Bulliten Board Project

This was a fun and easy DYI decor project.  The nice thing about this project is that you can customize to the room you want to use it in.  This bulletin board was being used in a teen bedroom with the color palette of pink, purple and aqua.

I distressed my board to give it the Shabby Chic look but this is not necessary; it is totally up to you and the style of the room you are going to use it in.  I used a natural colored board because I wanted to do the distressed look.  If you find a board that is already painted white (like a primer) it may use less paint to cover.  I used 2 cans of spray paint because the cork board kept soaking up the paint.  I liked using the ribbon I felt it gave the board a little more dimension but this is optional. 

This project takes about an afternoon due to drying time and depending on how many coats you need to use.  I also covered the frame with a clear sealer spray after I distressed the frame just to make sure the paint would not chip any more than I wanted it to.


Supply List

•Bulletin Board (I found mine at Micheal’s natural color about $14.  I had a coupon so got it for $7.50)

•2 cans of Spray paint

•Sand paper


•rosettes (any little embellishment, rhinestones, shells, buttons… Look in Notions department for other ideas)

•Hot glue gun

•Clear spray paint sealer for frame only (optional)


Project Steps

  1. Sand bulletin board frame so that paint will stick to it.  Especially if it is already coated with a clear sealer; not so important if it is raw wood but still helps.
  2. Spray paint entire board with selected color.  Don’t forget to spray around the edges and a little on the back edge so there are not unpainted areas.  Make sure you are in a well-ventilated area and you protect items around your spraying area.  I did mine in the garage with the door open and the car out 😉
  3. Let dry.  Add additional coats until the bulletin board is covered.  The cork board takes the most paint.
  4. If you are going to distress the frame; do so now with a little sand paper.  It is up to you how distressed you want to make it; the more you sand the more distressed.
  5. If you do distress the board now is the time to give the frame one coat of clear sealer spray.  You can get this at Michael’s or most hardware stores.
  6. Add ribbon and any other embellishments that you might want.
  7. If you are going to use ribbon I found it really helpful to cut out all the ribbon and then lay it out in place to make sure it looks like you want it to.  Then hot glue it in place.  The hot glue really sticks to the cork board so make sure it is where you want it.
  8. Glue each place where the ribbons cross and to the board last.
  9. Add the rosettes or embellishments at each ribbon crossing with hot glue.



Enjoy your custom bulletin board creation.  Click on the photos below for a photo description of many of the steps.

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