Nailhead Bulletin Board DIY

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I’ve been trying to take my items from drab to fab and this is one easy way to accomplish it.  I found this tutorial for a fancy nailhead embellished bulletin board on Live Creating Yourself when she mentioned it in a recent post.  Even though Alaina made her tutorial back in 2010, I think the style is very classic and still trending.  This is how I worked through my DIY this past weekend and I love the way it turned out.

Materials: (Prices are from Michaels)

Bulletin Board / $8.99
1.5 yards Duck Linen / $16
5 boxes Nailhead Pins ($3.99 each)
Spray Adhesive / $14.99 (or fabric glue is much cheaper)
Staple Gun / (had one available)

Estimated Time:
One Hour

Nailhead Bulletin Board, DIY

This is the before photo. As in this is my tiny cork board that hardly fits anything on it. I really needed a change.

Nailhead Bulletin Board, DIY

I didn’t even notice this imperfection in the lower right-hand corner until I got home. Good thing I covered it with cloth as it would’ve bothered me. I bought it from Target for really cheap.

Nailhead Bulletin Board, DIY

This is the duck linen. It is much thicker than regular linen and it looks nicer. The first step is to iron all the wrinkles out. Next take your glue and put it all over the cork, then lay the fabric across and apply pressure. Make sure to get out all the air pockets. The spray adhesive is weird as it comes out like a web. Fabric glue or Mod Podge works fine if you want to brush it all along the cork. Just a little more time.

Nailhead Bulletin Board, DIY

Once you have the linen glued on, it will look something like this. I cut off a little bit of fabric, but I still had enough to cover the entire back.

Nailhead Bulletin Board, DIY

Tiny nails would do just fine if you want to take a lot of time to hammer each one in. I started with the hand staple gun, but I’m weak and the staples were not going into the frame all the way. My father loaned me his air compressor and staple gun. It was magically easy to finish this. I applied a little more adhesive on the fold in the middle to make it stay.

Nailhead Bulletin Board, DIY

This is the toughest part of the project. Pushing in every pin took a toll on my nails (broke two) and chipped off all my mail polish. Plus, my thumb still hurt the next day from all the pressure. I used my pinky finger to measure the width between each stud.

Nailhead Bulletin Board, DIY

The finished result looks expensive and classy. The way things are supposed to look, amirite?  And voila, a beautiful, handmade nailhead bulletin board.

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36 Comments

  1. May 29, 2018 / 6:54 pm

    Wow that turned out really nice. Great change from the old cork boards. You make it look easy. I really like the look of the nail heads.

  2. robin rue
    May 29, 2018 / 6:54 pm

    OMG that came out so awesome. I LOVE it. What a neat way to make a plain boring bulletin board awesome.

  3. May 29, 2018 / 6:54 pm

    As a kid my bulletin board in my bedroom was the fun way for me to decorate the wall and express myself. Had a lot of fun clipping photos from magazines and hanging mementos on it. Your idea looks like a great idea for a diy project for my daughter’s room so she can enjoy that same experience.

  4. May 29, 2018 / 6:54 pm

    I love the way this turned out! It is extremely creative and easy to do. It looks classy also. I think I will make something like this and put it up in the house for our chore charts.

  5. April 27, 2017 / 5:39 am

    Wow that turned out really nice. Great change from the old cork boards. You make it look easy. I really like the look of the nail heads.

  6. robin rue
    April 27, 2017 / 5:43 am

    OMG that came out so awesome. I LOVE it. What a neat way to make a plain boring bulletin board awesome.

  7. April 27, 2017 / 6:57 am

    As a kid my bulletin board in my bedroom was the fun way for me to decorate the wall and express myself. Had a lot of fun clipping photos from magazines and hanging mementos on it. Your idea looks like a great idea for a diy project for my daughter’s room so she can enjoy that same experience.

  8. May 29, 2018 / 6:56 pm

    What an awesome DIY. I absolutely love how the board turned out and you really can’t do without one in the home!

  9. April 27, 2017 / 7:45 am

    I love the way this turned out! It is extremely creative and easy to do. It looks classy also. I think I will make something like this and put it up in the house for our chore charts.

  10. May 29, 2018 / 6:54 pm

    This is so sleek! I really love this idea. We are in the process of moving our computer room to the upstairs. I have my old bulletin board that could use a good uplift. Thanks for the idea!

