Easy Bulletin Board Project

This past summer, I helped my boss (Mandy) do a little re-decorating in her office.

I had some projects for an office that I had been wanting to try, inspired by Ballard Designs.

I love these magnet boards…

So I made some for my boss’ office.


They turned out great, and she has loved using them.


So then I wanted to make her a bulletin board to hang above her desk.

I love the ones in the Ballard Designs magazines…

Their 28” x 24” is $89.00. And the next size is 40” x 60” and is $299.00, plus an extra $30.00 shipping cost!

My bulletin board measures 32” x 27”.

I got the frame at Goodwill for $5.50. I was hoping for something with more design to it, but after many stops to GW, I decided this frame would work good enough.


There was no glass in it, which was fine because I didn’t need it.

IMG_3064 I used a liquid deglosser on the frame and spray painted it black.


My dad got me one of these “can guns”, and I love it. It makes spray painting so much easier, and it doesn’t hurt my finger.

Thanks, Dad!

IMG_3068 I gave it a couple of good coats of paint,IMG_3781

I bought a roll of cork board at Lowe’s for $8.00.


Then I hot glued the cork to the cardboard backing of the picture frame.


FYI: I wouldn’t use the glue gun if I did this project again. I would use a spray adhesive instead.

IMG_2886 (This can has had it!)

The glue from the glue gun was a little bumpy and it did not give me the results I had hoped for. But once you hang things on the bulletin board, I don’t think you will notice the little imperfections.


I sanded down the edges to get the look I was after.


And now it is ready to use!

I bought some little “Spare Parts” from Hobby Lobby and hot glued them to some little tacs.


I also got this whole bunch of keys from Hobby Lobby for $6.00 (the 50% off price). I only needed one of them, so I am looking forward to using the other ones in future projects!



What do ya think? I made the bulletin board for about $10.00 (I had cork board left over).


Much better and a little bigger than the $89.00 board from Ballard’s!

I used one key which cost about a dollar and the tacks cost me about $2.50.


Pretty good for less than $15.00!






  1. First let me say how sorry I am on the loss of your mom. I am confident that you honor her well by sharing your creative gifts with the world! And, it's so good to see you again! I will become a follower so I won't lose your blog this time. Anyhow, I loved these back in the summer and I love them now. Count me in!

  2. I love your blog – I lost my mom about 7 years ago. She too was an inspiration and a Godly woman – such an example. Reading you blog has made me think of that time again and how grateful I am that I had her for so many years!

    I am a follower and I'd love to win your give away! I work in cubicle land and will be posting soon about how I "wallpapered" my cube and some of the things I try to do to make it welcoming and "me". I could certainly use the board in my cube!!

    I will link up from my post tomorrow when I'm fresh and can figure it out (or will have my daughter do it for me!)
    Thanks! Esther

  3. Wow, I just read Beth's comment about your Mom. I too am very sorry for your loss. I can't imagine as I haven't been in your footsteps before but I did say a prayer for you.

    Love the projects! I'd love to win one! :)


  4. Hw super cute are those! I think I could maybe do that but I would rather just win yours:) I am a follower and I am absolutely going to post this link in my blog too!

  5. I am a new follower, but you had me at Ballard Design! I too love all things Ballard, I found your blog when you did the fabulous tutorial on the Ballard shelves, as soon as I get to Lowes will be making some of those. Thank you for the fantastic inspiration.

  6. I love your magnet boards-so cute! You come up with some great original ideas but also some of the best knock-offs I have seen. Thanks for sharing with us. So sorry for the loss of your mother-she sounds like an incredible woman!

  7. I LOVE that bulletin Board…I am going to the GW tomorrow to try and find a good frame to make myself one of those, thanks for the little tutorial!!

    And those Magnet Boards, my goodness, SO darling!!

    Oh, and I am a follower!

  8. ANOTHER…fabulous idea…and I hope I WIN BIG on thid give-a-way beacause in 28 years of life…I have NEVER won anything…but a couple of bucks on a scratch-off ticket!

  9. I am keeping an eye out for large frames…this cork board is next on my list!!
    I love the burlap, too! Fingers crossed that I win…
    follower? check.
    linked back? check. {morethanwedeserve{dot}blogspot{dot}com}

  10. Hello Traci,

    I am a follower and I would love to be entered in your give-a-way! The magnet boards and bulletin board you created look great! I love the colors you used.

