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I am not a MDIYer…MUST do-it-yourself-er. There are those who excel and get an endorphin rush making things themselves rather than paying someone else for it -- and do so a majority of the time. I once bought a cookbook with a recipe for homemade pop-tarts…as amazing as I know they would have been, it's been sitting on my shelf for well over a year now gathering dust. I tend to DIY when I can't find what I am looking for, or when I am yearning to learn a new skill. Today's post is about the former.

I find great value in supporting cottage businesses and local makers and in saving myself time. However, I have been wanting to acquire a linen bulletin board for a while now and after trying really hard to pay for a ready-made piece, I was coming up short.  I love me some etsy, but all of the boards I came across were either the wrong size or too expensive. In creating a micro-office space in a corner of my living room/dining room/workspace, I needed a statement piece for my wall that would declare "creative office". I needed it to be large enough to house the millions of inspirational tear sheets I hoard and able to utilize our high ceilings. It also needed to be attractive…in this triple purpose room, there is no hiding utility -- it needs to have style. 

So, after much searching, I decided to do it myself. There are probably a million different ways to approach this project-- this was my method. Enjoy!


Custom Linen Bulletin Board with Nailhead Trim : supplies + {my resources}

Linen: enough yardage to cover board + 1/2 yard {MOOD fabric}

Bulletin Board: mine measured 48" x 36" {Global Industrial

Hammered Upholstery nails: I used 32…if you go nailhead crazy you'll need more. There are also a variety to choose form…smooth, silver, etc. {}

Magnetic Tac Hammer:  I am sure a regular hammer works for this, but I was very happy with this tool. It's lighter weight than a standard hammer and allows more precise hammering. {}

Hot glue gun/ glue sticks: {}  

Measuring tape


This is just like wrapping a present or building a painter's canvas-- you are pulling the fabric tight while gluing so that it doesn't move.

1. Place your board face down on your linen. For reference, think of your board as a compass with a North, South, East, and West edge. Get your glue heated up and glue a small section of the linen to the back of the board on the North end to hold it. You are gluing on the wooden frame on the back of the board (not the side).

2. While pulling your fabric tight, glue a small section on the exact opposite side (South).

3. Now glue a small section in the middle of the East and West sides.

4. Go back to the North edge and pull the linen taught, gluing another piece. Work this way around the board, pulling the linen tight, and gluing along the edge of the back of the board. IMPORTANT: When you get to the corners, don't glue-- trim the fabric and tuck the corner so that it lies flat..then glue. Once you are finished, the linen on the front of the board should be really tight. If you have a lot of excess fabric, trim with scissors or a razor. 

5. Flip the board over and use a measuring tape to find the exact middle of the North edge. Hammer an upholstery nail in here.

6. Find the middles of all sides, placing nails. Now, put nails in the corners of the board. You now have 8 nails placed. Keep measuring the mid-points between nails on each sides until you have as many nails as you want for your desired look. I ended up with 9 nails going vertically and 10 horizontally.