How to Make a Ribbon Pinboard

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How to Make a Ribbon Pinboard
Use a new (or old) cork board to make your pinboard. (Thomas Northcut/Photodisc/Getty Images)

Ribbon pinboards allow you to stay organised or display pictures in a stylish -- and adorable -- fashion. Instead of buying a ribbon pinboard, you can make yours by yourself in just a few hours. With some ribbon, a cork board, batting and fabric, you can make a pinboard that requires no sewing. Once your ribbon lattice work is stapled down, you will be ready to post notes, hang pictures or display anything you like right on your board.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Cork board
  • Fabric the same size as the cork board, plus 2 inches around
  • Batting the same size as the fabric, minus 2 inches around
  • Double-sided carpet tape
  • Spray adhesive
  • Scissors
  • Ribbon
  • Straight pins
  • Staple gun

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Place the fabric down onto a flat and clean surface. The fabric should be face down.

  2. 2

    Tape the double-sided carpet tape around each side of the wrong side of the fabric.

  3. 3

    Spray a light mist of spray adhesive onto the centre of the fabric. Place the batting into the centre of the fabric, pressing it onto the spray adhesive. The batting should not overlap onto the double-sided carpet tape.

  4. 4

    Place your cork board directly on top of the batting and fabric. The cork board will need to be perfectly centred on the batting for it to fit properly.

  5. 5

    Mitre the corners or the fabric with a pair of scissors so there is about 1/3 inch between the fabric and each corner of the cork board (see Tips). Do not make the mitres any shorter than 1/3 inch between the fabric and board, as there will not be enough material to fit around the corners of the board.

  6. 6

    Pull the top edge of the fabric over the cork board. Push firmly onto the fabric to ensure the tape adheres to the board. Then pull up on the bottom edge of the fabric and pull it over the cork board. Again, push firmly onto the fabric to ensure the tape adheres to the board.

  7. 7

    Fold the mitre corners over the corners of the cork board and pull both sides of the fabric over the cork board tautly.

  8. 8

    Make an "X" with two pieces of ribbon across the front of the board, from corner to corner. Fold each end of the ribbon around the board and secure to the back of the board with straight pins.

  9. 9

    Place two ribbon pieces on the left edge of the board, centred. Pin the ends of the ribbons to the back of the board with straight pins. With the front of the board facing you, separate the two ribbon pieces. One ribbon piece should be pulled up to the middle of the top edge of the board. Secure this ribbon end to the back of the board with a straight pin. Then, pull the second ribbon piece to the middle of the bottom edge of the board. Secure this ribbon end to the back of the board with a straight pin.

  10. 10

    Place two ribbon pieces on the right edge of the board, centred. Pin the ends of the ribbons to the back of the board with straight pins. With the front of the board facing you, separate the two ribbon pieces. Pull one ribbon up to the middle of the top edge of the board. Secure this ribbon end to the back of the board with a straight pin. Then, pull the second ribbon piece to the middle of the bottom edge of the board. Secure this ribbon end to the back of the board with a straight pin. These ribbons -- with the ribbons from Step 9 -- should form a diamond, with the "X" from Step 8 running through it.

  11. 11

    Flip the board over. Staple each ribbon end to the back of the board using a staple gun. Insert a few staples around the edges of the fabric to further secure it. Remove all straight pins and flip the completed board back around.

Tips and warnings

  • To "mitre" the edges means to cut the corners on a 45-degree angle. Cutting the corners on an angle will help them fold over the back of the board neatly without bunching.

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