DIY- Ribbon Board Re-Do

Hey Cats!

In 21 days, I will be moving back to the Promised Land, into a house with three other girls. And I am SO EXCITED. Since I’m transitioning from the dorm to a real house, I’ve changed things up a little bit, including the color scheme of my room. You may remember that I went with a beach theme in the dorm, light blues, greens, coral, etc. This time around, I’ve decided to go with light blue, gray, and dark purple. I’ve been able to keep a lot of my blue stuff, like my bedspread, pictures, lamps, and pillows. I’ve also decided to re-do a couple of things I already had. I didn’t want to part with some of it, and I still needed some, so instead of spending lots of money on buying new things, I spent a little money on updating them! One of the things I had that I absolutely loved and did not want to get rid of was a memory board my aunt made for me. I love pictures, so I obviously can’t do without one of these. The only problem was that it was lime green, which totally doesn’t match my room anymore. So I got some new fabric & ribbon, and an hour or so later, I had an updated version of one of my dorm room faves!

This is what I started with. Isn’t it cutie? Sadly, not with purple and blue.

Here’s what you will need:
-1 memory board (Mine is made out of one of those posterboards with the foam and a thin layer of cotton quilt batting. If you have one you bought from somewhere, you could still try this, but it will probably be more difficult to take apart, but I have faith in you. Just don’t injure yourself. OR if you want to make one, just get one of the posterboards mentioned above & some quilt batting!)
– Enough fabric to cover the front of the board. I used 1/2 of a yard, and have plenty left over to make pillows with!
-Ribbon. I just used one spool, but I probably should have used two.
-Brads, furniture tacks, or buttons. I used some really cute brads from the scrapbooking section in Hobby Lobby.

I hadn’t bought the brads yet. Sorry. Also, that’s my favorite nail polish.

Here’s what you do:

1. First, remove all the buttons or tacks from the board. Mine were buttons, so it was fairly easy to just cut them off, but if yours has tacks, it might be a little harder.
2. Second, using a staple-puller, flat screwdriver (what I used), scissors, or your fingernails (which I wouldn’t reccommend, then they’ll look like crap), remove the ribbon. Make sure you don’t accidentally remove the staples that are holding down the fabric, just the ribbon!

3. Next, measure and cut the fabric. I did this by laying the fabric print-side down on the floor and laying the board fabric-side down on top of it. Then I cut it, leaving enough fabric on each side to overlap & staple down on the back. Also, make sure you iron your fabric before you staple it, because wrinkles are ugly, and that it’s pulled really tight, because it will also be ugly if it’s loose.

Before I cut it, obviously. I used the existing fabric as a guide for how much fabric to overlap.

4. Now you’re ready to staple! Make sure that the fabric is tight, and if it has a pattern that the pattern is straight. I folded the edge of mine twice and then stapled it. I used just a regular stapler, because I wasn’t sure if heavy duty staples would have gone through the front. This part takes the longest, but it’s not hard! Just make sure that every staple gets in there like it’s supposed to, or else it won’t hold together very well. Keep going all the way around! I would suggest using extra staples on the corners, since you’ll probably have more fabric there.

This is the double fold, before I started stapling. Make sure it extends a little further than the original fabric.
Here’s what the back looks like finished!
And here’s the front!

5. Ribbon time! Take the end of your ribbon and staple it on the back of the board, diagonally through the center of the point on the corner.

It’s not very pretty, but you get the idea.

 

6. Next, stretch the ribbon diagonally across the board, making sure it’s tight and straight. Staple the end to the back side of the opposite corner from which you started.

Be sure to pull it really tight, or your pictures will fall out!

7. Do the same thing on the opposite corners.

I’m running out of things to say for photo captions…

8. Continue adding ribbon to make more small diamonds. I measured the distance from the middle to make sure I spaced them evenly.

I probably could have used more ribbon, but this will be fine, too!

9. Now it’s time for the brads/buttons/whatever. Like I said, I used brads from the scrapbooking section, but if you want to use buttons or something more sturdy, that would probably be wise.

10. Poke a hole where you want the brad to go, usually in the middle of where the two ribbons cross. My brads didn’t go all the way through all the layers, so I used a nail and my brute strength to push it through.

If you’re using buttons, skip this step & just sew it on. Good luck with that.

11. Take your hole-poking tool out and replace it with the brad. Secure it on the back by folding the prongs down.

 

It’s a rose!

12. Repeat for each ribbon intersection! I used a different brad for each one, and it turned out super cutie!

So there it is! This was super easy and inexpensive, and I can’t wait to put it up in my room and fill it with pictures! I have a few more DIY’s coming soon, and hopefully I’ll be able to do another recipe before I leave for school! Until next time!

DIY- Cute As A Button Frame

Hey Cats!
As you may or may not know, I will be going off to college in the fall (yay!), so I have been collecting things to¬†decorate my dorm room and make it feel more like home. I picked up a long collage frame on one of my many trips to Target, but I was worried that it would be too much blue, since I already have lots of blue things (comforter, pillows, lamp, trash can, hangers…you get the picture). My mom suggested that I paint a design on it to add some color, but I didn’t really feel like painting, since all I can do is flowers and hearts. So, I decided to glue buttons onto it! It took maybe 30 minutes, and it was super easy! Except for when I burned myself. Anyways, here’s what you do!
You will need:
-An inexpensive collage frame (mine was $12.99 from Target), or you could do a mirror or a regular-sized frame.

-Assorted buttons. I bought Grandma’s Grab Bag from Hobby Lobby last year, and I’m still using it! You could also use rhinestones in place of buttons. (I used 2 in random spots)

– A hot glue gun

Here’s what you do!
1) Decide where you would like the buttons on the frame. I placed mine and then moved them around to make sure I liked where they were. Do this first, because once they’ve been glued down, they won’t be easy to get off!
2) Glue them on!
And you’re done! A tip is to wait until the glue has cooled to clean off the little strings, because if it is still hot, it will just stretch out even more. I waited until I had them all glued on and then cleaned it off.
Here’s how it turned out!

Since this was so easy a child could have done it, I guess it was more to show you what I made than to tell you how to do it yourself…but I wanted to share! I hope you try this, it’s a great way to make anything a little more personal and unique! And also, I have an idea of what my next DIY is, and it’s great! I’m so excited! Until next time!