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Bulletin boards and message centers

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Customized Bulletin Boards

Other Ideas:
Fabric, Organizing

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.
  • 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

Entryway-Organizer How-To

The school permission slip. The envelope that needs to be posted. This back-door bulletin board organizes all of that -- and saves you precious time in the last-minute scramble as you head out the door. Ours is a basic store-bought corkboard that’s been painted and outfitted with a ledge and rod (to hold larger mail), plus cup hooks (for keys). Keep the family’s monthly calendar here, too, for at-a-glance reminders of doctor appointments and meetings.
  • Drill and bit
  • Bulletin board
  • Wooden board, 1 by 2 inches, cut to interior width of bulletin board
  • Wood screws
  • Paint (in desired color) and paintbrush
  • White cork fabric (optional)
  • Multipurpose spray adhesive, such as 3M Super 77 (optional)
  • 2 sets of gooseneck brackets
  • #4 screws, 1/2 inch
  • Brass-plated steel rod, 3/8 inch, cut to fit distance between brackets
  • Cup hooks, 1 inch

Plexiglas-and-Pegboard Organizer

Other Ideas:
Home office
The family command center gets a modern upgrade thanks to Day-Glo Plexiglas. A sturdy pegboard base proves perfectly suited for sorting mail, displaying photos, and storing small items. Watch the full how-to. 
  • Wooden pegboard
  • Gray spray paint
  • Neon Plexiglas sheets
  • Marker
  • Plastic cutter
  • Sandpaper
  • Electric drill
  • Plastic drill bit
  • Neon acrylic rod
  • Gray elastic cord
  • Handsaw
  • Mallet