The board is pretty much finished, I have some anniversary and company Christmas photos to add.
Crafts, Projects

Working It Out

With the amount of picture and wall art posts that I’ve done, we know that this is something I love. My office at work is very much a blank canvas and looking at four white walls all day can be boring. I wanted to create something that I could display my work momentoes on. Since these walls aren’t mine, I also wanted something that didn’t have to be hung.

A photo or momento board is a great option for that. Using ribbon I’m going to create a grid that I can fit things behind so they can be easily repositioned as I add or take away items.

This is everything that I used to create this project.

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Ribbon
  • Fabric
  • Cotton Batting (optional)
  • Staple Gun & Staples
  • Fabric Scissors
  • Foam Board
  • Tacks
  • Two-way tape

I started by cutting the foam board in two equal halves and taping them together. I wanted to make sure that the board would be thick enough that the staples wouldn’t go through.

I'm using a layer of batting to help add dimension once the tacks are in place.

Then I laid out some leftover quilting cotton and cut a piece to fit around the board. This is an optional step, but I thought that it would look nice to have the tacks indented so that the board had a quilted appearance. I then stapled the cotton to the foam board. I started with a long side and put one staple in the middle, then pulled the cotton taught and stapled on the opposite side. I then repeated for the shorter sides and then went around the rest of the board pulling the cotton taught and stapling it in place.

Next I laid out the fabric and used the same method as above to get it stapled in place. Flip the board over every once in a while to check that that fabric doesn’t have any wrinkles.

Place the ribbon diagonally at one corner of the board and start cutting strips working your way to the other corner. You can use a ruler to make sure the spacing in even or just eyeball it.

First lines of ribbon are in place. The next set will be placed on a diagonal in the opposite direction.

After the strips are cut, staple them in place. Then go through the process of cutting the ribbon, but in the other direction this time.

The ribbon has all been stapled in place so it's time for the last step.

The finishing touch is adding a tack at each intersection of the ribbons.

These gold tacks really finish it off. I've added one at every point the ribbon intersects.

Once all that is done, it’s time to take all the little mementoes or photos and start arranging them.

The board is pretty much finished, I have some anniversary and company Christmas photos to add.

I’ve still got three more office walls, does anyone have any suggestions on things I can do to add a little more life to the space?

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3 thoughts on “Working It Out”

  1. This is a great project Maven, looks simple too! I like the color combo of grey and purple. Why buy when you can make it right? I must make one of these for my sewing room, my walls are bare. If you’re looking for ideas to cover bare walls, Pinterest is great for inspiration!

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    1. Thanks Diana! You’re right, it’s a very simple and fast project.
      I feel the same, I would much rather make something than buy. Especially since it usually gives me the chance to use things I already have.
      That’s a great idea, I’ll do some looking. 🙂

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