Monday, August 12, 2013

How to Create an Inspiration Board, Mood Board or Photo Board

I absolutely love decorative inspiration boards, mood boards and photo boards - of a combination board where you can pin your ideas, reminders, photos and jewellery. 

I am  so pleased to share with you how to create an inspiration type board of your own - not with the traditional cork board but with a poster board. 

Did the picture of my poster board below of men in underwear get your attention? It was a promotional poster board that is made up of thick foam (about 2cm thick), you see them on display at department stores like Myer and David Jones. I got actually got a few when I had a glass top outdoor table purchased from Myer delivered, the foam poster boards were wrapped around it for protection. I just knew they would be useful for some sort of DIY project in the future. Perhaps you already have something like this or can easily ask for some at the store where they would be normally tossed in the trash when a promotion is over.

The great thing about using a poster board like this is the shape - you can't find a cork board of this size and I've noticed a good cork board is almost impossible to find, the only ones I can find are quite thin and don't hold the weight of some of my heavier necklaces and jewellery that I like to sometimes pin on the board.
My inspiration/mood/photo board made with poster board and fabric
Here is what you will need to create the decorative pin board:

  • Thick poster board
  • Twine for hanging
  • Thick fabric (upholstery fabric is best)
  • Staple gun (optional)
  • Hot glue gun
  • Pins for pinning on to your board when your done
Step 1: Cut fabric to fit poster board and lay it down with the fabric right side facing down. One one side of the poster board peel the cardboard picture covering the foam (so the foam is exposed) and lay that side without the cardboard picture down on top of the fabric.

Step 2: Cut twine to the width of the poster board and glue the outer sides of the twine to the board. Don't be shy here - use lots of glue! You can even add more security by using a staple gun to secure the twine in place (this is optional). The twine will be used to hang the inspiration/mood board up on a wall nail.

Step 3: Fold the fabric over the edges of the board and glue with a hot glue gun or staple with a staple gun if you prefer to secure the fabric in place. Part of the fabric will cover the sides of the twine which will further strengthen and secure the twine to the board for hanging.

Final step - turn the poster board over, hang it the wall and pin away! You can pin inspiration from magazine clippings, create a mood board for an upcoming design project, picture, reminders, cards, shopping lists and jewellery.

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