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Project

Ribbon Bulletin Board

Keep yourself posted by tucking notes, invitations, and receipts in the pockets of a bulletin board wrapped with ribbons.

Introduction

Photos stay flat and free from tack holes. And when you've caught up with your appointments and paid all your bills, you can sit back and admire your empty board. The bulletin board is made from grosgrain ribbons sewn onto a piece of linen, then attached to Homasote, a compressed-paper board.

Materials

  • Linen 25 by 34-inches
  • Variety of ribbons
  • Scissors
  • Needle and thread
  • 21-by-30-inch Homasote board
  • Staple gun

Steps

  1. Step 1

    1. Start with a piece of linen 25 by 34 inches. Select a variety of ribbons in widths ranging from 1 1/2 to 6 inches; trim ribbons to 25-inch lengths.

  2. Step 2

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    2. Lay a wide ribbon along one short side of the linen, 3 inches from the edge; this will become the top border. Sew the ribbon down along its top and bottom edges.

  3. Step 3

    3. Place the next ribbon so that it overlaps the bottom seam of the first, and sew it along its bottom edge, leaving the top open to create a pocket.

  4. Step 4

    Continue sewing down ribbons until the linen is covered. Stretch the linen around a 21-by-30-inch Homasote board, and secure to the back with a staple gun.

Source
Martha Stewart Living, March 1995

Reviews (24)

  • 14 Nov, 2010

    Homasote is actually a brand name that has become synonymous with the product (as are Kleenex, Q-tips) generically known as cellulose based fiber wall board ?

  • 27 Apr, 2009

    Does anyone know where i can buy Homasote Board?

  • 9 Jan, 2009

    I made this last night. I used a blank artist's canvas that I had lying around, plus I substituted using a hot glue gun instead of staples to hold the fabric in place. It was incredibly easy -- and fun!

  • 17 Sep, 2008

    Notice in the instructions how wide the ribbons are; some 6 inches wide. They make a series of pockets, one layered just overlapping the previous ribbon. The board will look completely different from the design in the video. It will have a striped effect. Really the background linen won't show at all when you are done.

  • 15 Sep, 2008

    I'm not sure what the issue is here, the title of the craft is "Ribbon Bulletin Board", and that's what the video is.

    I thought this was one of the better ideas, the video clip was clear and comprehensive about how to do this. You get the board, cover it w/ fabric, in this case linen, use a stapler or staple gun to affix the fabric, then ribbon.

  • 15 Sep, 2008

    The instruction video lookds to be very helpful. I'm looking forward to trying this. Keep up the excellent tips!

  • 15 Sep, 2008

    Way easy! Adds a formal touch to organizing!

  • 14 Sep, 2008

    Does anyone ever answer the questions/concerns we put in our comments?
    Does anyone even "preview" the craft directions before submitting them? If so, the Craft of the Day wouldn't have the wrong video that was shown.
    Martha's reputation for having things done "just so" and to high standards sure doesn't show on her "Craft of the Day". Disappointing for sure.

  • 14 Sep, 2008

    Does anyone ever answer the questions/concerns we put in our comments?
    Does anyone even "preview" the craft directions before submitting them? If so, the Craft of the Day wouldn't have the wrong video that was shown.
    Martha's reputation for having things done "just so" and to high standards sure doesn't show on her "Craft of the Day". Disappointing for sure.

  • 14 Sep, 2008

    I paused the video and it's a Rocafix staple gun. I didn't find one like Martha had. It looks like they are sold in the UK, not in the US.

  • 14 Sep, 2008

    Thank goodness for the video - I'd never have figured out how to do this with the instructions. BUT WHERE DID MARTHA GET THAT VERY EASY TO USE STAPLE GUN?

  • 14 Sep, 2008

    The comments section would be more informative if posters would skim comments already made before repeating the same information over and over.

  • 14 Sep, 2008

    The written instructions are not for the same thing as the video.

  • 14 Sep, 2008

    The board they describe in the picture and instruction, seem diffrent than the video. in the video Martha did not sew anything she just pinned and then turnned over the board over and stapled it on the back. In the picture it looks like the board is totally covered.

  • 13 Sep, 2008

    I love the idea of the bulletin board, and plan to make a few for family and friends. The video showing how to make this doesn't match the instructions. Your instructions tell you to sew the ribbons in place on the linen before stretching it on the board. The video uses a staple gun for all of the assembly.
    You should mention that there are two ways to make it and provide photos/videeo of both.

  • 13 Sep, 2008

    Same here! Also, I will continue saying it...I wish there was a zoom feature on all pics. No pics on her website will zoom and I have a very hard time seeing things.....

  • 13 Sep, 2008

    Watch the video, it shows the finished ribbon board. iIm going to make a large one. I'll let you know how it comes out.

  • 13 Sep, 2008

    Hi, Looks like a great idea but I agree, let's see a picture of the end result. Looks to me like it would look like a ribbon striped board?

  • 13 Sep, 2008

    I am not part of Martha's staff...I do believe the craft is to use your imagination. It's not so hard to picture. The top is longer than the sides is how it seems to me. the stripes of ribbon go across the board you attach the finished sewn ribbons to. How hard is this really to fathom!!

  • 13 Sep, 2008

    A picture of the finished project would be nice. It is hard to envision the whole project from the picture illustrated. Not a good promotion.

  • 13 Sep, 2008

    Why can't I see the finished item,,, this is confusing to not be able to see what it looks like completed.

  • 13 Sep, 2008

    I agree that a picture of the finished product is really important. It is what catches my eye and makes me decide if I want to try the craft being presented.

  • 13 Sep, 2008

    i think that the pictures you show are not sufficient and
    doesn't show what it might look like. please republish
    with a picture of the finished product. thanks.

  • 13 Apr, 2008

    The video does not go with the written directions. The video is for a different kind of ribbon board. I would like to see a picture of what this project looks like.