How To: Make a Memo Board from Upcycled Wine Corks

My mom has been “saving” wine corks since the mid-90s. She puts them in a basket on her countertop, and says,she’ll make a wreath out them. “For Christmas?” I’ll ask. “No, for every day. Someday.”

My mom will not be making a wreath out of wine corks.

But since she’s got a whole heap of them, I’m thinking we need to create one of these upcycled wine cork bulletin boards.  

Construction seems pretty easy: Cut corks in half with that big red tool in this picture (what is that thing?!), Continue Reading

How to: Make Large-Scale Inspiration Boards on the Cheap (My Total Office Makeover)

Welcome to our newest blog series, My Total Office Makeover, in which Curbly’s editor-in-chief, Chris Gardner, realizes that as a full-time design and craft blogger working from home, he’d better transform his second bedroom into an inspiring space where work can actually get done.

created at: 01/26/2011

Part VI: Inspiration, Inspiration, Inspiration As a design writer and maker, I spend my days swimming in a sea of image heaviness: photos of incredible rooms, beautiful handmade objects, clever logos and typography, and just awesome looking goodies. Continue Reading

My Total Office Makeover: How to Make a Woodgrain Magnetic Memo Board

Welcome to our newest blog series, My Total Office Makeover, in which Curbly’s editor-in-chief, Chris Gardner, realizes that as a full-time design and craft blogger working from home, he’d better transform his second bedroom into an inspiring space where work can actually get done.

created at: 01/13/2011

Part IV: Getting Organized

I need a clean desktop to stay focused, so I knew I would need a memo board to keep current projects, notes, ideas, and “don’t lose me” documents. Continue Reading

Ugly Plastic Mirror = Shabby Chic Bulletin Board

Monica over at Crafty Nest took a very unattractive plastic mirror and turned it into a shabby chick bulletin board. Her supplies included:

 

  • a large plastic picture frame (a great goal item for your next thrift store/rummage sale outing)
  • homasote board (find a local dealer here)
  • fabric
  • polyester batting
  • spray paint (formulated for plastic, like Krylon Fusion)
  • wide grosgrain ribbon
  • drawer pulls (also a potential rummage sale item)
  • 1- 1/2″ long hanger bolt
  • furniture nails or thumbtacks
  • newspaper

 

For the entire tutorial along with a tools list, visit Crafty Nest. Continue Reading

How to Make a Fabric Bulletin Board

I’ve always wanted to give one of these fabric bulletin boards a go but just haven’t gotten around to it. Now, with Amy’s fabulous tutorial over on Sew, Mama, Sew! I have no excuse not to get on the ball, as they say.

Supplies you’ll need to make one:

  • 1 stretched artist canvas, any size
  • 1 piece of background fabric, cut 2 to 3″ wider than the canvas on all sides
  • 1 piece of lightweight quilt batting, cut to the same size as the background fabric
  • Ribbon, 1/4″ to ½” wide (Amy says that the length depends on the size of the canvas we select as well as the number of ‘trellises’ we want)
  • A staple gun

For the entire tutorial, mosey on over to Sew, Mama, Sew! Continue Reading