DIY: customize your own board.

im exhausted guys!
like ready for a nap, the best sleep ever exhausted nap kind of nap. 
(well Les, thats what happens when you work!) 
its tuesday, 1230 and since 830 ive been moving files and boxes and im wiped out!

anyways!!! its been a while since ive been here for a DIY!!!
here's the thing, im my opinion (because this is solely how i work), when the DIY bug bites, IT BITES!
i start with one and it leads to seven more. 
i managed to knock one out (this one), i had another one in mind that didn't quite work out well (i HATE hanging up frames!) and well, since my brother and i might switch rooms, i really dont want to start another because i dont want to leave holes on the wall and have to patch them up later. 

any who, let get to it with this awesome DIY!!!
i first saw this idea over at Anne's blog and i immediately fell in love. 
ive even asked her to give me hers but she's not ready to part with it! :( 
(maybe when my brother and i switch rooms i can make a larger version like hers!)
(and the fact that she even replied to me! WIIIINNN!!!!)

its a real simple, easy to do DIY that took me all of 1 hr and maybe under $10 to make. i think the most expensive thing here was the fabric ($6.99/yard but oh so pretty-ly worth it!) and well the staple gun ($10) but my momma bought me that and its a gift that will keep on giving!!! :D

lets get to DIY'ing!
1. fabric of your choice. (i got this one at Ikea! available in stores but not online)
2. cork board of your size choice (got this one at Hobby Lobby) 
3. staple gun
NOT PICTURED HERE (but below on other pictures) 
1. push pins of your liking
2. yarn of your choice (unless you plan to hide it like mine then it wont matter)
3. hammer

super duper easy to do steps!
cut the fabric a tad bit bigger than the board so you can cover it completely. 
because you won't be seeing the back, it didn't really matter to me if it was cut super perfect! so you can cut it as straight or as crooked as you want. just dont leave A LOT of fabric so it won't be super chunky in the back when it comes to stapling. 
(you see that stripped fabric? i was originally going to use that but id rather save that for a bigger board! lets be bold!)
i started folding my corners in first so they wouldn't be bulky and sticking out and then i just started stapling from there in no specific order. since it won't be used to place a lot of heavy stuff just movie stubs and bills and stuff like that it didn't really require much. 
if it looks like a lot of staples, well, i was just having fun with the staple gun! :D
it looked fine by itself but to make it look uniform to my other board (since its different fabric) i went ahead and used the same method with the pushpins (can be seen here #10).
on my other board the pins are more inside than here and that's because the other board still had the wooden frame around it that i didn't want to take off. 
this board was rather soft so i didn't really struggle to push the pins in but i still used the hammer here and there when some pins overlapped each other. keep that hammer handy because your thumbs will hate you if you force push them in! (learned that the hard way last time!!!)
once you've gone all the way around, you're ready to staple it so you can hang it up. 
i was intending to have the yarn show like it does on my other board but then i decided against it which is why i said the color of yarn doesn't matter. but thats completely your choice. 
once you are done, it should look something like this. 
you can use a ruler to make sure they are even. (my other board leans to the right a liiiiiittle bit because i just went ahead and took a leap with it! but its not super noticeable that it drives me crazy.) 


here is the finished product!
i still havent hung it up because failed diy idea #2 didn't work out but i am excited to use it. 
with school and work and all that going on during the week, im waiting until the weekend to find its home!! (also so i can clean up a bit!)

just some notes: 
-for my other board (of bigger size and because i saw that Anne did it) before i laid the fabric down, i sprayed the board with fabric adhesive to make sure it would stick well. now, i know why she did it. it was a big board but i did it just to be safe you know. however for this board i did not use it since its actually a smaller board. i actually completely skipped that step because i had completely forgotten about it. 

-pushpins come 250/pk. you can buy them at the 99c store or Walmart. depending on the size you should for the most part be good with just one box!

- just to throw it out there: BE CAREFUL WHEN USING THE STAPLE GUN! no incidents please! and the push pins also. getting stabbed by one of those it no fun!

-i wasnt really picky about the pins being in a straight line. the more homemade looking the better, amiright!? no? okay well, i cant really give you much advice on that. all i can say is be careful that you dont stab the same place several times otherwise you will just create a huge little hole and your pin will be doing the macarena dance in that same spot for the rest of its life!

hmmm. i cant really think of anything else. 
except that i really love my little board!!!

make one for yourself or for work or as a gift!!
random Leslie fact #23 I LOVE TO PAY BILLS (like house stuff and all the usual stuff, no cc's AND on time!)  so being organized with this board is just an added bonus to my weird love for paying my stuff on time and being on track!

if you make one leave me a comment with a link!
(or if you already have!
this was loads of fun!!

thanks for reading and ill try to be here more often with DIY's! 

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