My boys have a crap-load of paperwork that they bring home. Tons. And it drives me batty. I’m sure many of you can relate. What generally happens is it gets thrown out or lost and then things don’t get turned in or done on time. We needed a fix. Pronto. We have baskets where they keep some of their favorite pieces of artwork or things they bring home, but we needed more.
I could have just grabbed some cork boards from Target or Michael’s and called it good, but of course, I needed to create something. I went to Home Depot in hopes of finding something that I could use as a bulletin board, and I did. One of the helpful HD guys directed me towards a product that is used under siding for homes…I think it’s called builtrite or buildrite. It looks a bit like hardboard, but is softer and not smooth on one side. Pushpin friendly.
I had the gentleman at HD cut a 4×8 sheet into four pieces for me and that was it. It’s not an expensive material either, maybe $17 for the whole sheet.
We have a lack of fabric stores where I am, so I had to go into the cities to get some fabric. I found two fabrics that I debated between, one was a softer butterfly fabric and the other was a bold fabric…this time, I went bold! I figured that I will want to change it in a few years anyway, so why not try something different!
I laid out the fabric on our library table and used it as a guide to cut my pieces.
Then I just placed the board on top (fabric is flipped over, so the right side will be out) and started stapling the material to it.
After I stapled the fabric all the way around, I measured 2 inches in from the sides and 2 inches down from the top and attached some d-rings to the board.
Super easy! You can all do this!
Next up was measuring the spacing for the wall. On our wall, I marked the middle of the wall and the middle of the board and then measured out from each, I can’t remember how far the hooks were from the middle of the board, but then I just transferred that to the wall and put in screws with drywall anchors. Then I measured 8 inches in from each wall and put an anchor and screw and marked the distance to the other d-ring and then transferred that to the wall and put in another anchor and screw. And that was it. Middle board is centered on wall and the other two are six inches from the end (with 2 inches in for the d-ring on the board). Does this all make sense? In my brain, it totally makes sense.
So, in the end this is what I ended up with:
I know some of you may want me to move the pictures above to match the center of the boards, but I like the tiered look of this wall instead of lining everything up. In person it totally looks better. I promise.
The boys are already using them. We’ve got popcorn words, spelling words, homework assignments, and art. Love it! Turned out great and I have no more papers piled up on my kitchen counter!