One of my favorite things to do is crafting. Wait! Before I type any further, I must first confess my projects don’t always come out as planned… ok, most of the craft experiences turn out complete failures. But who’s keeping tabs? The lesson is in the struggle, not the victory right?
Anyway, this past Christmas I decided to dig a bit deeper in my crafting adventure and give homemade “GOOD” gifts to my family. My Brother has a beautiful family of five girls!! So you can imagine they are all so beautifully different and of all ages so my goal was finding something that could fit each of them. After a bit of searching the web, I came across several different ways to make bulletin boards. These that you see listed in the post, were ones I made from the combination of websites I came across.
Here’s how I made these fun magnetic bulletin boards for their rooms!
Supplies You’ll Need:
11 x 14 Canvas
sheet metal 12 x 18
Bottle Caps (to make
Heavy duty Magnets
I went to Hobby Lobby to look for inspiration fabric that I felt matched each of the girls personalities. I found these particular fabric pieces in the remnant fabric section so it was discounted.
I also purchased a multi-pack Canvas 11 x 14. This pack runs $5.99 regular price but you can use your 40% off coupon for extra savings:)
I chose these particular magnets because I read that you need a good magnet strength. This one had the highest rating. Heavy Duty magnets can also be found at a home improvement store. You will use these magnets and hot glue them to the back of the bottle caps or gemstones if you would like:)
Sheet Metal can be found at Lowe’s or Home Depot. At my Home Depot, I found it near the hardware section, with the ropes, nails, and chains. It is called Sheet Metal Zinc. A 12×18 in sheet was $4.97. In a different section of the store, they had thicker sheets of metal that is called “sheet metal”, but it is MUCH more expensive. You can ask the Home depot representative to cut this sheet into two equal parts. If you choose to cut the metal on your own, you will need a tool called “Tin Shears” which can be bought at a Home Improvement store. They cost around $8.00 and go up from there.
1. Lay your metal on top of your canvas, and cut your fabric out large enough to wrap around the back about 1 inch.
2. Use your Gorilla Glue and past the sheet metal to the front of your canvas and allow to dry. I allowed a few hours and laid some hard items like a book, or computer on top to secure the metal tightly to the canvas.
3. Lay your fabric on the metal canvas and smooth out any wrinkles.
4. Flip your canvas over, and start stapling the extra fabric on the edges with your staple gun. (Make sure you pull the fabric tight as you do this, so it looks crisp)
5. Make your magnets by hot gluing them to the back of the bottle caps.
6. Use some beautiful ribbon and tie a pretty bow to the top. I also secured the ribbon on the back witha few staples.
You can either purchase a few adhesive clip backings to the back of the fabric Bulletin Board or purchase a metal stand like the one you see above.
Here is the way the back of the canvas looks! Put on something cute and personal, and you’re done! After all said and done, this Christmas present ended up costing around $8.00 a piece and the girls LOVED them!! Do you have any frugal Christmas or Birthday present ideas you want to share???