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NAILHEAD BULLETIN BOARD | DIY

NAILHEAD BULLETIN BOARD | DIY

Nailhead Bulletin Board, DIY, do it yourself, fabric covered cork board

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)

Bulletin Board / $8.99
1.5 yards Duck Linen / $16
5 boxes Nailhead Pins ($3.99 each)
Spray Adhesive / $14.99 (or fabric glue is much cheaper)
Staple Gun / (had one available)

Estimated Time:
One Hour

Nailhead Bulletin Board, DIY, do it yourself, fabric covered cork board

This is the before photo. As in this is my tiny cork board that hardly fits anything on it. I really needed a change.

Nailhead Bulletin Board, DIY, do it yourself, fabric covered cork board

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.

Nailhead Bulletin Board, DIY, do it yourself, fabric covered cork board

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.

Nailhead Bulletin Board, DIY, do it yourself, fabric covered cork board

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.

Nailhead Bulletin Board, DIY, do it yourself, fabric covered cork board

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.

Nailhead Bulletin Board, DIY, do it yourself, fabric covered cork board

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.

Nailhead Bulletin Board, DIY, do it yourself, fabric covered cork board

The finished result looks expensive and classy.  The way things are supposed to look, amirite?  And voila, a beautiful, handmade nailhead bulletin board.



18 thoughts on “NAILHEAD BULLETIN BOARD | DIY”

  • As a kid my bulletin board in my bedroom was the fun way for me to decorate the wall and express myself. Had a lot of fun clipping photos from magazines and hanging mementos on it. Your idea looks like a great idea for a diy project for my daughter’s room so she can enjoy that same experience.

  • I love the way this turned out! It is extremely creative and easy to do. It looks classy also. I think I will make something like this and put it up in the house for our chore charts.

  • This is so sleek! I really love this idea. We are in the process of moving our computer room to the upstairs. I have my old bulletin board that could use a good uplift. Thanks for the idea!

  • I actually made something like this for my daughter years ago. It looks so much classier than a plain ole bulletin board.

  • That’s a really neat idea, and the possibilities are endless with different fabrics. The kids always want to redo their rooms, and this would be a fun project to do.

  • Wow. That came out really nice! I love how the nail heads gave that sassy look to an otherwise boring bulletin board. I’m letting my friend in on this. She’s a preschool teacher and this bulletin board DIY craft would look good on her classroom walls.

  • I love how you spruced up an old bulettin board. The materials are really inexpensive too. I want to make something like this prop it up on my desk at home.

  • I love such DIY projects. Especially when you get something inexpensively and can then come home and make it look like 100 bucks! Well done!

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