Thursday, December 16, 2010

Burlap Bulletin Board from Ceiling Tiles

This weekend was a busy one for me.  I have so many projects started that I need to finish!  I get started on one, then think of another.  Today I am making myself finish the burlap bulletin board I started a week ago. The materials I used are:
Acoustic ceiling tile 2 x 2, cut in half (Home Depot - around $3.00 for whole tile) I used one half for this project
Red satin interior paint
Black spray paint
Heavy duty stapler (not a staple gun although you could use one)
Red burlap fabric
Ribbon (to glue around edges for a finished look (I used black with white polka dots)
Optional - fabric to make flower push pins

I like to paint the front of the ceiling tile a color similar to the burlap color.  This isn't necessary but the burlap has such a loose weave that I don't want too much of the white tile showing through the fabric  I spray paint the back of the board with the black spray paint.  In the future I might use felt backing for a twist.

I trace the board onto the back of the fabric.  Then I add 3/4 to 1 inch around all four sides of the pattern. That way  I can fold the edge under and staple to the edge of the board.  (Unfortunately, my photo of this step did not make it to my computer - ugh)  As I've stated in a previous blog, you would never guess that my Dad was a professional photographer!   I fold over the edges and use the heavy duty stapler to connect the fabric to the ceiling tile.  Not the neatest job but, what can I say?   I get messy a lot!  No problem - it will be covered in ribbon!

This is the board after stapling all around!  Now - I'm ready to start finishing this!  I'm starting to believe I can do it!  

Then I used Liquid Stitch to glue the ribbon border around the tile.   Love the 50% off ribbon at Hobby Lobby!

Finished!  I added fabric flowers that I glued onto tacks.  I also tried wrapping the fabric around a push pin.  Both worked well.   I learned how to make these flowers at Our Best Bites.  Then I stapled ribbon on the back to hang this on the wall.  I really wanted to make a pretty bow but after several attempts I realized I'm not so hot at pretty bow making.  I'll be working on this at a later date.  Keep you posted!

Voila!  I finished my project.  It will be used as my Christmas Card display for now.  Next up - stay tuned!  I'll show you what I did with the other half of the ceiling tile.  



  1. I love this What a great and inexpensive way to make something so cute Thank you for one really great idea!

  2. I am sitting in laundry room looking at tiles we were about to throw out...not NOW!

  3. @AnonymousMost definitely don't throw them out! I have even seen these painted - so many ways to dress them up!


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