Thursday, February 17, 2011

Fabric Photo Board

I've been wanting to make a fabric photo board for months, I bought a pre-stretched canvas months ago when it was 50% off for I think $4. I had also bought a few great fabrics for our new house that I planned to use in our pillows and other things that were on clearance. The only thing that was holding me back was that we didn't have a staple gun. husband recently started insulating our attic so he had to buy one! I swiped it while he was at work the other day. And here's how I did it:

1. I measured a piece of fabric about 2 inches  longer on each side than the canvas. Do the same with 3-4 pieces of cotton batting (not pictured because I forgot this the first time around).

2. Begin stapling on one side then stretch the opposite side as much as possible for a nice finished look.

3. Wrap corners like a present.
4. Lay out your ribbon on a diagonal,  3 in each direction. Staple each piece to back of canvas.

5. The ribbons will cross each other, place a button in those places. Instead of sewing, use a needle and thick  thread  and push  each end into two opposite button wholes. Then take the ends in the back to pull and tie as tight as possible to create an indentation in the batting. 

6. As you may be able to tell from the pictures, doing step 5 insures the secureness of the photos or papers.

And here's the finished product:

All of these are pretty old pictures, but some of my favorites :)
I plan to put this in my hallway off the kitchen and may add some recipe ideas, to-do lists, grocery lists, or even kids artwork. Who knows...possibilities are endless! I love how it turned out!! (And the staple gun is my new best friend!)

Party Button

Chic on a Shoestring Decorating


  1. This is cute! I've done it with old cork boards. You can use a regular stapler, which makes it easy to take off if you want to change the fabric, or use a new color scheme!

  2. Britt,
    That looks great! It's something I've wanted to do for ages. Maybe I'll get to it some day!

  3. Love it! I am so proud of you.
    Great job!
    Love you!

  4. Thanks everyone!
    Jodi- did you use buttons on it? How would you attach it? I threaded and tied the threads to create the cushioned look and hold everything in place. How'd you do it?

  5. How sweet! Those pics of the bebe are adorable!
    Thanks for linking up to Making It With Allie! I can't wait to see what you have for next week!

  6. Very cute! I love the fabric you used. Thanks for linking up