I’ve got another craft for you! A doll sized bulletin board! It’s made to look like a cork board but isn’t made of cork board material (so now you don’t have to run all the way to the store for a small square of cork!)
Here’s one variation of how it turns out:
Alrighty then, here we go!
- White Card stock paper
- Light brown and dark brown tissue paper
- modge podge or another clear drying glue/glue stick
- String/ribbon/decorative tape
- some miniature photos/ post cards or whatever else you want to put on your board
- optional: mini clothes pins, extra decorations (stickers, stick on jewels, etc)
Now let’s begin!
Cut a square or a rectangle out of your card stock that is the size you want your bulletin board to be. Take your dark brown tissue paper and rip small pieces off of it. Use your modge podge (or other clear drying glue) and glue the pieces onto the card stock, covering the surface of the cardstock. The pieces shouldn’t be very orderly, but, rather, randomly laid (they can overlap as well), as we are trying to start making the cork board look. You might be thinking that the board is too dark colored BUT…
now take your light brown tissue paper and use the same method over top of the dark. Now it should have the look of a cork board. I recommend putting a layer of modge podge (or another clear drying glue) over all of this to seal it in.
It should look something like this:
There are a couple of options for this next part. You can go ahead and glue on pictures and decorations OR you can…
Take a few pieces of string (or decorative tape folded length wise-sticky side in) that are a little longer than your board is (across), and lay them horizontally across your board. Tuck and glue or tape the ends of string to the back.
You could also lay the string at different angles if you want
Now use mini clothes pins to clip your pictures and things onto the strings. Decorate how you’d like it! And your done!
Take string or decorative tape folded lengthwise (so it’s in thin strips and not sticky) and cut it so that the pieces are an inch or two longer than your board. Lay the strips diagonally across your board one way, and then the other way.
Fold over and glue or tape the ends of your string or tape to the back of your board. I had to take the string off and lay them again individually while taping; putting them all on the board the first time helped me know what spacing I was going for. Try to make this pretty tight, but not so tight that it bends the cork board.
Now you can slip pictures and things underneath the criss-crossed string/tape. You can glue or clothespin the pictures to keep them on more securely, or if your string was put on tight enough, they might stay in place by themselves (mine didn’t fit tight enough, so I used clothespins again). Decorate how you’d like it! And your done!
Note: If you want to make it look like your pictures are tacked to the board, then…
you can take mini brads, poke them through your picture (the picture only) and…
bend them down so you can’t see them and tape the picture on to your board. Voila! 🙂
I hope you enjoy this craft! Have fun!
P.S. This is my tenth post! To celebrate I will be adding a category cloud to my sidebar!