I've been wanting to make a pinboard for ages and ages. I love having photo's around and John's a really good photographer so we've loads I think should have pride of place on display! I wanted a really big one to fill a big gap I've had reserved in our dining room wall but I couldn't find one I could afford. I've been on the look out for an old, wooden framed one but my regular ebay search has drawn a blank. (We've actually got one in our office which would have been perfect but it's Council property and currently full of rather important work stuff - and it's a big too big to sneak out the door without anyone noticing!)
So I've been thinking for a while that I'd like to have a go at making one but couldn't figure out how to do it. I knew I wanted something bold and much bigger than the usual ones available in stationers (well here anyway.) Slowly the idea formed for me of what I could use and the final piece came when John was storing some flooring fiber boards that are designed to go under laminate flooring (he has a flooring business) The boards are recycled wood or paper and are nice and lights. They're nice and spongy so will take pins nicely.
So, here's what I used:
Piece of hardboard cut to required size
Laminate fiber board - I used 2 boards for the size I wanted but you could cut them to suit
Coloured fleece - I used a fleece blanket from IKEA - about £2.50 I think
Lay the hardboard on a flat surface and spread with contact adhesive. This is really smelly stuff - I've no idea how flooring people work with it. Make sure you use it in a very well ventilated room - or even outside.
Put some contact adhesive on the fiber boards and attach them to the hardboard. As you can see from the pictures - John did most of this for me - it's his medium (and he was a bit 'let me do it' when I tried to have a go!)
Leave to dry for a few minutes and then stand the hardboard (now with the fiber board attached) Using the staple gun, attach the fleece to the underside of the board (the non fiber board side.) Apply contact adhesive to around a third of the board and the fleece and when it's tacky, pull it taught over the first portion of the front of the board. Repeat this step until the whole of the board is covered.
Then pull the surplus fabric over the edges of the board and secure with the staple gun.
Finally, fold the corners and cut to prevent and bulges - then staple them in place.
Finally, drill holes in the corners and use to secure to the wall with screws and raw plugs.
Voila, groovy pinboard.