Brighten Your Space with a Push-Pin Board


Brighten Your Space with a Push-Pin Board - The Busy LifeAs I’ve mentioned a few times, I am a writer. And as part of my writing process, I use a story board. It was very large and very white and taped right to the wall. It was not only unattractive, it also messed with the space. To be able to see the story cards, the arm chair had to face the wall. This looked awful when you entered the room and made us lose several feet of space in our very small room.

I needed to make a change. And as redoing the office is one of my goals for this year, I figured what better place to start?

The office is all brown–brown desk, brown book cases, brown chair. And as much as I’d like to ditch the brown all together and start fresh, our budget is not prepared for a ground up make-over. So when I went to the fabric store, I needed to find something that would coordinate with the base color of the room.

Here are the supplies you’ll need for the push-pin board:Brighten Your Space with a Push-Pin Board - The Busy Life

  • Styrofoam board. I chose this because aΒ 4′ x 8′ x 3/4″ board is $15 at Lowes. The problem with choosing a styrofoam board is that you can’t place a pin in the same place twice because the material does not spring back into shape. With cork board, you can pin in the same place with no problem, but it’s much pricier in larger quantities.
  • Accent fabric. It needs to be one foot longer than the length of your board (ex. my board was 6′ long so I needed 7′ of fabric). I picked this fabric because it gives me a lot of different accent colors to work with as I redo the room. It’s also very stimulating, so it’ll give me a boost of energy as I work.
  • Boarder fabric. Again this needs to be one foot than the length of your board
  • Staple gun and staples. I borrowed my dad’s. If you have a choice, do not get a manual. I am so sore! If you don’t have access to one, don’t despair. I’ll show you a cheat!
  • Thumb tacks. Choose a tack with a flat head in a coordinating color.
  • Knife (optional) for cutting the board to the appropriate size.

Brighten Your Space with a Push-Pin Board - The Busy Life

So here’s where I will teach a lesson in what NOT to do. I had no idea how to cut through a 3/4″ thick styrofoam board. And I’m not a girl who just has industrial-strength crafting supplies lying around. Nope. What I had was a kitchen knife.

Now, if all you’ve got is a kitchen knife, I’ve proven it can be done. It’s just going to take time. Though I can help it take a little less than it took me. I made a deep score along the line I wanted to cut though, then I flipped the board on it’s side and started cutting downward with a see-saw motion.

For you super awesome people who have access to super awesome equipment, I learned after I spent 45 minutes poking at the board and trying to figure out how to cut it with out cutting myself or the floor that there are tools to make this process much easier. A utility knife will give you a lot more leverage and make the cutting go a lot faster. A hot knife will apparently cut through the board like butter. I have to admit, I wanted to cry a little bit when I found out that such a magic tool existed. But whatever πŸ˜‰

Brighten Your Space with a Push-Pin Board - The Busy Life

After cutting it to the right length, I flipped the board over. I folded an inch or more of the fabric under so it would create a fringeless boarder and create a little reinforcement. I placed the crease 2″ from the bottom of the board and placed staples (parallel to the bottom) every 4-6″.

I flipped the board over and pulled the fabric taught across the front.

Brighten Your Space with a Push-Pin Board - The Busy Life

I scored the board an inch and a half from the edge on either side to make sure that I kept the fabric even all the way to the top. Then I stapled the fabric every six inches–I also scored these beforehand to make it easier as I was going. If you’re working with a fabric that forms lines, like mine, try to make the lines hit the evenly at each 6″ mark.

When you’ve gone up both sides, flip the board over, fold excess fabric under (trim if necessary), and staple securely.

For the boarder I started front-side first.

Brighten Your Space with a Push-Pin Board - The Busy Life

I can be a bit OCD about things lining up and being even. I knew if I tried to staple the fabric on the wrong side and flip it over, it would never line up evenly. So I cheated.Β I used gold thumb tacks to create a rivet-like finish. If you don’t have access to access to a staple gun, you can use this cheat instead of staples. You won’t have quite the same firm hold, but it will do in a pinch!

I set the fabric four inches in from the edge and I lined my pins up with the lines on my fabric (about 4″ apart).

Brighten Your Space with a Push-Pin Board - The Busy Life

To finish, I flipped the board, trimmed the fabric, folded an inch or more of fabric under, and stapled along the edge. When I reached the corner, I folded it like a Christmas present and set extra staples in to ensure a firm hold through the many layers of fabric.

And voila! You have a fabulous DIY push-pin board.

