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Craft Project: Family Bulletin Board

Get everyone organized with this by-the-door noteboard

By Pamela Acuff Posted July 28, 2009 from Ty Pennington at Home; Volume 2

Craft Project: Family Bulletin Board

Photo: © Aimee Herring

Never lose a number, bill or note again with this handy family organizer. Actually, it's just a DIY bulletin board for the space near your front door, but each member gets their own section to save important documents or leave notes for others.

Skill Level: Beginner

Materials

455-foot piece of 1⁄2-inch-thick Homasote (see NOTE); spray adhesive; 2 yards of brown burlap or heavy cotton fabric; scissors; heavy-duty stapler and staples; 2 yards of 2-inch-wide ribbon; 3 yards of 1-inch-wide ribbon; 3 Masonite or wooden letters as desired; chrome spray paint; 4 printed cotton napkins; thumbtacks; carpenter’s level; pencil; drill with screwdriver bits; long wood screws; wall anchors (optional); D-rings.

NOTE: Homasote is a wallboard made from recycled paper pulp. It can be purchased at home-improvement stores; ask to have it cut to size for you at the store, or use a circular saw or table saw to cut at home.

Directions

1. Spray adhesive on one side of Homasote. Smooth fabric over glue so fabric extends beyond each side; trim excess fabric so that it extends 3 inches beyond edges of board on all sides.
2. Turn board over; fold fabric toward back, tucking in diagonally at corners and stapling to back. Continue stapling fabric to board, spacing staples about 4 to 6 inches apart.
3. Place board faceup on work surface. Place 2-inch-wide ribbon across width of board, about 1 foot from top; fold ends over to back and staple in place.
4. Cut strip of 1-inch-wide ribbon in half; place strips along height of board, evenly spaced to form three equal sections. Fold ends over to back and staple in place.
5. Spray-paint letters; let dry. Glue a letter to each section of board, above wide ribbon.
6. Fold two napkins in half, right sides out, to form pockets. With folded edge down, tack to each side section of board near lower corners (slip papers, envelopes, etc., between fabric layers to hold in place).
7. To make double pocket for center section of board, fold two napkins in half, right sides out. Fold one napkin in half again and place on top of other napkin, with folded edges aligned at bottom. Tack both layers of napkins to center section of board at corners and where shorter napkin ends. Use additional tacks to split pockets into sections, if desired.
8. Use a carpenter’s level to mark positions of wood screws for mounting into wall studs if possible. If you can’t find studs, mount screws into wall using wall anchors. Attach D-rings to back of message board in alignment with screws; hang D-rings on screws to mount board on wall.

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Posted by Laura Varga

Size?

455 foot piece?? Don't they mean 4 X 5 foot piece?

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Posted by Ami

giveaways

Did the back to school giveaway end?

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