|I came up with this project because I needed a bulletin board for my office but couldn't find a ready made French Bulletin Board that went with my office at work. The French style boards use ribbon placed diagonally to hold items instead of push pins. The link shows one with red ribbons. I found some fabric with a design having one of our corporate symbols, so that was my inspiration. This type of board can be adapted to match the decor of whatever room it's in.
- 20x30" sheet of thick foam core board
- 2 yds fabric
- quilt batting
- 5/8" wide grosgrain ribbon (I bought an entire 20 yd roll, and have some left over)
- Hot glue
- Upholstery tacks
- Sequin pins
- Hooks to hang board
Trim batting to fit board with enough excess to wrap to the back. Pin to hold in place, then hot glue. Remove pins. Repeat with fabric. You want the fabric to be fairly taut, and pinning before glueing helps. Miter the corners as you glue.
Applying the ribbon began by placing 2 lengths of ribbon diagonally, corner to corner (forming an X). Pin in place. Cut the ribbon lengths long enough to wrap around to the back side. Working one direction at a time, place additional lengths of ribbon, pinning in place. You will want them to be fairly taut. The spaces between the ribbons on my board are 4 5/8" wide and are not on a 90 degree angle. Of course you could adjust so the diamonds are the size and shape you want. You will have a diamond shaped pattern of ribbons. Once you are happy with the arrangement, place the upholstery tacks through each intersection of ribbons. I put some hot glue on the back of each tack, then held it in place until the glue set up. I used 21 tacks from a package of 24.
Turn the board over. Hot glue the ends of the ribbons in place, keeping them taut. Glue additional ribbon along the edge of the board to give a finished look. Attach hooks to back of board. I used some leftover tacks and additional hot glue to hold them in place.
Optional: use remaining fabric to cover all the raw edges on the back side of the board to give a finished look. If you prefer not to do this, you will need about a yard less of fabric. You can also cover the back with paper if desired.
The board probably cost more to make than buy, but it is larger than the ones in the stores and it is custom, so it matches my office. If you have materials on hand from other projects, you could make this very inexpensively.