  11. Pam Wattenbarger
    May 29, 2018 / 6:54 pm

    I actually made something like this for my daughter years ago. It looks so much classier than a plain ole bulletin board.

  12. May 29, 2018 / 6:54 pm

    I would spend so much more than it cost to make for one of these. You make it look so easy. I think this is an upcoming project for me.

  13. April 27, 2017 / 11:04 am

    What an awesome DIY. I absolutely love how the board turned out and you really can’t do without one in the home!

  14. April 27, 2017 / 12:26 pm

    This is so sleek! I really love this idea. We are in the process of moving our computer room to the upstairs. I have my old bulletin board that could use a good uplift. Thanks for the idea!

  15. May 29, 2018 / 6:54 pm

    That’s a really neat idea, and the possibilities are endless with different fabrics. The kids always want to redo their rooms, and this would be a fun project to do.

  16. Pam Wattenbarger
    April 27, 2017 / 12:54 pm

    I actually made something like this for my daughter years ago. It looks so much classier than a plain ole bulletin board.

  17. April 27, 2017 / 1:01 pm

    I would spend so much more than it cost to make for one of these. You make it look so easy. I think this is an upcoming project for me.

  18. May 29, 2018 / 6:54 pm

    Now that’s what I call creativity! It’s great that it turned out really impressive. I’d like to try this.

  19. April 27, 2017 / 4:49 pm

    That’s a really neat idea, and the possibilities are endless with different fabrics. The kids always want to redo their rooms, and this would be a fun project to do.

  20. April 27, 2017 / 5:43 pm

    Now that’s what I call creativity! It’s great that it turned out really impressive. I’d like to try this.

  21. May 29, 2018 / 6:54 pm

    This is a very cool project. And it looks much better and is more versatile for more areas of the home. I will have to keep this in mind.

  22. Annemarie LeBlanc
    May 29, 2018 / 6:54 pm

    Wow. That came out really nice! I love how the nail heads gave that sassy look to an otherwise boring bulletin board. I’m letting my friend in on this. She’s a preschool teacher and this bulletin board DIY craft would look good on her classroom walls.

  23. May 29, 2018 / 6:54 pm

    Nice DIY project. It turns out to be something classy and neat. I admire your creativity for that. Cool craft!

  24. April 28, 2017 / 12:44 am

    This is a very cool project. And it looks much better and is more versatile for more areas of the home. I will have to keep this in mind.

  25. My Teen Guide
    May 29, 2018 / 6:56 pm

    I love how you spruced up an old bulettin board. The materials are really inexpensive too. I want to make something like this prop it up on my desk at home.

  26. Annemarie LeBlanc
    April 28, 2017 / 2:40 am

    Wow. That came out really nice! I love how the nail heads gave that sassy look to an otherwise boring bulletin board. I’m letting my friend in on this. She’s a preschool teacher and this bulletin board DIY craft would look good on her classroom walls.

  27. April 28, 2017 / 3:40 am

    Nice DIY project. It turns out to be something classy and neat. I admire your creativity for that. Cool craft!

  28. My Teen Guide
    April 28, 2017 / 5:45 am

    I love how you spruced up an old bulettin board. The materials are really inexpensive too. I want to make something like this prop it up on my desk at home.

  29. May 29, 2018 / 6:54 pm

    Wow, I love the outcome, its clean, neat and simple. Just like how my cork board to be. Glad I came over this, you gave me an idea.

  30. April 29, 2017 / 2:26 am

    Wow, I love the outcome, its clean, neat and simple. Just like how my cork board to be. Glad I came over this, you gave me an idea.

  31. May 29, 2018 / 6:56 pm

    This is a classic twist on a bulletin board. Thanks for the diy would be cute for a an office.

  32. May 29, 2018 / 6:56 pm

    I love such DIY projects. Especially when you get something inexpensively and can then come home and make it look like 100 bucks! Well done!

  33. May 1, 2017 / 12:41 am

    This is a classic twist on a bulletin board. Thanks for the diy would be cute for a an office.

  34. May 1, 2017 / 3:06 am

    I love such DIY projects. Especially when you get something inexpensively and can then come home and make it look like 100 bucks! Well done!

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