One of my office must haves is a pin board. I’ve had so many over the years I’ve lost count. Its handy, effective and keeps all those notes safe! I am a messy organised person in the office, I have a million notebooks but not one that is allowed to hold those scrappy bits of paper with my hurried little notes on!

Being in lock down and having extra work hours, extra university hours and extra blogging duties a pin board has become a must and a need! Can I get one locally? Nope. So I made one, which turned out to be amazing as you can make it exactly how you want!

Like what?

  • Size-you can make it as big or small as you need
  • Shape- If you don’t want the usual rectangle shape, why not make a heart, circle or even something more out there! Honeycomb, teddy bear face, TV, iPad or even a 90’s boombox!
  • Colour- As its fabric covered you can have any colour, theme, pattern you like!
  • Personalised pins- You can get crafty and make your own pins!

What do I need?

  • Cardboard, box card, thicker the better
  • Fabric
  • String
  • PVA Glue
  • Hot Glue
  • Drawing pins
  • Notes
  • Quotes
  • Figures and items to turn into pins
  • Drawing pins or push pins

Let’s Craft!

  1. Okay let’s get this thing going! Decide on the shape and size of your board.
pin board

2. Once you’ve decided to cut out the design!

3. Now you have your basic board, make your board thicker by cutting out your design and sandwiching the two together with glue.  Leave your board to dry for a bit TIP Use bulldog clips to hold the cardboard pieces together till they dry.

pin board

4. Lay out your fabric and draw a rough outline around your board, don’t worry if its untidy, we can neaten this up.

pin board

5. Cut out the fabric.

6. Using PVA spread a layer of glue over the board and press the fabric down firmly, smooth the surface of any air bumbles and lumps, don’t worry if the glue seeps through, PVA dries clear. Leave to dry.

7. Turn over the board so the fabric is face down. Trim the edges so they’re neater, but not too much that they can’t be glued down at the back.

8. Use the hot glue to secure the lose fabric to back.

 9. While using the hot glue gun, glue string to the back of the board so you can hang it on the wall, you can use ribbon if you chose or attach a picture hanging loop.

Let’s make some pins!

The possibilities are endless when it comes to making the pins. You could use:

  • Small toy figures
  • Lego bricks
  • Shells
  • Pom Poms
  • Buttons
  • Felt cut outs
  • Paper embellishments
  • Small soft toys
  • Fimo or clay creations
  • Wood rings
  • Old keys
  • Corks
  • Bottle tops
  • Wooden cotton stools

10. Once you’ve decided what you want to turn into pins, all you need to do is hot glue a drawing pin to the back of the object and leave to dry!

pin board

 12. Once everything is dry, add some photos, quotes and notes

13. Hang where you need it and away you go!

There you have it, your own pin board. Cheap, cheerful and easy to make! Give it a go! Use them to brighten up your study or workspace. IDEA– If you don’t need it for notes how about turning it into a vision board or even a place to display photos of all those fun memories you’ve made?

If you’ve tried this make…

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