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Bulletin Board
Basic Description Here is an elegant bulletin board that can hold messages, notes, letters and photographs. It acts just like a tack-board, but you don't have to fumble around with push-pins and we think that you will agree that it looks much better. You can customize the colors and the dimension to create a project that fits into its surroundings.

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Additions to the Bulletin Board


It is easy to add a frame to the bulletin board. We simply purchased some pre-primed pine molding and routed a rabbet into the corner. The molding we used is about 2" (5cm) wide and 5/8" (16mm) thick: We made the rabbet about 5/8" (16mm) wide and about 7/16" (11mm) deep. This rabbet will be placed right onto the corners of the bulletin board. Using a miter box saw cut the pieces to fit your bulletin board, and then paint them before proceeding. While you have the paint out you may want to paint the heads of a set of tacks that will be used for the intersections of the ribbons: this will aesthetically associate two of the elements of the project.
paint the frame pieces before attaching them to the bulletin board
Once the paint is dry, attach the frame to the bulletin board with short brads and hit them into place with a nail set. You can fill the holes and any gaps at the joints, with some wood filler, and after it dries, you can touch up the frame with some paint. As shown in the image on the right, we chose a color for the frame that matched another color in the room to tie the decor together.
the bulletin board can be made to match your room's decor


As shown in the image on the right, you can add hooks to the bottom and/or sides of the bulletin board to hold keys etc.


You can attach a sheet of cork to the wood below the fabric. With this addition, you would be able to use the ribbons as well regular tacks to hold your papers. Cork can be purchased in sheet form at many hardware stores and it can be affixed to the wood with spray adhesive. Wrap the fabric over the cork as described in the plan above. If you use cork, note that ordinary thumb tacks will not work well at the intersections of the ribbon; we want the tacks to penetrate into the wood so that they are firm. You will have to find extra long tacks that will reach through the cork and into the wood - these are available but not particularly easy to find.

design considerations

The bulletin that we show in the plan is just a basic version; there are many options and embellishments that you can include.


You can use any fabric you like but it should be durable. If you are using cork behind the fabric as described above, you should choose and open-weave fabric so that the tacks do not leave visible holes. If you are not using cork, you can choose virtually any fabric because you will not be using tacks.


This bulletin board can be made to any size. You could use an entire sheet of plywood if you like, as long as you have a piece of fabric big enough to cover it. Of course if you choose something so large, you will need to attach it to a wall in a very secure manner.

other ideas

You can position the ribbon parallel to the edges of the plywood as opposed to a 45 degree angle. Then you could mount the entire board on the wall at a 45 degree angle in a diamond shape. This would give a very dynamic look and would be easy to create. If you do this, you should probably use the same dimension for the length and width of the plywood so that it doesn't look lopsided, unless that is the look you are after.
you can orient the ribbons so that they are parallel to edges of the board and then mount the bulletin board at an angle

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