Decor & Inspiration

How-To: DIY Graphic Bulletin Board

Form meets function with this graphic DIY wall art!

Copy: Kelli Ryder, Stylist: Meg Allan Cole, Photography: Meg Allan Cole

When you’re tight on space, appropriate decor can be tricky. Luckily, DIY guru Meg Allan Cole has paired innovation with her keen creativity yet again. Using a handful of inexpensive supplies, you’ll be able to create an eye-catching (and flat!) piece of wall art. And as a bonus, it becomes a fully functioning bulletin board once hung. Get organized, plan ahead, or just pin up your inspiration. We think Rue HQ needs one in white + gold! Here’s how it’s done:

Supplies:
-Cork circles from Ikea
-Painter’s tape
-Two shades of paint (TIP: Meg suggests going with a glossy finish!)
-Paint brushes

Step 1: Working with the wall space you have allotted for this, lay out your cork circles to see how many you’ll need. This piece is 5 circles wide and 4 circles tall, meaning there are 20 cork circles in total to paint.

Step 2: Locate the center of your cork circle with a ruler and mark it with a pencil. Being a circle, it’s pretty easy and requires little-to-NO recollection of geometry, thank goodness!

Step 3: Add a piece of tape dissecting the center of each cork circle and wrap the excess around the back. Press down along the tape line to make it secure.

Step 4: When all of your circles are taped, paint the side that is a whole half of the circle black and allow to dry. Be sure to get the sides and all of the tiny nooks and crannies. Add two coats if necessary.

Step 5: When the black paint is dry, remove the tape and paint the other half of your circles gold, or whichever color combo you chose.

Step 6: Paint the second half of the circles. You can always tape over the black paint to create a perfect straight line, but it is easy to freehand the second hue with the first dried paint line as your guide.

Step 7: Hang your cork pieces on the wall with a hammer and nails. Place the nail on the black side of the circle, and hang the center cork circle first and work your way out.

Step 8: Draw with a black marker on the nailheads to camouflage them.

Voila! You have a dynamic and graphic statement wall piece that doubles as a bulletin board for organization and planning. Form meets function, indeed!

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  • http://twitter.com/PatternPulp Pattern Pulp

    Fabulous DIY. So simple & fresh.