DIY Framed Inspiration Board

30 Nov

Oh, how I love an inspiration board. Maybe this is why Pinterest and I are such besties.

But there’s something about having your favorite pictures, quotes and colors right there in front of you, on paper.

When I created my home office (still very much a work in progress), one of the things I knew I wanted was a an inspiration board that I could add to from time to time. And I wanted the board itself to be pretty, because is anyone really inspired by a standard-issue bulletin board? Um, no.

I was inspired to create one of my own after seeing this framed board on the Ballard Designs website:

ballard designs board

More than $100 for a bulletin board? I planned on pinning lavish dreams to the board, not having a board that was a lavish dream itself.

I purchased this 16 x 20 barn wood frame from Michael’s for 40 percent off. (Don’t ever buy anything full-price at Michael’s – it all goes on sale every couple of weeks. And if you sign up for email, you’ll get a coupon every couple of weeks.)

Then I bought a cork roll (does that sound like a dance to anyone else?) from You can find cork at any craft store. If you buy it thin, be sure to buy enough to double it up so your push pins will stay put.

cork roll

The party hit of 2011

To make my inspiration board, I popped the glass out of the frame, cut the cork to size and hot glued it to the frame backing. I let it sit for a couple of hours with some heavy books on top to be sure it stuck before I put it in the frame. (This project was all kinds of analog.)

DIY Cork Board

There’s the almost finished project. Almost finished because it’s empty. And that would mean I have found no inspiration. And that would be sad.

Here’s the board as it sits on my desk today.

Inspiration Board

If you look closely, you’ll find a hint to my next DIY project.

The “Live What You Love” print is from the Etsy shop HeartFish Press. She does some great letterpress work.

The content of the board will be rotated as I find new pretty things to look at.

Do you have an inspiration board? Or is Pinterest your one and only? What have you re-made from a catalog?

3 Responses to “DIY Framed Inspiration Board”

  1. Organized Living Essentials August 17, 2012 at 12:58 pm #

    I love this idea! Simple, easy to make, functional and it looks great! I also love your writing style! Very positive and it is as if you are having a one-to-one conversation with your readers. Thanks!

    • Katie August 21, 2012 at 9:16 am #

      You are so sweet! Thank you!


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