I've always thought that the picture boards covered with fabric and ribbon were pretty cool, but I never made one. Until now. Here's what I used:
- Foam Board
- fabric (I bought 1 yd./$3 at JoAnn, but only used a little over half)
- elastic (I used ponytail elastic from pickyourplum.com, but you could also use ribbon)
- Mod Podge /brush
- staple gun
Next I put the fabric face down and laid the foam board on top of it. Then I cut the fabric, leaving a 2" selvage all around the edges. I applied Mod Podge around the edges of the board, then flipped it over onto the back side of the fabric.
Like with the magnetic board, I then cut small squares out of each corner of the fabric so that when I folded it back over the board, the corners would be smooth.
I applied Mod Podge to one side of the board, then folded the fabric back over it - making sure the fabric was tight, smooth, and even. Then I repeated that for the remaining 3 sides.
Fabric-covered board - back and front:
Now for the tricky part - applying the elastic. I had this cool elastic that I got from pickyourplum.com, so I knew I was going to use some of that:
Since I had never made a picture board before, I had no idea how I was going to do this. I decided to make two "bands" - I stretched the elastic around one corner, across the board to the opposite corner. I pulled it tight, but not so tight that it lost all elasticity. I added an extra inch, then cut the elastic.
I turned the elastic to the "wrong" side, then hand-stitched then ends together.
Then I repeated this process to make another "loop" for the other two corners of the board. This is what the "loop" looks like on the board:
Obviously, I needed another strip of elastic on each of the 4 corners. I decided to cut single strips and just hand-stitch them to the fabric on the back of the board. After arranging the looped elastic to make everything equidistant, I measured the distance between the strips (it was 4.25"). Measuring 4.25" from the last strip of elastic, I placed pins to mark where the single strip should go.
I held one end of the elastic strip in place while I tacked it onto the back of the board - then stretched it across to the opposite side of the corner - and tacked the other end to the back. I checked my measurements a couple of times to be sure everything remained equidistant. Then I repeated this for the other 3 corners. I know it sounds like a lot - but it only took a few minutes to do it.
When I flipped it over, I was pretty pleased with the results!
I placed it in the frame, and since there really wasn't enough room for any backing, I just used the staple gun to hold the board in place.
How cute is that? I love it!!
Picture board: $5.70
Total cost of framed picture board: $11.02
Be sure to check out tomorrow's post - Part 6 in the fridge organization series: Corkboards, Keys, Basket, & Clipboard! Have you made a picture board? Leave a comment or snap me on Snapchat - I'm enjoythevue!
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