Getting Organized: DIY Burlap Bulletin Board

I don’t know about you but my kitchen island tends to be a collector of all things paper – receipts, coupons, grocery lists, you name it. In my quest to tame the kitchen clutter I partnered with Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores to create a simple burlap covered cork board that not only helps me stay organized but looks pretty darn cute doing it!

Great tutorial to create cute patterned burlap bulletin board

Simple tutorial for creating a burlap covered bulletin board

From start to finish, making the bulletin board was a pretty easy project except for one little part – choosing which patterned burlap to use. There are so many great choices at Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores that it’s hard to pick a favorite!

Love all of these fun, colorful patterned burlapsAlong with your patterned burlap, here are the supplies you’ll need to get the job done:

Start by cutting your piece of burlap about 5″ wider and longer than your cork board. The cork board that I used was 17″ x 23″ so I cut my burlap piece to 22″ x 28″.

Place your piece of burlap (pattern down) on a smooth surface and center your cork board (face down) on top of it. Wrap your burlap around the edges of the board and staple it to the back with a staple gun, pulling the burlap tight as you go. When you get to the holes for hanging your cork board, simply notch out the burlap and staple around it.

Tutorial for making burlap bulletin board

Wait to do each corner until you’ve stapled the burlap along the length of the board on both sides of it. Then take the corner piece, pull it tight towards the center of the board and staple it down.

Folding corner to create burlap covered bulletin board

If any of your staples are sticking up a bit from the back of the cork board, simply use a small hammer to tap them all the way in. Now flip your board over and admire your craftiness!

Fun patterned burlap used to cover a bulletin board

To give your patterned burlap cork board a finished look, use a coordinating grosgrain ribbon to create a decorative border. Simply use a glue dot runner to apply glue dots to one side of your ribbon along a length about 2″ shorter than the length of the side of your cork board. Starting 1″ in from the edge of your board, lay down the glue-dotted ribbon so it adheres to burlap. When you get to the corner, flip your ribbon over and follow the same steps for the next side. A small dot of glue from a hot glue gun will help keep your corners laying flat and staying in place.

Super cute patterned burlap used to create a burlap covered cork board

Now it’s time for the fun stuff – adding all sorts of organizational goodies to your board. I like the idea of clipping things onto the board instead of using thumbtacks so that you aren’t putting holes in invites and mail. My solution was to use a hot glue gun to glue thumbtacks onto the back of some chalkboard clothespins and chalkboard clothespin clips:

Hot glue a thumbtack onto a clothespin for the perfect bulletin board clip

I used two of the chalkboard clothespins to clip on a clear caddy that’s the perfect spot to drop our keys as we come in the door:

Such cute chalkboard clips!

I also added a mason jar chalkboard plaque (could it be any cuter?!) that can be used to keep a grocery list or as a place for the family to jot quick notes to each other. I replaced the twine hanger that comes with the mason jar plaque with a thin ribbon to add some color:

Super cute mason jar chalkboard - perfect for jotting down quick notes when hung in a kitchen

I then used chalkboard clothespins clips to clip on receipts, coupons, invites, and outgoing mail. I love that the chalkboard surface makes erasing and rewriting on them super easy.

Love the idea of using re-writeable chalkboard clips like this for a bulletin board

DIY burlap wrapped bulletin board - perfect for getting organized!

It’s been such a great clutter-tamer in our kitchen that my only regret is that I didn’t get around to making it sooner! I found the perfect spot for my bulletin board on an empty wall in the kitchen right by the door to the garage so I can grab my car keys, any letters to mail, or coupons as I run out the door to do errands.

Hanging herb crates and DIY patterned burlap bulletin board

And there’s still plenty of wall space left for a future project or two…

Hope you all have a great week – I’m taking the next few days off to hang out with my family while my girls are on Spring Break. We’ve left our furry daughter at home with our house sitter and are heading down to Florida in search of some sun! I’m sure I’ll have a few things to share on Instagram (you can follow along {here}) but otherwise I’ll see you back here next week.

This post was written as part of a sponsored collaboration with Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores. All opinions and love for my new burlap bulletin board are 100% my own.


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