I promise that Make Your Own isn’t going to be all about bulletin boards. I realize that the first two posts in this series have been on this subject, but it’s been out of necessity. I promise to bring you some fresh new ideas soon….very soon, for now I bring you an extra-large bulletin board solution.
I have a really long wall in my office that was in need of some sort of decoration. I considered wall-mount shelves, wall paper and even wall decals, but my practical side talked me out of it. I already have shelving and the wall paper or decals didn’t serve a purpose. The office I currently occupy is fairly small and I have to make every square inch count. What I needed most were bulletin boards; a place to post design inspiration, color schemes and even mementos.
For several months I searched. I really wanted magnetic chalk boards or a cork board in a great frame. I either needed one extra-large board or three large boards, but I couldn’t find anything in my price range. (I have three kids who need braces and clothes and books….so spending a ton of money on bulletin boards for my office would be a little selfish.)
At the craft store I came up with an idea-that sometimes happens at craft stores-to use artist canvas boards. They were on sale two for one, so I could buy three large boards for $60. Jackpot!!!
I thought I might have to insert foam backing to hold the pins, but I didn’t. I used a variety of small map tacks and See Jane Work Basic Push Pins. They all worked great.
Here are the boards I used. When I first carried them into the building my colleagues were skeptical that this would look good.
Here are the boards mounted. They’re so large, I have plenty of room left after posting all my magazine tear-outs, paint chips and mementos.
What should you hang on your boards? It depends on your job. I hung color chips…….
And a treasured note from an employee……
Here is a close-up of the map tacks I used…….
The T style tacks are available at Office Depot. The small silver ball map tack is not available for purchase, but before you get all worked-up I have good news. Advantus Corp., our parent company, actually manufactured these in the U.S. so we’re going to fire up the old machines and produce a batch. We’ll have them up on the site and available for purchase very soon.