back side of the trim frame on top of the bulletin board with the Gorilla Glue connecting the two. Let glue dry for 12 hours — it is helpful to clamp all four corners of the trim frame and bulletin board together while it dries.

Bulletin Board: Step 4

Step 4: After your glue dries, you may notice some gaps on the corners of the frame. I simply filled these with wall putty and allowed the putty to dry for an hour or so.

Bulletin Board: Step 5

Step 5: Then, to create a smooth frame, I sanded down all the dried putty. At this point, you may want to add a coat of white paint to give the frame a finished look, or you may want to paint it a different color completely.

Now hang that beauty up and get to finger painting!

Final Bulletin Board


DIY, Handmade

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