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BrknArrow518
« on: March 19, 2008 07:44:48 AM »

 
 Hi everyone!  My daughter loves this wall organizer from PB Teen but it is WAY too expensive!  Does anyone have any ideas on how to make one or has anyone made something similar to this?

Any help would be great!

Thanks a lot!
 
 
 
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« Reply #1 on: March 19, 2008 08:06:26 AM »

That's really cool! Then I looked at the website http://www.pbteen.com/products/p3083/index.cfm?pkey=caccwal and  Shocked That's crazy expensive!

I would probably get a frame, then buy some cork board square tiles
(like http://www.officemax.com/omax/catalog/sku.jsp?skuId=11134550&searchString=cork+tiles&productId=ARS24657 or I bought smaller ones in a 4-pack at Target) Cover some in cute fabric of her choice. I would probably do some plain wood ones, too, since the cork tiles are pricier. You could do some zig-zagged with ribbons for photos or notes tucked under.

For the dry-erase board, I would either cut an old one up, or I would cover a white square in plastic (3-ring binder presentation sleeves work fine with dry-erase markers). Pegboard you could buy a bit, or just drill holes into a square of wood.

For the chalkboard, I would paint a square with chalkboard paint
(like http://www.rustoleum.com/CBGProduct.asp?pid=103
or Krylon makes a spray kind. Martha tells us how to make a custom color http://www.marthastewart.com/article/make-custom-color-chalkboard-paint if you want pink? Or this kind is tintable http://www.hometownpaint.com/neat_idea6.htm)
There are also magnetic chalkboard paints if you want that, too! A magnetic one could be a nice bonus. =) A magnetic or Velcro square would be fun, or a mirror.

Now I want to make one! Good luck!
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« Reply #2 on: March 19, 2008 08:14:07 AM »

Thanks Kahlan!  You had a lot of great ideas!  I knew I would find help on here.  Even if I could afford the one at PB Teen, I would never pay that!  They are ridiculously overpriced on everything.

Thanks again!

P.S.  My daughter's birthday is coming up.  If I am ambitious enough to try to make it by then I will post pictures.
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« Reply #3 on: March 19, 2008 08:24:30 AM »

OK - kahlan was faster and offering better information than me - but I will post anyway Wink I tried. hehe


This thing is huuuuge and you are right ... way to expensive!

I have thought of some possibilities to copy it. I bet there are more ideas of others coming Smiley

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You could buy some huge cork and a frame. Then you could quilt your favorite fabrics and cover the cork with it. Attach frame. You could make those letters out of felt or other material and just sew/glue them on.
The whole thing wouldn't be magnetic and funky (chalkboard, erase board...) like the original but you could pin cute papers on it. I think it would be more simple, instead of attaching magnets to everything. You could even attach some ribbons like on french memo boards, looks cuutee.

2.
Buy a magnetic memoboard or make one yourself with magnet grounding. You could even make squares with black board grounding. Then you can glue on different papers (or you find a way to make those papers magnetic).

3.
Really copy the board part for part. Buy groundings, pegboard, corkboard, fabrics- attach to squares (maybe chipboard?). Then you could attach those chipboard plates to a magnetic board - then your daughter could move all squares from time to time. I guess this alternative will be expensive though.

What do you think??
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« Reply #4 on: March 19, 2008 10:28:16 AM »

i think i saw parts of the things you need at IKEA... have to check.

i think i will steal all the ideas that you get here and make one, too.

oh, also... there is magnetic paint (i think you get it in the lowes or home depot type stores) that you could use to make paper (or cloth???) areas magnetic, as long as you treated the other side before applying the magnetic paint, so it didn't leak through.  alternatively, take a metal shears and cut metal from like large square cookie tins and bend the edges under for safety.  then (if it's already pretty) attach it as is and if it's not, paint or cover with thin paper or cloth.  I think this would still take magnets, but you could experiment first to see how well it works.

Edit: gah.... i can't READ straight.
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« Reply #5 on: March 19, 2008 10:41:11 AM »

I can't believe they want $559 for that.  That is an insanely over priced.  I would love to see the result when you finish making your own.
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« Reply #6 on: March 19, 2008 10:50:28 AM »

that's like ... $30 per square?! or is my math even worse than i thought it was?!?!?!
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« Reply #7 on: March 19, 2008 10:53:40 AM »

I had to break out the calculator and it is $34.94 a square.  Crazy!
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« Reply #8 on: March 19, 2008 10:56:22 AM »

I had to break out the calculator and it is $34.94 a square.  Crazy!

Well even if $50 is the frame... still outrageous from all sides.
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« Reply #9 on: March 19, 2008 11:24:38 AM »

That looks really cool!

I'd take a big pressed wood plank of 48'' x 48'' and divide it in 16 squares of 12'' x 12''. I'd then glue sheets of scrapbooking paper in some of the squares, put some cork sheets in others (you'd find those in office supply stores or at department stores like Wal-Mart or Target/Zellers) and paint some with chalkboard paint so she can write on it. I see one square has holes so you can hang stuff on it... I guess you could do that with a drill... I don't know...

