How to Make a Pinboard at Home

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How to Make a Pinboard at Home
Revitalise an old pinboard with some fabric. (Whit Preston/Photodisc/Getty Images)

Practical doesn't necessarily equal bland, especially when it comes to pinboards. Standard cork pinboards with plain wooden frames are the omnipresent version of this functional piece of office equipment, but creating your own gives you more options to make a personalised, attractive one that helps you organise your notes at work or leave the family messages in a visible place at home. With a few crafting supplies, you can create a pinboard that reflects your tastes exactly.

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Things you need

  • Large picture frame
  • Measuring tape
  • 1/4-inch-thick cork sheeting
  • Chalk
  • Utility knife
  • Patterned fabric
  • Fabric scissors
  • Rubber cement

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  1. 1

    Remove the backing and glass from a large picture frame and set the glass aside for another use--you don't need it here. Measure the inside edges of the picture frame and add 1 inch to each measurement. For instance, if your picture frame measures 24 inches by 18 inches, your final measurements would be 25 inches by 19 inches.

  2. 2

    Draw a chalk rectangle on your cork to match your final measurements. Drag your utility knife over the chalk outline to cut the rectangle out. Repeat if necessary to cut all the way through.

  3. 3

    Add 1 inch more to the final measurements (the example's measurements would now be 26 inches and 20 inches) and draw a chalk rectangle on your fabric that matches those measurements. Cut the fabric out with your scissors.

  4. 4

    Paint the entire front of your cork rectangle with rubber cement. Center and press your fabric into the cement, smoothing it over the cork with your palms. Flip the cork over and wrap the excess fabric around the edges of the cork, toward the back. Glue these edges down to the back with rubber cement. Let the cement dry overnight.

  5. 5

    Slip the fabric-covered cork and the picture frame backing into your picture frame.

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