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Beautify a Bulletin Board




Who knew that bulletin boards could be bright spots? To make a custom one, you'll need a Homasote board cut to fit a painted wooden frame.


  • Wooden frame
  • Homasote board, cut to fit
  • Fabric, at least 2 inches larger than board on all sides
  • Staple gun
  • Angle brackets


  1. Step 1

    Cut fabric 2 inches larger than board on all sides. Center board facedown on fabric. Fold edge of one side of fabric over board; starting at middle, secure with staple gun. Repeat on opposite edge, then remaining sides.

  2. Step 2

    Place board in frame; secure with angle brackets at corners.

Martha Stewart Living, September 2006



Reviews (10)

  • BobKat1 14 Sep, 2012

    I alternatively and for a lot less money will go to a craft store and simply buy sheets of decorative scrapbooking paper as background for my bulletin board. I base how I decorate it around the seasons, holidays, colour coordination. And of course you can save the papers and use them year after year. Sometimes I even take sections of decorative wrapping paper in an attempt to reuse it after opening a gift by using what is still smooth and unfolded as an additional background option.

  • raspberryrosy 27 Aug, 2011

    This is brilliant and probably fairly economical. I have been admiring a daily organizer/message center at Pottery Barn, but when you add up all the components, it costs a fortune! Thanks for the inspiration, Martha! Maybe I can even reproduce some of the other components of the PB Daily System myself at a fraction of their cost.

  • sjmurphyonci 30 Jul, 2011

    I have a suggestion: As some fabrics may stretch and sag with use & time (and possibly humidity), instead of gluing the overlaps in the back, use thumbtacks or staples, so you can tighten the fabric as needed, until the fabric stops stretching, then glue it.
    We've had a framed, canvas-covered homosote BB in our Common House at Cantine's Island CoHousing in Saugerties, NY for 13 years. It gets heavy use, and still looks great.

  • lovetocraft26 21 Apr, 2010

    This is a great tutorial, especially the part about the D rings as I've often had trouble securing my board into place.
    However, if you don't have the time and energy to make your own organizer, this website has some really unique and adorable fabric covered bulletin boards for sale-

  • arutnev 4 May, 2009

    home Depot and Lowe's have it.

  • corknut 3 May, 2009

    Go here to find a Homasote dealer near you:

  • lovestoscrap 3 May, 2009

    I found online that Menards should carry this product. Hope that helps!

  • gekkolisa 3 May, 2009

    I like this, I plan to have a home office in a historic home and this is great. I'm saving this.

  • MyDailyFiber 3 May, 2009

    Where can you get this Homosote board, do home improvement stores have it?

  • barbarabayliswordpresscom 11 Jul, 2008

    I love the delightful fresh pop this framed bulletin board makes in the room. Wondeful idea for an old picture frame hanging around in the attic !

    Barb Baylis