    ~ Tracy

  11. What a great idea to make your own customized magnets and push pins…very creative. Love your corkboard. Please enter me in your drawing…I'm a follower and I have posted your giveaway on my sidebar. Good luck to everyone.

  12. I love the magnet board! I really want to try your bulletin board, I've been trying to talk my husband into making me one, but now I can make one by myself! –Laura

  13. Hey Traci, I am a follower :) I am knew to the blogs, and I must say you are one of my favorites. You have a beautiful home. I want to say I am sorry for the loss of your Mom. I could not imagine losing my Mother. You describe your Mom just as I do mine. She will live on through you and your example. We have been blessed to have our Mothers as Godly examples for our lives. God bless you.

  14. Hello My Friend.

    These are so darn cute. I would love to be entered to win. I'm also a follower, but I can't commit to putting it on my blog. I'll try, but I have so manythings going on this wee, I'm not sure that I'll be able to post anything at all.

    Thanks so much for the opportunity to win!

  15. Wow, I love it, what a difference! I hope your boss appreciates all your hard work. Enter me in the giveaway and please…Stop by for a visit soon.

  16. Beautiful…you must have been reading my mind. I got the BD catalog in the mail yesterday and put both of these projects on my to do list. Love your blog, Enjoy the day!

  17. Hi Traci~
    I think about you often and hope you are doing okay!
    I love the board and have the perfect place for it thanks for doing another giveaway!
    I am a follower on your blog!

  18. You and your Mom had such a wonderful relationship..all my sympathy goes to you and your family. Thank you for this giveaway–you inspire me so much.

  19. Traci, what is great about your projects is that not only do they look great, but they are reasonable in price and seem like something that anyone can whip up.

    I hope you eventually describe how to make those magnet boards–they are so cute!

  20. Traci, I anxiously awate your new posts and ideas! I love the magnetic boards, ribbon and fabrics! You're the best at following through with your ideas! I hope I'm the recipient of the bulletin board…Sarah would LOVE to have it in her classroom!

  21. So cute! I'm just going to try and win anything you give away because it's all so cute. I'm a follower too!. And I'm going to try and post a link back from my blog. Love you, friend!


  22. Hi! I've been a follower for awhile now and I just love your talent for crafts. The bulletin boards are pretty enough to sell. Thanks for your blog, I really enjoy it. Take care.

  23. It's probably a good thing that the closest Hobby Lobby is 40 minutes away in Nicholasville, otherwise, I think that I would spend all my time and money there! These are so cute! Thanks for all the great ideas!

  24. Traci,

    I love these…what a great idea! I would love to try to make one, so thanks for including a tutorial.

    The burlap one for the giveaway is adorable and would look fabulous in my "work-in-progress" office redo! Please sign me up. I am a follower, too.

    Your tribute to your mom is so heartwarming! I am sure she was an amazing lady!

  25. Way too cute – love it!

    I'm a follower also so drop my name in twice – I love all your ideas and have you bookmarked all over the place – work, home, my blog! Can't wait to get in my new home and start incorporating some of your ideas in my new place!

    Thanks for such a fab giveaway!

  26. You did a fabulous job on everything!

    I would love to win this burlap beauty! It would go lovely in my office that I am trying to reorganize after moving.

    Such a chore for me, but this would definitely perk me up and get me going on finishing the room.

    Fall Hugs & Blessings,


  27. Great project – pick me to win!
    I also wanted to say…
    I love your blog, and I'm sorry you lost your mom. She sounded like an amazing lady.

  28. So cute!! I found your blog through Jessica at "Mommy Needs Coffee" … I've been reading through your blog for about an hour now and I've added it to the list of blogs I follow … love it! I loved reading your posts about your precious mother; so sorry for your recent loss but we can all see she left with you so much!

  29. Girl you constantly amaze me!

    I love how you are able to find items you like then proceed to make your own version at a fraction of the cost. AMAZING!

    love it, love it, love it.

  30. Oh, so cute!! I love that you made all of these things for wayyyy less! Awesome! I'm not a follower, but I do subscribe through googl reader. =)

  31. You are amazing! Your design's are way better than Ballard….and I'm not just saying that because I hope that I win. Yes, I am a follower too. Blessings to you!

  32. First, my thoughts and prayers are with you and your famiily. Your mother sounds like an inspiration and I'm very sorry for your loss.

    Great job on all of these pieces! They are gorgeous and now I want to go home and make some for my office…hopefully yours will be the first of my collection.

