Thursday, January 1, 2009

How to Make a Fabric and Ribbon Noteboard

Originally I was going to add cork to this black frame I had in the attic. I was at Hobby Lobby getting some art framed today and as I was looking around I saw several note boards that were fabric and ribbon and I changed my mind. Besides a roll of cork was $14.99. Insanely, it was cheaper to buy a whole cork board for $12.99 (which I pondered). Then I wandered over to the decorator fabric and saw that it was 30% off. It actually cost less to buy some beautiful decorator fabric and a couple of rolls of $.99 grossgrain ribbon. So that is what I did.

First you will need some supplies; 1) a nice frame, 2) two pieces of foam board cut to the size of the frame inset, 3) a remnant of fabric of your choice (preferably something heavier such as a home dec. fabric), 4) a piece of cotton batting (cotton batting works best for these note boards. It is denser and not "fluffy" like the polyester batting), 5) a few spools of inexpensive grossgrain ribbon, 6) upholstery tacks (I used 21 for my note board), 7) and a hot glue gun.

First, you may want to lay the frame over the fabric to center any print in the fabric. Trace around the frame with a pen and cut on lines. This will allow extra fabric to wrap around the foam board backing.

Next, cut a piece of batting to exact size of the foam board and lightly glue in place. Lay out your fabric wrong side up and place foam board, batting side down on fabric, centering on the fabric.

Cut the corners out just as I have (above), this will keep the corners from being too bulky when you place it in the frame.

Next, glue the sides to the foam board back. A great tip is to start on one end and then switch to the other end opposite. This keeps the fabric stretched evenly as you glue in place.

Now you will begin to add the ribbon. Start by going from corner to corner. Dot a small amount of hot glue on the front just as the edge of the fabric to hold in place. Then once you have criss-crossed the ribbons, add a tack. This keeps your lines straight. Helpful tip: after I pressed the tack through I put a glob of hot glue around the point of the tack to hold it. Later you will add a second piece of foam board to cover the back and cover the sharp upholstery tack tips. Finish your ribbon and tacks.

Then you are ready to place it in the frame. Next you will add the second piece of foam board and then secure in the frame by bending down the tabs on the back of the frame. Last, add a hanger if it did not have one and then VOILA! you are done.

Hang it on the wall and admire your work. Oh, and don't forget to tuck some things in the ribbons or tack things to the note board as needed.

Anyone who comments on this post will be entered to win a fabulous initial (letter of your choice), like the one I have on my note board. I will use to choose the winner. Winner will be announced Monday, January 5th.

Oh, and Happy New Year!

Be Inspired! -Karol :0)


Lynn said...

Happy New Year to you guys! You know, I've purchased these boards for Hannah and Katelyn's rooms - they stick a few pictures under the ribbons. Though theirs do match their rooms fairly well, I never thought about customizing my own board like this. GOOD IDEA! Looking forward to the spring and the inspiration I know you'll share! : )

Fran said...

Your board looks beautiful! Thanks for telling us how to do it. I think I will put some of my extra frames to use!


Kasey Hunt said...

Thanks for putting it step by step. It's lovely. Good job.

Brandi @ Talmadge Designs said...

Love it! I made a cork board from an old window but love the idea of having pretty fabric as the backing. I love the colors you selected and the nice tutorial. Happy New Years!

Corgidogmama~ said...

Just're competing with Martha, and a good contender!!
Hope your NY's is a happy one.

Peggy said...

Happy New Year Karol! Once again, you simply amaze me! This is SO beautiful! I'm going to have to try this! Thank you for the step-by-step instructions!

Sadie said...

well I'm going to rename you Martha! What a lovely thing to make, and how lovely of you to share the How To.

Love your photo in the previous entry. Gorgeous.

Happy New Year! Much love to you all xxxx

The Nester said...

This is a fantastic project and it turned out lovely!

Thank you for sharing!

Krista said...

I am absolutely inspired! What a great idea! Maybe I should start making Christmas presents early for next year.. hmm.. Thanks! :)


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