While you may not be heading back into the classroom yourself, late summer and early autumn will always evoke that excited “back to school” feeling. Take advantage of that organizational energy by giving your own work space or home office a little makeover. You can start with this DIY, upcycled picture frame that’s been transformed into a pinboard ideal for organizing your thoughts and showcasing your favorite cards and photographs. Here’s what you need:
- Old picture frame (we found ours at a thrift store for $5)
- Fat quarter of fabric (18 x 22 inches)
- Cork board, foam board, or insulation
- Foam sheets, felt, or cotton/acrylic batting
- Spray-on adhesive
- Spray paint
- Utility Knife
- Staple Gun
- Measuring tape
Measure the length and width of on the back of your picture frame where you’ll insert the pinboard, and write down the numbers so you don’t forget them! If your picture frame came with the actual picture, you can measure that instead. Either works!
Clean your picture frame so that you have a smooth canvas for your spray paint. Place your frame on newspaper or an old box and then spray with your choice color. We went with gold! Refer to the instructions on your spray paint to ensure a beautiful, even finish.
Using the measurements you took earlier, measure and cut out your cork board. You can also try an alternative to cork board, such as insulation or foam board.
For extra padding, use spray-on adhesive to attach cotton batting, a thick layer of felt, or thick foam sheets to your cork board. You’ll need to measure the padding so that it fits exactly.
Stretch your fabric across the padded cork board and use a staple gun to secure it, making sure to pull the fabric taut so there’s no bunching or looseness. Once you’re finished, pop the board into the frame! If necessary, glue it down with hot glue or your spray-on adhesive. You’ll also want to put a hook on the back for hanging.
*Note that a fat quarter of fabric (roughly 18 x 22 inches) will likely be plenty. If you want to play it safe, go for the full yard!
And that’s it! Hang it in your office and start pinning important notes and reminders, words of inspiration, artwork, cards, and photographs!