Brighten Your Space with a Push-Pin Board - The Busy Life

This board can be used for classrooms, offices, kitchen chore charts–the possibilities are endless! For me, this giant board is an great centerpiece for my soon to be awesome office! And just in time for me to start on my next novel.

Brighten Your Space with a Push-Pin Board - The Busy Life

What would you use a board like this for? How have you made better use of your space?Β What waysΒ do you brighten your space?Β 

Happy crafting!

Megan Gonzalez

By | 2015-09-23T23:39:09+00:00 September 24th, 2015|Crafts & DIY|39 Comments

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  1. Tabitha October 8, 2015 at 3:14 pm - Reply

    That’s a really cute idea!! I might make a smaller version for my office. Sounds like fun and looks FABULOUS.

    • Megan Gonzalez October 8, 2015 at 4:02 pm - Reply

      And it was so easy! I loved making it and I love how it’s brightened up my office. I hope you enjoy it Tabitha!

  2. Tirralan - Tinseltown Mom September 30, 2015 at 1:15 am - Reply

    Great ideas. I love DIY activities even though I rarely DIY myself. I still think these are useful tips.

  3. Bethany September 25, 2015 at 1:12 pm - Reply

    What a great idea, you could do so many things with it!

    • Megan Gonzalez September 25, 2015 at 1:15 pm - Reply

      I know! I still have a 2′ x 4′ piece of the board left and my mind is spinning with possibilities πŸ™‚

  4. Taylor September 25, 2015 at 12:27 pm - Reply

    Great job, girl! That looks awesome!!

    • Megan Gonzalez September 25, 2015 at 12:38 pm - Reply

      Thanks Taylor! I was really pleased! It was the first time I’d worked with a staple gun πŸ˜‰

      • Taylor September 25, 2015 at 2:58 pm - Reply

        OH WOW! GREAT JOB! hahaha! you look like a pro!

  5. Ashley September 25, 2015 at 8:26 am - Reply

    In love with this!!! Thanks for sharing

  6. Betsy @ Happily Ever After, Etc. September 24, 2015 at 10:08 pm - Reply

    I love how big it is!! I had several (little) boards like this in college above my desk.. they held up great over the four years I was there! I didn’t have too many problems with not being able to pin in the same place ether! I love how you took a project that you need and made it pretty and functional! Great idea!

  7. Hannah September 24, 2015 at 8:02 pm - Reply

    This is such a great idea! It’s so cute and colorful AND useful, everything you need πŸ™‚ I’m going to be moving soon but when I do I’m seriously considering doing this πŸ™‚

    • Megan Gonzalez September 24, 2015 at 9:33 pm - Reply

      Thanks Hannah! It’s so great to keep everything easily accessible and in one place!

  8. Tayrina September 24, 2015 at 2:42 pm - Reply

    I need something like that right now! I have bulletin board but it’s so small. Love this idea! Thanks for sharing!!!

    • Megan Gonzalez September 24, 2015 at 2:45 pm - Reply

      Hi Tayrina! That is the most common problem out there. The boards are way too small and still not cheap enough. This was inexpensive, fun to make, and completely customizable. I’m so excited for the new pattern I got because it gives me so many colors to work with when redoing the office!

  9. Kaitlyn September 24, 2015 at 2:09 pm - Reply

    What a super great idea! I purchased a tack board/white erase board to become a vision board for my husband and I. To fill with scripture and quotes, intimacies and lovely advice day to day. It was $15, which isn’t terrible, but is small. I could easily use one like you’ve made for the kids! How super fantastic! Thank you for sharing!

    • Megan Gonzalez September 24, 2015 at 2:42 pm - Reply

      Thank you Kaitlyn! That was why I made one. Every board I saw was waaaaay too small or waaaay to expensive. So I wanted to make one that was not to expensive and very pretty! It wasn’t nearly as difficult as I thought it might be. Just make sure you’ve got the right tools πŸ™‚

      • Kaitlyn September 24, 2015 at 2:51 pm - Reply

        Thats a lot more encouraging because I’m not the thriftiest person in the world πŸ˜‰

  10. Kalee September 24, 2015 at 1:48 pm - Reply

    This is super cute!!! I LOVE this idea!!! I’d never thought to use that material before so thanks for sharing this!! Will be doing this when I move back to the states πŸ™‚


    • Megan Gonzalez September 24, 2015 at 2:36 pm - Reply

      Thanks Kalee! I really enjoyed making it and it wasn’t that difficult! And having all the right tools would make it all the easier πŸ™‚

