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« on: June 10, 2004 01:08:59 PM »

I know you guys have seen these things around. They are so fun to make and are excellent gifts for college dormers or anyone with a wall and pictures. Whenever I saw one at target I would want it, but didn't have the money or it wouldn't match my room or something like that. All you need is a piece of plywood or particle board (plywood is loads lighter) and enough batting and fabric to cover it as well as ribbons. Also, some thumbtacks and something to cover the thumbtacks like buttons or little charms or beads. You will also need hooks and wire if you are planning to hang it. Oh and my favorite part of all is being able to use a staple gun and hot glue!! I will make a tutorial if you guys so desire.  Roll Eyes
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« Reply #1 on: June 10, 2004 01:14:07 PM »

Oh, I especially like the faerire one!! It's scathingly brilliant!! Great job!

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« Reply #2 on: June 10, 2004 02:05:06 PM »

Oh, they are oh-so-beautiful! Kudos!

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« Reply #3 on: June 10, 2004 02:32:03 PM »

i like how you used different ribbons. so pretty!
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« Reply #4 on: June 10, 2004 02:45:48 PM »

Lovely!  I've made a few for friends using cut-up cardboard boxes instead of particle board, if you REALLY don't want to spend anything. It works just as well. :-)  SUPER fabric choices! Where in the world did you find the fairies??
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« Reply #5 on: June 10, 2004 03:16:29 PM »

I love it! I love how you put little buttons/gems where the ribbons cross, it really makes it look quality! You know what I think would be cute is to have some excess ribbon from the corners just hanging down the sides. Maybe bows in the corners with long strands of excess ribbon and some beads on string. Especially on the faerie one, that would rock. Great work!
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« Reply #6 on: June 10, 2004 03:58:18 PM »

Lovely!  I've made a few for friends using cut-up cardboard boxes instead of particle board, if you REALLY don't want to spend anything. It works just as well. :-)  SUPER fabric choices! Where in the world did you find the fairies??
I thought about cardboard, but was afraid it wouldn't be stable enough. Does it bend or anything once you are finished? And it is nearly impossible to find faerie fabric! I had to get it from ebay.
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« Reply #7 on: June 10, 2004 04:03:25 PM »

I love it! I love how you put little buttons/gems where the ribbons cross, it really makes it look quality! You know what I think would be cute is to have some excess ribbon from the corners just hanging down the sides. Maybe bows in the corners with long strands of excess ribbon and some beads on string. Especially on the faerie one, that would rock. Great work!
awesome idea! I've also thought about making the board into a different shape besides square/rectangular. Like maybe an "L" shape or a star shape next time?
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« Reply #8 on: June 10, 2004 10:09:41 PM »

Maybe you guys will get some ideas from my experience:

I made one of these for my friend before she went off to college.  I bought a cheap cork bulliten board and staples the fabric around the pre-existing edge.  After I stapled the robbin in place I put some ...cord I guess, around the edge to cover the staples.  For the pins, I bought regular thumb tacks, the push pin kind, and some cute buttons.  I cut the U shaped part on the back of the button with a wire cutter and hot glued the button onto the flat part of the thing tack.  When you're standing in front of the board, all you see is the button!
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« Reply #9 on: June 10, 2004 10:19:07 PM »

The lace ribbon looks fabulous! Thanks for the great gift idea! Cheesy
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« Reply #10 on: June 10, 2004 10:33:10 PM »

Maybe you guys will get some ideas from my experience:

I made one of these for my friend before she went off to college.  I bought a cheap cork bulliten board and staples the fabric around the pre-existing edge.  After I stapled the robbin in place I put some ...cord I guess, around the edge to cover the staples.  For the pins, I bought regular thumb tacks, the push pin kind, and some cute buttons.  I cut the U shaped part on the back of the button with a wire cutter and hot glued the button onto the flat part of the thing tack.  When you're standing in front of the board, all you see is the button!
I used plywood cause my dad has so much lying around. My friend used a bulletin board, but it cost her 8 bucks. That is a great idea about the button backs. Those shanks get in the way when I try to glue them to the tacks!
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« Reply #11 on: June 11, 2004 04:07:53 AM »

Hey, wouldn't styrofoam work? Great for putting tacks in and then you wouldn't need any batting...

I was thinking of making one without the ribbons - just a styrofoam square covered in some nice fabric - for a nicer-looking message board.
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« Reply #12 on: June 11, 2004 05:37:20 AM »

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awesome idea! I've also thought about making the board into a different shape besides square/rectangular. Like maybe an "L" shape or a star shape next time?
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You know what might look neat? Cutting the board into a name or initals of the person you were gifting to.

Also, foam core board works well for this and super cheap and light. 
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« Reply #13 on: June 11, 2004 10:23:17 AM »

very nice  Smiley I really like the blue one!
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« Reply #14 on: June 11, 2004 10:51:49 AM »

just a styrofoam square covered in some nice fabric - for a nicer-looking message board.

I did this .. kinda.. at the beginning of the year (this was my first year in college). I used cardboard though but did like you said..just covered it in fabric and folded it over a bit in the back and then stitched through about 3 inches diagonally from each corner with a little button on it.. it turned out really cute, and was awesome as a bulletin board.
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« Reply #15 on: June 12, 2004 11:06:53 AM »

hmm i like the fairy one also...soo pretti  Cheesy
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« Reply #16 on: June 24, 2004 07:58:44 PM »

oh my G--!  that fairy one is absolutey adorable!!! Smiley

I have seen similiar instructions a thousand times, but I've never had the motivation to make one, until now.  I think I will make one for my dormroom next year (actually, our dorms have handy dandy tack boards and i already have a super cute cloud one, but this is such a cute idea, how can I resist?).
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