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Ribbon Board




Pretty and practical, our ribbon board has been keeping work spaces clean since it was introduced -- and keeping party invitations, postcards, and photographs organized and easy to spot.


  • Homosote fiberboard, available at lumber yards.
  • Upholstery tacks
  • Ribbon
  • Linnen
  • Stapler
  • Picture hanger


  1. Step 1

    Have your board cut to size.

  2. Step 2

    Pull linen taut around front and sides of board, and staple it to back, securing two opposite sides first, then the other two.

  3. Step 3

    Be creative in arranging ribbons in a pattern on the surface. (The pattern at left is modeled after a garden trellis.) Use upholstery tacks to secure ribbons. Tuck your cards behind the ribbon; you'll need few, if any pushpins.

  4. Step 4

    Screw a picture hanger to the back, and hang the board on the wall.

Martha Stewart Living, January 2001



Reviews (2)

  • cupcake101 7 Apr, 2010

    This is the perfect craft that comes nifty and is easy to make. Seeing the video once was enough to get the whole idea and it turned out great. I used a square of fabric left over from making the curtains in my bedroom for covering the board, and used white ribbon. I also found adorable felt flowers and poked pins through them instead of just plain tacks. The overall result was great.

  • theurbanpoint 1 Dec, 2007

    I found that an inexpensive stretched canvas board works great too and keeps the ribbon board very light. I use brown packaging paper along the back after I have stapled the fabric the the canvas back and the put my mounting hardware on for a clean finished look. The wood frame on the canvas is perfect for a stapling edge. I even add a couple of layers of the fake snow sheets underneath the fabric (discounted greatly after christmas) for a plush look.