Upcycled Cardboard Bulletin Board

About: Engineer and all around dork. I spend all my free time either making stuff, talking to people (in person!!!), or doing yoga

Super easy way to use stuff laying around the house to make a quick and lightweight bulletin board.

Step 1: Stabilize Box

Make the box sturdy by applying masking tape around it when it's in the flattened position. Also add extra reinforcement to the corners to keep them nice and square.

Step 2: Smooth Surface With Paper

I always keep a book of blank newsprint around, but any paper will do. Use a glue stick to apply paper to the front side of your box. This will cover up any logos on the box and smooth out any gaps in the surface.

Step 3: Fabric Wrap

Grab a piece of spare fabric from an old shirt, pillowcase, whatever! Cut it about 2" bigger than your box on all 4 sides. Place the fabric face down on a table, and lay the box on top with the paper-covered side facing the fabric. Use fast drying contact cement on one edge of the back of the box and fold the fabric over. Let dry, and repeat on the side opposite the first, stretching the fabric slightly to make it smooth.

Step 4: Fold Corners

To make the corners look nice, fold the fabric over itself at a 45 degree angle. Note that this is a great way to make the bed too!

Step 5: Secure Corners

Add a few extra drops of contact cement to each corner and press down to secure.

Step 6: Hang

I like to use binder clips to hang this from hooks on the wall because they double as a great way to hold pens or other items. They're also super easy to move so that you don't have to be perfect when placing the hooks.



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    Uncle Kudzu

    4 years ago on Introduction

    You could slap a little acrylic gesso on top of the fabric and you'd have a decent painting surface.