{ditto} DIY: Inspired Design For the Rest of Us

Welcome to the July {ditto} DIY challenge!

Once a month ten very different bloggers are hosting this challenge to recreate in our own homes a project or design element inspired by a haute couture design. The idea is to inspire everyone to incorporate fine design elements into your own home in a way that fits your own style. (For more details on what {ditto}DIY is all about, check out this post.

{ditto} DIY: Inspired Design for the Rest of Us

The ten hosting bloggers include:

Darlene @ Fieldstone Hill Design
Ruth @ Living Well Spending Less
Cindy @ Skip to My Lou
Jen @ Balancing Beauty & Bedlam
Edie @ Life in Grace
Rachel @ Surviving the Stores
Karin @ Trophy Mom Diaries
Lauren @ I am THAT Lady
Kelly @ View Along The Way
Melissa @ The Inspired Room

This month’s theme is Framed Fabric, and this was our inspiration photograph:


{A framed pair of Ikat fabric art. Image via Neiman Marcus.}

The {ditto} DIY Challenge:

Frame some Fabric! Any fabric, any way….then use it in a lovely display.

Here is my Framed Fabric {ditto}DIY project:

My daughter has been wanting a bulletin board for her room. I thought this DIY Ditto challenge  would be the perfect way to show off some pretty fabric and also give her the bulletin board she needs.

fabric covered bulletin board

How To Make A Fabric Covered Bulletin Board

For the frame of my bulletin board I used an old ornate picture frame spray painted with my favorite Krylon Watermelon Spray paint. While the paint was drying I used more fabric to make custom thumb tacks by covering buttons in a coordinating fabric. Follow package directions to cover the buttons. Be sure to remove the shank from the back of the button before placing into the plastic piece.

covered buttons
finished covered buttonsUse hot glue or  an extra strong adhesive like E600 to fasten  a washer on the back and then  a  thumb tack. The washer will help raise the tack up so it is even with the edges of the button.
turning covered buttons into thumb tacks
Once the picture frame is dry it is time to use our gorgeous fabric.  Cut a ceiling tile or piece of cork to fit inside the picture frame. Cut fabric big enough to wrap around the ceiling tile, allowing at least a couple of inches extra all the way around the ceiling tile.
fabric covered bulletin board step 1
Starting with the corners staple the fabric around the ceiling tile.
fabric covered bulletin board step 2Staple fabric all the way around. Staple on one side, then move to the opposite side. Keep fabric pulled tight.
fabric covered bulletin board step 3Place fabric covered tile into the frame. Secure with duct tape or nails and tadah, you not only have a beautiful way to show off your fabric you have a useful bulletin board.
DIY Bulletin Board tutorial

And now comes the fun part! It is time to link up your own fabulous framed fabric projects and join the {ditto} DIY party! It wouldn’t be much of a party if you didn’t stick around, so be sure to check out as many projects as you can! Then be sure to visit Darlene’s site for a peek at next month’s challenge along with some expert design tips on incorporating framed fabric accents into your home.


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  2. soooooo pretty!!!!!!! love the fabric you picked!

  3. I love everything about this bulletin board, the fabric is beautiful and those covered buttons are so pretty!

  4. Wow very cool. This idea is great. Love the use of fabric with thumbtacks. I’ve always wanted to make my own fabric bulletin board, but I always end up buying mine :/.

    I do use amazing nailheads though for my boards from M&J Trimming. They have a great selection. You should check them out without a doubt. It’s 15% off all nailheads right now until 8/31/13. The promo code is: NAILHEAD201 and the link is http://www.mjtrim.com/nailheads.html

    Thanks for sharing your fabulous idea! Have a good day.

  5. Great idea – I hate the look of bullet boards but this is something I would LOVe to do in my son’s room – he has his colored pictures hanging all over his walls.

  6. What a great idea…and a great source of inspiration! I can’t wait to link up and see all of the other projects. I have framed fabric waiting to go up on the wall I did a couple months ago! (I am really bad about that I guess…)
    Have a great week!

  7. So beautiful! I love your fabric choice and the custom thumbtacks!

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