  11. Lauren English September 24, 2015 at 1:05 pm - Reply

    Such a great idea to keep things organized! And a fun bright color too! Haha I have SO been there with trying to use my random tools to do jobs that there are definitely special tools for. We do what we’ve gotta do, right? πŸ˜‰

    • Megan Gonzalez September 24, 2015 at 1:14 pm - Reply

      That is so true Lauren! And I want to do DIY because it’s less expensive. When I have to buy all the fancy tools, I feel like it defeats the purpose. So I borrow where I can and beggars can’t be choosers πŸ˜‰

  12. Autumn Dickens September 24, 2015 at 12:16 pm - Reply

    Wow. That’s so simple! And I love the print of your fabric. Thanks for the tutorial!

    • Megan Gonzalez September 24, 2015 at 1:13 pm - Reply

      Thanks Autumn! Once I figured out what on earth I was doing, it was pretty simple. And it would be so much easier with an electric stapler!

  13. Sara Strand September 24, 2015 at 11:46 am - Reply

    I was thinking about making one of these for in my dining room which I use as my “everything mom needs to do” space.

    • Megan Gonzalez September 24, 2015 at 11:55 am - Reply

      That would be perfect Sara! I’m thinking of using my leftover board as an everything-I-need-to-remember space.

    • Della April 29, 2016 at 12:50 pm - Reply

      Sonay’s right! It’s so much more fun playing with them than doing tasks that we can do when they aren’t around as much. These times are going by so fast! I loved all of these pictures!

  14. Liz Jo September 24, 2015 at 11:42 am - Reply

    Love this! I think that would brighten our front room so much. I would love to do cork, but you’re right it’s expensive!

    liz jo @ sundays with sophie

    • Megan Gonzalez September 24, 2015 at 11:53 am - Reply

      Thanks Liz Jo! The foam board worked out nicely because it was so cheap and I could do a large board which is what I needed. I checked out the cork because that was my top choice, but the cork board you would buy in a roll is so thin that you couldn’t even stick a pin in it. We tried to use it in our last house and it was a very ugly-looking disaster!

  15. Angela @ Setting My Intention September 24, 2015 at 11:13 am - Reply

    What a great idea! I would probably use this for my sons’ artworks and things they like to display. I display them for a short time and then recycle, or take photos and then recycle since we’re trying to cut the clutter in our house. I couldn’t help but laugh at the picture with you and your kitchen knife! Watch out world – don’t stand between a woman and her project!

    • Megan Gonzalez September 24, 2015 at 11:23 am - Reply

      Thanks Angela! I love the idea of having a display board for the kid’s artwork! I will have to remember that for when I have kids. And yeah, me and the kitchen knife were a pretty dangerous pair. It’s a good thing my husband wasn’t around to witness it, or he would’ve been having a fit!

  16. Ginger Marie September 24, 2015 at 10:26 am - Reply

    This is such a great idea!!! I could see my room with these on both sides of my bed and then hanging reminders of things I need to get done! I love it! Thanks for sharing. πŸ™‚

    Ginger Marie |

    • Megan Gonzalez September 24, 2015 at 11:20 am - Reply

      These would be perfect for reminder boards Ginger. And that sheet of styrofoam would definitely be big enough to make multiple boards.

  17. Elizabeth September 24, 2015 at 9:56 am - Reply

    Love this idea! I’m the queen of DIY crafts (or at least hoarding ideas on pinterest) Ill definitely give this a go and put it in my dorm! Thank you!

    • Megan Gonzalez September 24, 2015 at 11:19 am - Reply

      A dorm room would be the perfect place for something like this! What a great idea Elizabeth. And I know all about hoarding ideas. I’ve been hoarding them for so long I figured I should start doing them!

  18. Danielle September 24, 2015 at 9:18 am - Reply

    This is a neat idea! I currently have a cork board set up beside my bed and I pin my notes and reminders to it. I love this way of doing it too. Thanks for sharing!

    • Megan Gonzalez September 24, 2015 at 9:23 am - Reply

      That’s so awesome that you have one next to your bed! What a great idea Danielle. That way you don’t forget anything.

  19. Crystal @ Dreams, etc. September 24, 2015 at 9:04 am - Reply

    This is a great idea! Right now I use cards taped to the back of my bedroom door or to my closet doors. πŸ™‚

    • Megan Gonzalez September 24, 2015 at 9:23 am - Reply

      I have been there Crystal! And I love this board because I can tuck it behind the chair when I’m done and it still looks pretty!

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