Getting Organized – Final Steps in Kids Room Part 1

Today was a fantastic day! After a long stretch of work and a million other little things to do, I finally got a day to catch up. It was so great to get the garden weeded, house cleaned, sew, shelves and curtains hung, and finally get my youngest son’s baseball bulletin board done.

Now this baseball bulletin board has been a thorn in my side for the last few weeks. I knew what I wanted but could never get the product I desired. First, I bought too thin of a cork board. Next, I tried many different materials for the stitching and hated every one of them. Finally, after many failures (trust me…it was ugly), I had a bulletin board I was proud of.

Baseball Bulletin Board

Supplies:

  • Thick cork board with cardboard backing (size will vary depending upon the size of your project)
  • White spray paint/acrylic paint
  • Black or Red Sharpie marker – regular tip
  • Measuring tape
  • Box Cutter or Jigsaw
  • Command damage-free hanging strips (I used the 12lb ones)

Directions:

1. First, you need to determine how large you want your bulletin board to be. I knew a size I desired, but couldn’t find a way to make a perfect circle on the board. Finally, I used the round tire cover out of my husband’s car. I place it on the FRONT side of the cork board and traced around the circle.

2. Next, you will need to cut out your board. I attempted to use an angled box cutter (which was working just fine, thank you), but my husband came in and whisked my cork board away. 10 minutes later, my husband returned with a beautifully round bulletin board he had cut out using a jigsaw. NOTE: Make sure you cut with the right side up. If you cut from the back, you cork will chip and look choppy in the front. Also, DO NOT throw away your scraps. You will need these pieces later.

3. Wipe down you cork board with a damp cloth. Paint the cork board front and sides with either spray paint or acrylic paint. It will take about 2 coats to gets good coverage. Make sure you let the coats dry in between.

I used spray paint which gives a more weathered/aged look to the “ball”. Use acrylic paint for more even coverage.

4. Next, you will need to take your measuring tape and measure around your bulletin board to get the circumference. My board measured 65 inches. Now, for the fun part…math. You need to take your board circumference and divide it by 4 (I got 16.25in). Measure around your board, marking your quarter measurements on the back of your board. Next, take your ¼ measurement and divide it by 2 (16.25/2=8.13 which I rounded to 8.10 inch). Mark this measurement between your ¼ measurements making a total of 8 marks on the back of your board. See below diagram.

The back of my board. See all my crazy math, markings and trials before I did anything permanent damage to the front

5. Place the right side of your board on the ground, with one of your tally marks at the top (as shown above). On the sided of your bulletin board, mark the 1/8 marks (indicated by the red marks above) with your sharpie. Next, take you discarded scraps and used the curved cut out to draw a curved line from the top red mark to the bottom red mark. Repeat with the other side.

Drawing the curve from the scraps

6. Draw your stitches on the curved line. From the top, I drew 1 ½ inch lines every 1 inch down each curved line. I drew mine straight across, following the curve, but if you look at a baseball, the stitching actually angles slightly. This is totally a personal preference, so whichever you choose.

Almost done. Don’t you love the weathered look from the spray paint!

7. Finally, apply your hanging strips as directed on the package and your done!

This looks so good above his desk and goes great with his sports themed room. He came home today and immediately started hanging his “important” papers from it. Perfect solution for my little sports writer.

Finished product!

I hope you enjoy making this Baseball Bulletin board for your little sports fan!

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Getting Organized – Creating your own Grand Central Station

Last week I came to the realization that my family needed its own “Grand Central Station”. You know, a specific place that gives your family all the important information they need to carry out their day the best they can. This great epiphany came after I showed up for work on the wrong night…again. I also forgot my oldest had a field trip and scheduled a dentist appointment for him on the same day. Needless to say, I needed some help keeping all my family’s activities straight. I searched the stores and internet for pre-made organization centers and really didn’t like anything I saw (also, they were expensive and I’m c.h.e.a.p), so I decided to create my own. The great thing about creating your own station is that you can customize it fit your family’s needs. Here’s how I created my family’s “Grand Central Station”.

Supplies:

  • 17in x 23in Cork Framed Bulletin Board
  • 1 yd fabric (your choice)
  • 10in x 7in Plastic Mail Organizer
  • Pencil Cup
  • Pencils
  • Sharpies
  • Calender
  • Push Pins
  • Hot Glue Gun/Glue
  • Magnets/Adhesive Strips/Nails

Directions:

1. Take your bulletin board and set it on a flat work surface, face up. Place your fabric over the bulletin board, making sure the fabric overlaps the sides. Place a push-pin in each corner of the bulletin board to hold the fabric in place and cut the fabric along the OUTSIDE of the frame.

Fabric cut to fit bulletin board frame

2. Next, take a butter knife (careful with this step) and carefully tuck the fabric under the frame (between the frame and the cork). You will need to the tuck in one side, and then tuck in the opposite side. You will notice that the fabric will become very taut…this is what you want.

Using knife to tuck in fabric under frame

Fabric covered bulletin board

3. After you get your bulletin board base completed, you will need to decide how your want your bulletin board to function. For my family, we needed a calendar to help keep track of family schedules and special events, a mail organizer, and lots of extra space for various school papers that always seem to crowd my refrigerator. Some other ideas for your board: grocery list, message board, menu, to do list, chore list, etc… Whatever your family needs is what you need to include on your bulletin board.

4. Next, lay out your items on your bulletin board. As you can see, I placed a calendar and mail organizer on the top portion of my bulletin board. Then, I added a pencil holder on the bottom. To attach these items to my board, I used a hot glue gun. Make sure to let your items dry before you place your bulletin board upright.

5. Flip your bulletin board over and attach either the magnets (with hot glue) or adhesive strips (these usually come with the bulletin board) to the back, if you are not hanging the board up with nails.

6. Now add all your fun accessories. I wanted to keep our board simple so I added different colored sharpies (each color for a different activity), pencils, and metallic push pins.

Let the creative juices flow and bling your board however your choose…fun pics of your family, ribbons, funky fabrics…anything that displays your family’s personality.

We have really enjoyed this ‘Central Station Board”. My oldest is a schedule nut, so he loves knowing when I have to work and what’s for dinner that night. So far, it’s helped keep us organized and on track.

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