How to Make a Bulletin Board


Bulletin boards are a useful tool for homes, classrooms and businesses, providing a place for displaying important messages and documents, as well as decorative elements like photographs. Creating your own bulletin board lets you customize aspects such as size and shape. After creating the basic bulletin board shape, you can decorate it by painting a design onto the front or covering the shape with fabric.

Things You'll Need

  • Pencil
  • Corrugated cardboard
  • Scissors
  • Cork roll
  • Utility knife
  • Spray adhesive
  • Peel-and-stick hanging hardware or nails
  • Draw the desired size and shape of your bulletin board onto a piece of corrugated cardboard. Cut out the outline with scissors.

  • Unroll a piece of cork roll onto a flat surface and place the piece of cardboard on top. Cut around the piece of cardboard with a utility knife to form a cork shape.

  • Apply a layer of spray adhesive to the back of the cork roll piece. Line the cardboard piece up with the cork roll and press into place over the glue. Turn the board over so it’s facing upward and run your hands across the board, smoothing away any air bubbles. Let the glue dry overnight.

  • Nail the bulletin board directly to the wall, or apply peel-and-stick hanging hardware, such as a sawtooth hook, to the back for hanging on a nail.

Tips & Warnings

  • Make the bulletin board the size of any type of standard picture frame. Remove the glass or plastic and place the bulletin board inside for an instant border.
  • Cover the bulletin board with fabric if you don’t like the appearance of the cork. Place the board face down onto a sheet of fabric and trim away any excess, except for a 2-inch border. Apply a layer of glue around the edges of the cardboard, and wrap the fabric around to the back, pressing it into the glue.

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