    I am a follower too. Have a blessed day!

  33. You could make the boards for Ballard Design! I miss my mother too. I feel closest to her when I'm hand-building with clay. She used a potter's wheel, which I'm not very good at.

  34. Traci,
    You've done it again! Wonderful project, love it! I've been a follower for sometime and your's is by far one of my favorites to follow! Much Thanks,, Dee Dee

  35. I am a follower!!!!I love all your ideas, you have me wanting to paint everything in my house black, just cant get my husband to agree yet, I love these boards! I would post this on my blog but I cant get any further than my picture, it is just to complicated, but I love looking at your ideas! Keep them coming

  36. Traci, I am a follower! Today I was so touched by your tribute to your Mom! Shine Traci shine! I would love to have a chance at winning your magnet board..or I will take what you've shared..and make one! No wonder you have named your blog "Beneath my Heart" for there is truly a shining light there…thanks for sharing it with us!

  37. Love the combo of burlap and magnet board! And thanks for the tip about using spray adhesive…it's always nice to learn what NOT to do as well as what to do. :) Thanks!

  38. I love how you are memory your mother in your blog and so sorry for your loss. I have been battling cancer for the last year and so thankful each day I am still able to be here. I love the giveaway so if you will put ime in..have been following your blog for quite some time..during treatment it gave me great pleasure

  39. I'm a follower, and I'm heading over now to post a link on my (currently lifeless) blog. Still, I want to win! :) –Lori

  40. I think your board looks very professional and would love to hang it in my home. I also wanted to tell you I enjoy your Wednesdays with Wanda.
    What a sweet tribute to your wonderful mom.

  41. I would so love this magnet board.
    (and I am definitely going to make a few.)

    Also, your posts about your Mom speak to me. I lost my Mom suddenly 6 years ago this week and she was the best grandparent ever. The pain is not quite as raw now, but not a day goes by that I don't think of her and miss her.

  42. I came across your blog and posted a comment last week as I was preparing the eulogy for my Dad's funeral. Your writings were comforting. I saw the post yesterday about the bulletin boards and bought the spray adhesive on my lunch hour yesterday. Don't know if I can make one, but I'm going to try.


  43. I came by to check and see how you are doing and found your giveaway! I thought I had already signed up to follow but evidently had not–so I did today. Hope all is well with you and thanks for the chance to win the cute board!

  44. Hi Traci…

    Oooh…I love all of your pretty memo boards! That was a great project…I love the little tacks that you made and also how you decorated the board with the pretty key!

    And…you are absolutely right about the burlap magnet board being too stinkin' cute!!! I love the looks of it and I have just the right place in my home for it…I've been a follower for a little while now! Thank you, my friend…this is a wonderful gift giveaway!!!

    Warmest wishes,
    Chari @Happpy To Design

  45. Very cute magnetic board! I'm looking forward to getting to know you through your blog.

    I've added you to my favorites, am following you and shared your give-away in a post on my blog.

    Thanks for sharing!

  46. Hi, I just recently found your blog and have been so touched by your writings. I will be praying for you and your family. Thank you so much for sharing your crafty-ness! You really inspire me! Tara

  47. Hey Traci! I have followed your blog for awhile and your love of the Lord is truly inspiring to me…seems you got it from a lovely lady who sits with Him now. I am driven to have a better relationship with my mom through your loss. Oh yeah – love the burlap board!

  48. Hey Traci! I love this magnet board! It is soo cute…so go ahead and enter me in! And I'm a follower and posted about this in my blog! Hope you are having a great week!

  49. Hi Traci! I am a follower of yours and you are on my top 3 blogs I follow! I love your creativity as well as your heart for the Lord. Thanks for having this giveaway of your adorable magnet board.

  50. You never cease to amaze me! Your projects are fantastic, and I always find myself feeling inspired after reading your blog. I am already a follower. I look forward to seeing what you come up with next!

  51. Traci, I can't remember if I put my name in the pot, but I'm also a follower. Would LOVE to win that cute board. Oh, I used some of that cork for the bottom of my tile coasters that I made and I love working with it! Linda

  52. I know you're not going to enter me but I do think it's very cute and you're incredibly talented. But you know if I decide I want one I would just buy it and not make a mess. Love you!!!

  53. I love the trio of magnet boards AND it would be the perfect thing to make as a Christmas gift for my SIL! Would you do a tutorial? Pretty Please?

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