Y’all, I’m not an enormous DIYer, however there’s a large gap out there for big and enjoyable bulletin boards so we needed to deal with this one and I’m soooo happy with us. After all, it ended up being slightly costly and fairly laborious (like most good DIYs are – ask all of the DIY content material creators on the market) nevertheless it was enjoyable and never “arduous”. Simply required a while/cash (however I’ve good concepts on how you could possibly recreate it and be less expensive). An enormous because of Gretchen’s mother, a former trainer, for giving me this large school-grade bulletin board.
The classic bulletin board we needed to work with (admittedly arduous to search out) was 6′ x 3′ – so she was BIG and likewise very heavy. Initially, I wished to redo it and lean it vertically over right here. However let’s simply get into the DIY steps:)
Step One: Paint It White
We used acrylic paint in a creamy white (matched to the wallpaper) in order that it doesn’t look too yellow or too stark.
Step Two: Prepping The Picket Ball Knobs
Enjoying off the Jenny Lind mattress type (sure, the one which I would change) I wished this beaded body look. So playful and enjoyable (and definitely a pattern). However there weren’t any enjoyable cork boards that had been huge and so many who had been small. So we must make it.
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Unfinished Wooden Ball Knobs
As a substitute of shopping for 1/2 balls, we discovered these knobs that nearly have that “full ball look” (absolutely there’s a extra technical time period) and dedicated to gluing them on. You can too purchase strips of this look which I believe is a far more inexpensive and simpler factor to execute, however we went full balls to the partitions on this one (fairly actually).
Gretchen spearheaded this one and shoved all of them on popsicle sticks so as to have the ability to paint them fully. This was the summer time so we might do it outdoors.
Step Three: Paint Them Pink
I ought to say that Birdie selected the colour and I didn’t push again. It’s SO FUN and I knew this could possibly be a spot the place she might assert her type. Clearly, spray portray was a VERY enjoyable place to contain her (she helped with the gluing, too).
This setup made all our company triple-take – WHAT IS THAT? They took two coats and we received tremendous messy, however shoving them into cardboard labored very well.
Step 4: Paint The Body Pink
Then we spray-painted the body itself realizing that you just’d see the body beneath the balls.
Nothing makes me happier than doing these initiatives with my children, within the identify of labor. And everyone knows that involving them within the design AND arduous work/course of makes them extra invested and worth all of it extra. Not all children wish to be as concerned, however she does which is why the room has stayed so true to her.
Step 5: Glue On The Pink, Picket Balls
Okay right here’s the place we discovered just a few issues. We popped the wooden off the popscilce sticks and received to glueing. We purchased two several types of gorilla glue, not realizing that one would attempt clear and the opposite beige. We stopped after like 12 balls, however they had been already adhered and you could possibly see it outdoors of the pink.
It was arduous to maintain them tremendous straight and never wonky alongside the body. The clear glue completely labored, however don’t use any non-clear glue. We nonetheless plan to return and contact up, nevertheless it requires us to spray the spray paint right into a bowl and use a tiny brush. You may barely see it, nevertheless it does bug me.
Step Six: Add Artwork & Grasp!
Initially I wished to only lean it, however Birdie REALLY wished it hung. I believe in her thoughts it might look extra like a grownup board and extra skilled if it’s held on the wall horizontally, which I completely get.
We centered it on the wall, realizing that her spherical white artwork desk (which isn’t my favourite however so practical) makes the entire thing work for her wants (and also you guess the disco ball displays the sunshine so completely.
It turned out fairly darn cute. And as you possibly can see, utilizing the *nearly* full picket balls versus a 1/2 ball gave it extra texture and dimensions. I additionally assume the dimensions of them labored very well with the dimensions of the bulletin board. Projecting out additional like they do helps it look actually “high-end” and intentional.
*Fairly Photographs by Kaitlin Inexperienced