OR... you could take 16 12'' x 12''  squares(or any size...) of cork sheet and cover some of them in nice fabric (I think the holes from the pins wouldn't show as much in fabric), leave others plain, etc... Then glue the squares on a bigger plank so it all holds together...
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« Reply #10 on: March 19, 2008 11:27:19 AM »

If I ever attempt to make something like this, I would add a couple metal squares to so I could use magnets to put up notes or pictures that I didn't want to use a push pin and poke a hole in it.  The original one didn't look like it had that included.
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« Reply #11 on: March 19, 2008 11:41:27 AM »

Thanks everyone for all of your ideas.  I took a trip to OfficeMax and Michael's right after I posted and found cork squares.  They were 12 x 12 at OfficeMax but when I went to Michael's they also had them in I believe 6 x 6.  I bought both.  Whichever one I use I know the other won't go to waste.  I was looking at some really nice scrapbook paper but I have to go through what I have first.  I am definitely going to use chalkboard paint and magnetic paint on a few and some ribbon to tuck pictures under.  The only thing I'm trying to figure out now is how to frame it.  I don't know if I should try to find a frame (which I assume will be expensive for something that size) or ask my husband to make one.  What does everyone think?

Thanks again!
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« Reply #12 on: March 19, 2008 11:45:16 AM »

We are in the process of upgrading my soon-to-be-an-official-teen-daughter's room also and were just checking out pbteen.com yesterday for "inspiration".
They do have a lot of cute things...but if you and your daughter tap into your "inner crafty" you surely can create a memo/cork/chalk/dry erase board like this one at a much cheaper cost.

In fact, my daughter just held up a couple of cork squares without the fabric or paint between some nails in the wall (without a frame) and it served its purpose since she decorated it by sticking all of her personal photos and artwork anyway.
It had a "floating art" effect.  Have fun!
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« Reply #13 on: March 19, 2008 12:05:38 PM »

If your husband can make a frame from crown molding it would be far cheaper. Unless you can find an art wholesaler place that does framing too.

You could even decide where you want the thing and mount each one individually to the wall and then place the frame directly on the wall so you don't have to worry about a large solid backing.
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« Reply #14 on: March 19, 2008 01:23:53 PM »

Wow all these ideas are great, I think it may have inspired me to make one... someday. 

One thought on framing, one option other than a frame would be to mount the tiles on a slightly larger board so that they are nicely held together.  This would probably end up cheaper than a frame, and it looks really good (my cousin did a few paintings that were individual tiles mounted on a board and it looks really good).  You could even paint the board in a coordinating colour. 

One bit of advice before you make one for your daughter.  Ask what exactly she likes about the PB Board, and even what she doesn't like since you can customize.  Also figure out if she really wants it to be 16 square feet which is huge.  Unless she really wants it that big I think the 6" by 6" squares would be a way better size than the foot ones. 

Good luck. 
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« Reply #15 on: March 19, 2008 05:59:30 PM »

That looks fabulous! I know how I'll be spending my spring break. I'd go with crown molding instead of an actual frame-it would be seriously expensive to get a custom fit frame for all that business!
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« Reply #16 on: March 19, 2008 07:36:02 PM »

what i have done, is get gi-normous frames at thriftshops, with ugly posters in them, and take out the ugly poster and put something else in.  so you could do this for a easy frame.

only problem, it won't be probably square, but rectangular.  does she mind?
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« Reply #17 on: March 20, 2008 08:51:42 AM »

That is really cool, but WOW expensive.

I like to use that high impact styrofoam that you find around kitchen appliances as 'cork board' material.
If you substitute that stuff in where the squares are covered in fabric it would be cheap and light!
Ever seen an old cork bulliten board at a thrift store? if you get lucky you could recycle the cork squares out of that. (and maybe have some left over to make a little one for YOU!).
I love the idea I saw to make magnetic ones.
And I'd also suggest popping a couple mirrored pieces in!
They'd double as whiteboards! and what teenage girl doesn't love mirrors.

Smiley I hope you find a way to create something amazing for her!
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« Reply #18 on: March 20, 2008 09:55:02 AM »

I know ceiling tiles are used around most campuses (in a big frame) as a bulletin board, so I assume they're cheap to use, and they're pretty darn sturdy... Also, I'm liking that mirror idea!
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« Reply #19 on: March 31, 2008 07:17:34 AM »

Contact Paper now has a roll of cork you can buy.  I love then stuff.  I think you make each sqaured and mount it to a board. I would assume each has cork underneath (minus the peg board piece and the chalk board piece) for mounting purposes.  Home depot will cut pieces to size for you on the spot.. good luck.  My brother makes stuff out of that catalog all the time.  We call his little business knock-offs..he does pretty well with the schools and neighbors.
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« Reply #20 on: August 30, 2009 06:15:51 AM »

Try using the chalkboard paint I used and you'll surely be happy.

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