It’s back-to-school time and soon, sunscreen and beach bags will be replaced by backpacks and homework. But don’t let the mountain of handouts, policy manuals and homework scare you. We’ve got you covered with a do-it-yourself family bulletin board from Woman’s Day magazine to organize everything. Mount the board over a console table or bench and create a family command center. Just add baskets or bins for each person’s belongings.
Here are step-by-step instructions to get organized with style and put everything in its place!
- 4×5-foot piece of 1⁄2-inch-thick Homasote (See Note)
- spray adhesive
- 2 yards of brown burlap or heavy cotton fabric
- 4 printed cotton napkins
- 2 yards of 2-inch-wide ribbon
- 3 yards of 1-inch-wide ribbon
- heavy-duty stapler and staples
- 3 Masonite or wooden letters as desired
- chrome spray paint
- carpenter’s level
- drill with screwdriver bits and long wood screws
- wall anchors (optional)
NOTE: Homasote is a wallboard made from recycled paper pulp. It can be purchased at home-improvement stores; ask to have it cut to size for you at the store, or use a circular saw or table saw to cut at home.
1. Spray adhesive on one side of Homasote. Smooth fabric over glue so fabric extends beyond each side; trim excess fabric so that it extends 3 inches beyond edges of board on all sides.
2. Turn board over; fold fabric toward back, tucking in diagonally at corners and stapling to back. Continue stapling fabric to board, spacing staples about 4 to 6 inches apart.
3. Place board faceup on work surface. Place 2-inch-wide ribbon across width of board, about 1 foot from top; fold ends over to back and staple in place.
4. Cut strip of 1-inch-wide ribbon in half; place strips along height of board, evenly spaced to form three equal sections. Fold ends over to back and staple in place.
5. Spray-paint letters; let dry. Glue a letter to each section of board, above wide ribbon.
6. Fold two napkins in half, right sides out, to form pockets. With folded edge down, tack to each side section of board near lower corners (slip papers, envelopes, etc., between fabric layers to hold in place).
7. To make double pocket for center section of board, fold two napkins in half, right sides out. Fold one napkin in half again and place on top of other napkin, with folded edges aligned at bottom. Tack both layers of napkins to center section of board at corners and where shorter napkin ends. Use additional tacks to split pockets into sections, if desired.
8. Use a carpenter’s level to mark positions of wood screws for mounting into wall studs if possible. If you can’t find studs, mount screws into wall using wall anchors. Attach D-rings to back of message board in alignment with screws; hang D-rings on screws to mount board on wall.