Recently I promised you an “inside day” idea so here you go. I needed a “Make Do” project. That’s a – no store shopping, no spending, make do with what’s available – project. My office/studio could use a new bulletin board. So I shopped my house to see what materials I had on hand.
My foam core supply was limited to a couple small sheets but my vision was a much larger board. No more cork rolls either, but in Hubs’ shop I found a huge section of cardboard … poof … a backer board! Nothing big enough in my fabric pieces box, but the remnants bin gave me two pretty options for the cover. And that old, faded quilt I had saved for some reason, was plenty big enough for the lining.
The rest is easy, but just involves several steps
- Measure the wall space and decide what size I want for the finished piece
- Cut my cardboard to those measurements
- My liner must be SMALLER than the backer so I subtract two inches from my measurements, EXAMPLE: My back board is 20″ x 40″ so I cut my liner material at 18″ x 38″.
- Centering the liner on the cardboard; I have an inch of cardboard showing on each edge
- Next begin taping the liner to a long side of the board
- Once that edge is taped, pull it back and put glue all over the CARDBOARD surface
- Pull the liner back over the glued cardboard and smooth it out
Now TAKE A BREAK and let that dry for a bit. You can put a few heavy books on top to help press it down onto the glue.
- Next finish taping the remaining three sides to the cardboard
- Now measure the covering material and it needs to be BIGGER than the cardboard
- I added four inches to give myself plenty of extra material to work with EXAMPLE: With our 20 x 40 example, we would cut our cover fabric at 24″ x 44″ (and trim later if desired)
- I ironed my fabric, then spread it face down (the side you want to see on the finished piece)
- Place your cardboard piece on top of this, so you’re now looking at the raw cardboard back, the liner is in between the finish fabric and your backer, and you see a border of extra front fabric around the edges.
- Now begin the final steps, wrapping and taping the raw fabric edges to the exposed cardboard
- I like to complete a long edge first, then put just a few pieces on each short side to help position and tighten the fabric
- Flip it a few times to see how the front is progressing. You don’t want it too loose on the front, but don’t pul and stretch too tightly either
- When you like how it looks, finish taping the short sides and then the final long one
I hung the finished board using two inner screws and one at each corner.
To cover the screw heads I glued some buttons and beads on top, and below is the finished product.
Whew, that was a bit long, but it really was easy. Start to finish took about four hours.
Until next time – Don’t stress, just start.