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We love the fabric pinboards for stylishly storing important information and displaying much loved photos and memories. Except, when I went to buy one, for the size I wanted, it was coming out at £70! Turns out it’s super easy to make yourself and so much cheaper. So, now I’ve made my own pinboard, I share my step by step guide so you can too.

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You will need:

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  • MDF (larger stores will cut to size for you, we went for 700mm, cut twice, as we could make two out of this)
  • Wadding (70g thickness- sold by the metre)
  • Scissors
  • Fabric
  • Pins
  • Staple gun and staples 

How to:

Securing the wadding
  1. DIY PinboardLay the wadding over the board to determine the quantity. You’ll want to allow an excess of 8cm (3″) around the entire board. If you’re not sure, it’s better to have more than not enough, you can always trim it down later.
  2. Flip the board over so the wadding is on the surface and the board is facing you. Secure the wadding in place by folding the wadding over the edge of the board and securing with a staple. Continue around the entire board until the wadding is in place. It doesn’t matter if it looks a little messy at this stage, it’ll be hidden by the fabric anyway. Note: although you’ll want the wadding taut, don’t pull on the wadding too much, otherwise it could cause holes.
  3. Trim the excess wadding to approximately to 3cm (1″) above the staples, as shown in the image to the right.
Securing the fabric
  1. Ensure your fabric is free from creases at this stage. It’s better to iron them out now than try and get the creases out when it’s hanging.
  2. Following the same process as you did with the wadding, cut the fabric around the board allowing for a 8cm (3″) gap around all sides. DIY pinboard
  3. Now you’re ready to secure the fabric. Note: leave the corners until last. Working from 2cm from the corner, fold the fabric around the wadding to make it all nice and neat, hold firm and staple. Continue doing this around the board until the fabric is nice and secure.
Tidying up around the corners
  1. You should have a triangular flap of fabric around the edges.
  2. Cut vertically into one side of the fabric as per the above right picture.
  3. Pull the excess fabric over to the cut side, tucking in the corners and any loose threads
  4. Secure with a staple. Do this with all four corners.
Finishing touches
  1. DIY pinboardWhy not add a ribbon to complete the look. You could do a simple frame like we’ve done or you could have them criss-cross over.
  2. However you prefer, drape the ribbon over the board in your preferred style and cut the ends with approximately 6cm of fabric on either side (were going to secure these in place on the back).
  3. When you have the ribbon laid out in your preferred style, secure with pins or needles. If using needles, you’ll need to find some other way to secure them later, e.g. buttons, as the needles won’t be secure enough.
  4. You’ll want to secure the ribbon at any point that crosses over and towards the end of your board to make the next bit easier.
  5. Turning the board over so you can see the back, fold the ribbon over and secure in line with the fabric with a staple, trim any excess ribbon as you go along.
  6. As an added touch you could always put buttons or pins at the crossover points for added detail. If you use buttons, secure with a strong fabric glue.

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If you’ve made your own pinboard, we’d love to see it in the comments below! If you’re looking for other new projects to try? Our gallery wall guide makes for a great feature in any room. Why not get the most out of every candle? Check out our further reads below for more inspiration.

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