Saturday, February 19, 2011

Visual Happiness with just a Tack

A bulletin board is usually a way to post and keep track of notices, announcements, upcoming events, bills, etc.  It’s almost like a calendar assistant.  But why post things of a temporary nature?  I wanted to take my tacking experience to a new level.  Bulletin board making for the extreme!

a HAPPY how to makes a Bulletin Board

Picture this…a BIG empty wall space…maybe at the office…the classroom…in your bedroom…or any other place at home.  Painting is too complicated and WAY expensive.  Try using a gigantic bulletin board. You will have a hard time finding a huge bulletin board…so make your own.  How do we do this, you might ask?  …Out of homasote and burlap.

You will need…

          Homasote (click on the word, it will direct you to another webpage.  This way you can find out where to get it from in your area.  Prompts will ask you for your zip code and state.)
          Fabric to cover the homasote (Be creative with this – use whatever fabric makes you happy.)
          Piece of scrap wood
          (4) Anchors*
          (4) Finishing Washers*
          (4) Long screws*
          Staple Gun
          Electric Drill
          A Strong Friend!!
*see local Home Depot

Step 1:  Lay your fabric face down on the floor and center the Homasote on top making sure you have at least two inches of fabric to wrap over the sides. Using a staple gun, staple the center of one side, then the opposite side, and then each center of the two other sides making sure the fabric is nice and taut. Work your way from the center of each side out towards the corners like a painter would stretch a canvas. If your fabric has a pattern, you may want to make sure the design lines up with the edges so that it appears straight.

Step 2:  When you reach the corners, pull the point of the fabric down over the corner of the Homasote, creating a 45 degree angle. Then fold down the two sides of fabric, tucking the excess in along the sides. Try to make it as neat and streamlined as possible so that there’s not too much fabric between the bulletin board and the wall.

Step 3:  Next pre-drill holes in each corner. Try using an exacto knife to cut a little "x" right where you want the hole so that you would be less likely to torque the fabric when you drilled (but it is a good idea to begin slow when drilling anyway). Have a piece of scrap wood underneath so that your floor is protected!

Step 4:  This is the part when a strong friend comes in handy! Have your friend hold up the board where you wish it to be placed on the wall and make sure it is level. Using the holes you’ve already drilled, poke through them and gently mark the wall. Let your friend rest their arms and put the board down while you pre-drill for the anchors.

Step 5:  When the anchors are in place, attach the board using long screws and finishing washers. Your almost finished…

Step 6:  Pin up those things that make you happy!  …and collage your way to happiness!

Fill up a bulletin board of all the things that make you happy.  Put it on display at home or at work.  – The Happy Book

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