I’ve been trying to take my items from drab to fab and this is one easy way to accomplish it. I found this tutorial for a fancy nailhead embellished bulletin board on Live Creating Yourself when she mentioned it in a recent post. Even though Alaina made her tutorial back in 2010, I think the style is very classic and still trending. This is how I worked through my DIY this past weekend and I love the way it turned out.
Materials: (Prices are from Michaels)
This is the before photo. As in this is my tiny cork board that hardly fits anything on it. I really needed a change.
I didn’t even notice this imperfection in the lower right-hand corner until I got home. Good thing I covered it with cloth as it would’ve bothered me. I bought it from Target for really cheap.
This is the duck linen. It is much thicker than regular linen and it looks nicer. The first step is to iron all the wrinkles out. Next take your glue and put it all over the cork, then lay the fabric across and apply pressure. Make sure to get out all the air pockets. The spray adhesive is weird as it comes out like a web. Fabric glue or Mod Podge works fine if you want to brush it all along the cork. Just a little more time.
Once you have the linen glued on, it will look something like this. I cut off a little bit of fabric, but I still had enough to cover the entire back.
Tiny nails would do just fine if you want to take a lot of time to hammer each one in. I started with the hand staple gun, but I’m weak and the staples were not going into the frame all the way. My father loaned me his air compressor and staple gun. It was magically easy to finish this. I applied a little more adhesive on the fold in the middle to make it stay.
This is the toughest part of the project. Pushing in every pin took a toll on my nails (broke two) and chipped off all my mail polish. Plus, my thumb still hurt the next day from all the pressure. I used my pinky finger to measure the width between each stud.
The finished result looks expensive and classy. The way things are supposed to look, amirite? And voila, a beautiful, handmade nailhead bulletin board.