Criss cross bulletin boards are practical and attractive. Used to display photographs, notes, souvenirs or other items, they can be large or small, plain or decorative, whimsical or formal. This is an excellent project for children and adults and can be made to give as gifts.
Things You'll Need
- White foam core board 20-inches x 30-inches
- Decorative fabric, lightweight, 1 yard
- Hot glue gun and glue sticks
- Contrasting ribbon, 1/2-inch wide, 3 yards
- Small plastic buttons
Lay fabric flat on work table, right side down. Lay foam core on top so fabric extends beyond the board about 2 1/2 inches all the way around. If necessary, cut extra fabric away from the other sides with scissors.
With hot glue gun, apply a thin strip of glue 2 inches from the edge of one side about 6 inches long. Lift the extended fabric on the side and press down onto the glue. Continue doing this all around the board until all the fabric is secured to the back of the board. Overlap the corners and glue down to make a neat finish.
Flip the board over so that the front is up. Put a dab of glue at one corner on the front of the board. Press one end of ribbon on top to secure. Leave 2 inches of the ribbon hanging beyond the board. Pull it over and secure to the back with hot glue.
Put a dab of hot glue on the opposite corner of the board where the ribbon was secured. Pull the ribbon gently and secure it to the glue. Cut the ribbon 2 inches beyond the corner and secure it over the board to the back with hot glue. Continue laying ribbon on the opposite corner of the board as above, and similarly with more criss cross strips. (See illustration).
Add plastic buttons with hot glue where the ribbons criss cross. Make sure the ribbons are secured to the board with hot glue where they criss cross.
Tips & Warnings
- Create a criss cross bulletin board in colors and themes for the intended user.
- The spacing between the ribbons is discretionary, but always begin at the four corners.
- If a child participates in this project, an adult should handle the hot glue gun.
- Photo Credit Bulletin board by Natasha Lawrence
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