Monday, January 10, 2011

what i made monday: burlap pin board

I really love this burlap message board by Ballard.  I figured I could probably make it myself and save the $49 since I already had all the materials on hand.

I made mine with a darker burlap, and it's also a bit smaller {9x12}, but I really like the way it came out.

If you would like to make one, here's what you'll need:

:: canvas {available at any craft store}
:: burlap
:: glue gun
:: staple gun {optional}
:: side cutting pliers {see note below}
:: upholstery tacks {you can get these at most fabric stores, they come in a pack of 25 for a few dollars}
:: permanent marker

Step 1: Lay your canvas upside down on the burlap and cut the burlap out.  You'll want to cut the burlap about 1 1/2" larger than the canvas on all sides so that you have enough material to wrap around and attach.

Step 2: Starting with the short sides, fold and glue or staple your burlap to the back of the canvas {kind of like your are wrapping a gift}

Step 3: Lay out your tacks upside down on the now burlap covered canvas.  Get a good feel for how you want them spaced and then use a permanent marker to lightly dot where each tack will go.

Step 4: Using the pliers, cut the sharp end of the tack off, making it as flat as possible.  Do this for all of the tacks you are using.  By the way, I was totally clueless about these pliers, but after I broke a tool, Mark heard my whimper from across the kitchen and brought out those ginormous pliers you see pictured above.  Then he cut all the tacks for me.  I'm such a lucky girl.  The whimper works every time...

Step 5: Place a dab of glue on the underside of the tack and attach to the burlap where you placed the dot with your permanent marker.  Do this for all of the tacks.

Step 6: Stand back and enjoy your work! 

You can attach photos, notes, or anything else you like!  I liked how the black and white beach photos look against the burlap, and I also like having an easy to change photo display.

You can use any fabric you like and mix and match different sized canvases also.  I think it would be fun to use some bright cheery fabrics on the canvas and use it as a way of displaying children's artwork.  

I hope you like the tutorial and if you make one, would you please send me a photo?  I would love to see it!

I hope you all have a great start to your week.  Be sure and come back tomorrow for some big giveaway news!!

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  1. That turned out really cute Amber and I love the pictures of you and your family!

  2. I am so glad to find you! Found you through MSS...I just love your jewelry...and all things starfish:)...I will be back often!

  3. SO clever and fabulous! I'm a visitor from over at Sweet Savannah, so glad to find your blog!

  4. Hi Amber,I've just become your follower. I live in Australia and have never seen jewellery like yours.I think it's gorgeous and so inspiring.I've entered Melanies giveaway and I'm keeping my fingers and toes crossed..xx

  5. Hi Amber!
    I'm your newest follower! Your jewelry is charming and romantic! So pleased to follow you and your creative design process at home...You have a beautiful family!
    I found your blog through Melaine today!

  6. that did come out cute! Love the whimper tactic too.
    I came over from Air your Laundry at Jaimies blog.

  7. That is adorable, Amber! Your photos are so pretty, too. Thank you for linking up!

  8. What a great idea! Too cute and would look great in ANY room! Thanks for sharing! :)

  9. oh i just love it and the b+w photos just make it all pop. nice!

  10. I love it! Thanks for sharing such a cute idea & the How-To.

  11. Love it. I think I might just have to make this.

  12. Love this! I'm definitely inspired to do the fabric covered one for kids' artwork display!

  13. Did you not need to use any corkboard material? I'd love to make this too but I can't figure out where to get corkboard in those larger sizes.

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