I had this old cork board I wasn’t using and decided that I wanted to turn it into a ribbon bulletin board.
So i de-constructed the board, taking off the frame and saving all the picture nails for later.
I grabbed some old lace curtains and a ripped up twenties silk dress and cut the dress and the curtains so they would be a rectangular shape large enough to cover the cork board. I put the lace over the silk for texture and effect.
I then banged the nails from the frame into the sides of the board to keep the fabric smoothly attached.
I admit, then i went out and bought 30 blue buttons and two reels of brown ribbon.
I laid the ribbon out in a crisscross pattern and pinned it in place using push pins and sewing needles.
I sewed on each button individually, at the meeting of each piece of ribbon, at the X of each diamond pattern.
The ribbons stayed attached by push pins for about two weeks, and then I found a piece of cardboard large enough to glue onto the back of the board.
Thus was born my first attempt at making a ribbon board from almost nothing but what I already had lying around the house. It’s been holding pictures of friends, family and postcards ever since.