|Our second bulletin board|
I made a quick trip to A.C. Moore in Dedham to pick up some supplies and then a stop at Jo-Ann Fabric and Crafts to get half yard pieces of fabric and some quilt batting.
This is an easy project part of which children as young as three can participate, though mostly in the gluing area. They chose their colors and the pattern of ribbons and glued the decor in place. The boys are 5 and 3 years old.
The supplies are minimal and it's a great project to recycle some old or unused craft items if you have them. I wasn't at home so I bought everything new but I'll list some alternative materials as we go along.
These bulletin boards are perfect for children because no tacks are needed when completed. Photos, drawings, party invites slip snugly into the pockets formed by taut criscrossing ribbons and it's easy for them to maintain. I also like these bulletin boards because you can easily coordinate them to any room. I built mine on blank stretched canvases because I like the natural hanging bracket that the wood frame creates. All you'll need to hang is two nails or screws in the wall and the bulletin board will balance nicely on them. The canvases are also lightweight, another plus.
We made three today and they each took about an hour (maybe less on the third because by then we were all 'pros'). I'll list the supplies and give step-by-step instructions that relate to the accompanying photos.
|The third bulletin board|
16 x 20 inch stretched canvases (or recycled old canvases, old cork bulletin boards with the frame removed. You could use plywood but the final product might be a bit heavy)
2-3 color rolls of grosgrain ribbon (I used half inch and three-quarter inch mixed for a nice effect) total about 3 yards for each bulletin board.
1/2 yard of fabric
I package quilting batting
Staple gun and staples
Aleene's tacky glue
Large buttons, foam sticky cut outs, pom poms, flat backed rhinestones or anything you might have around the house that might work as a decoration.
Picture hanging kit.