Super Awesome Family DIY: Custom Bulletin Board Frame

Hi, I’m Scott. I drop in from time to time, usually in photo-bomb form, or because I have said something ridiculous, offensive or amusing and my wife is mocking me. I thought it was time I introduced myself. “Sup?” I’m glad that’s out of the way. First impressions are awkward for me.

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We needed a place to display all of our daughters paintings and creations, and since it came out kind of awesome, I thought I’d share with you what we came up with.

We are fairly creative [slash gimme that, I can do it better myself]  kind of people, so obviously we couldn’t just run out to the office supply store and buy a bulletin board. C’mon. My wife is a lifestyle blogger. NO! We needed it to fit in to some sort of motif that we have worked hard to establish. So, we bought some crown moulding, gold spray paint, and a large roll of 1/4″ cork and set to work. 

ImageIt was super easy to make, so if anyone would like to recreate it, here’s what you’ll need:

Crown moulding

Cork – we ended up going with with 1/4 inch thick, because it will hold up better.

1/4″ x 1″ wood

1/4″ back board 

Finish nails or staples – I went with staples because I was afraid of damaging the moulding.

Fine tooth saw 

And a mitre box makes the 45 degree angles quick and precise

Supplies

We had a lot of artwork to display from our only child, so ours is almost 3 ft wide by 5 ft tall. We ordered a thick roll of cork to accommodate, and picked up the rest of the supplies at the hardware store.

Cork

Cut the cork to size. 

Attach the cork to the backing, instead of the frame, to keep it from sagging, and so the bulk of the weight isn’t hanging on super thin strips of moulding. 

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Measure and cut the moulding…

MitreBox

Glue the corners when you assemble it, if there are any gaps in the seems, they’ll be filled with glue, and painted over. We got antsy and painted ours before we put it together, and I didn’t want to glue over the paint, and lacquer. The gaps are small, but I still see them.

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Use the 1/4″ by 1″ to back the moulding of the frame, line it up a half an inch out of the center to leave a spot to set the cork, and have the backing line up and attach to a bit more wood than just the moulding. attach it in a way that overlaps the corners, making it a little stronger.

Paint the frame.

Spray

Attach the frame to the backing, sandwiching the cork in-between. 

Framing

Screw in a couple of hangers, or if it’s heavier, a couple of eye hooks and use picture frame wire to hang.

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Boom. Bulletin board. 

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