DIY Bulletin Board

So I recently moved into a new role at work… and with a new role often comes a new office! I have switched over from the Lower School into the Middle and High School. A lot of people have asked me whether this is a positive change. I am still figuring that out. All I know is that I certainly needed a change from the work I was doing, so hopefully this proves to be a change for the better. So in addition to learning a new curriculum, meeting new students and finding my way around a new (and HUGE) building, I also moved into a new office.

While the office is very nice, it was seriously lacking in the furniture department. I spent the first week in my new role scouring the building for furniture that I could claim for my office. I ended up stealing an unused bookshelf from the library, a filing cabinet from an area intended for administrative office that is currently empty, chairs and a side table from the Admissions waiting area that is the floor above my office (don’t even get me started on  that one) and a bulletin board from who knows where. My 10 x 10 foot space is certainly starting to come together.

 The bulletin board is a very nice size, but I have a problem. I wanted to snaz it up a bit (either by covering it with fabric or ribbons) but it was drilled into my wall before I had a change to get my hands on it. So now, I have a large bulletin board that is hung on my wall and I am not sure how to “martha-ize” it.


Anyone have any good suggestions as to how I can achieve something similar to these without taking the whole bulletin board down? The best idea I could come up with was to paint the entire thing and then mod-podge some fabric onto it (e.g. cut out flowers or a design from the fabric). Anyone have anything else???

DIY – Pencil Container

When I originally started my blog, I thought that the majority of posts would resemble Martha Stewart’s blog, detailing all of the wonderful things I had made using a hot glue gun. Unfortunately, I haven’t had the time, or the motivation, to come up with too many creative projects. But that is about to change!

My craft nook is just about complete. Last night, after pathetically whining to Matt, he hung up some homemade bulletin boards and shelving that just about completed my craft area. The last thing I need to do is exchange the chair I bought at Ikea for one that actually fits under the desk. When I purchased all of the materials a while back to build my craft desk, I bought the wrong height chair and haven’t been able to make it back to Ikea to exchange it. Once that is done, I will post pictures of my new arts and craft home. I am confident that with the right space, my inspiration will start flowing!

Last night, as I started to organize my desk, I realized that I needed somewhere to store my markers and pencils. Instead of buying something that was much more expensive than it needed to be, I decided that I would make something, saving money and giving me ammo for today’s post (god I love to multi-task!)

Since being “green” is the new thing and Earth Day was celebrated last week, I decided to create my pencil container out of an old soup can. I took some decorative paper (you can find at any craft store – I got my from Michaels), cut it to the appropriate height and length of the can, and used Mod Podge to glue it to the can. Pretty simple, right?

Mod Podge was first introduced into my crafting “tool box” during an evening of volunteering at the hospital. The Child Life Specialists and Art Therapists who work with the children and run the activities use this stuff on a daily basis. I swear, it is prescribed as a treatment more often that any other medicine in the hospital! 

Mod Podge is a type of glue that has a consistancy of paint and the strength of super glue. After painting it on both the can and the top of the paper, you are left with a smooth, hard and set product. You can use this on a variety of materials and the result is nearly always flawless, and more importantly, permanent. I have used it with tissue paper collages, wooden picture frames and tiles (much easier than grouting). Mod Podge comes in various finishes from matte to shiny to glitter.

You can do this project with various sized containers made out of pretty much any material. With a bottle of mod podge, the possibilities are endless.