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Homasote-Board How-To

More is more when it comes to kids’ creativity: They’re prolific artists -- and they work on a larger scale. (They would never settle for 8 1/2-by-11-inch paper when 11-by-17-inch is on offer.) In the playroom at Martha’s, a double-height bulletin board made from Homasote -- an affordable fiberboard used for soundproofing -- covered with fabric provides ample space for art by her grandchildren, Jude and Truman, as well as by visiting friends.

Introduction

This soundproofing board is made of cellulose, and it’s easy to cut with a utility knife and a straight edge to the exact dimensions your space requires.

To keep the board from getting overwhelmed by paper, periodically remove all the art and file it (or send some to loved ones). But first snap a photograph of the fully covered board to document the kids’ progress, phases, and favorites.

Big Band rug, in Grey, from $99, landofnod.com
Easel, $169; craft space table with paper roll, $249; and art storage with drying racks, $379, in Cornbread, by Martha Stewart Living Kids Craft Space Collection, homedecorators.com
Some artwork courtesy of the Washington Market School

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Materials

  • Fabric
  • Homasote board
  • Stapler
  • Craft knife
  • Drill
  • 1/4-inch bit
  • 3/8-inch bit
  • 3/8-inch grommet shank
  • #12 1 1/2-inch flat-head screws
  • Plastic wall anchors (optional)
  • Screwdriver

Steps

  1. Step 1

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    Stretch Fabric: Cut fabric 3 inches larger than board on all sides; lay fabric right-side down. Center board on fabric. Wrap fabric around one side of board and staple once in center back. Pull taut, then staple opposite side. Repeat with other 2 sides. Continue stapling, adding pairs of staples along opposite sides, working toward corners. Stop a few inches before corners.

  2. Step 2

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    Affix Corners: At corners, fold fabric as flat as possible. Staple one side all the way to corner, then fold perpendicular side on top. Pull taut and staple. Flip board over.

  3. Step 3

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    Score Fabric: With a craft knife, score four 1/2-inch Xs in fabric, 1 inch in and 1 inch down from each corner.

  4. Step 4

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    Drill Holes: At Xs, create pilot holes by drilling through board with a 1/4-inch bit. (Fold fabric away first, so bit doesn’t come into contact with fabric.) Using holes as guides, drill through board again with a 3/8-inch bit.

  5. Step 5

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    Set Grommets: Set a 3/8-inch grommet shank into each drill hole. (If it’s a tight fit, gently tap in with a hammer.)

  6. Step 6

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    Mount to Wall: Using #12 1 1/2-inch flat-head screws, attach board to wall. If not drilling into a stud, set plastic wall anchors first, then screw board to wall.

Source
Martha Stewart Living, May 2014