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Pin-Up Girl

Digital media and Web resources such as Pinterest have revolutionized the way we collect, archive, and share our ideas. Call me old fashioned, but I still appreciate having a physical spot to gather snippets of my favorite things in life, as well as inspiration for personal projects.

I'd been admiring some gorgeous linen pinboards from Restoration Hardware, Horchow, and Pottery Barn for quite some time, but their outrageous price tags had kept me at bay. After stalking them for months without encountering any decent promotions, I decided to roll up my sleeves and make my own. Here's how it all went down!

Since l had a rather large pinboard in mind, I needed a lightweight foundation that could easily be mounted and secured to the wall over my desk. I scored a jumbo 36" x 48" gallery wrapped canvas at Michaels, which was a steal at 40% off (Hooray for couponing!), along with two cork rolls, tacky glue, and some D-ring hardware.

I picked up a yard and a half of écru linen at Mood. I absolutely adore the clean look of raw, unbleached linen - it creates a classic and perfectly neutral backdrop for the assortment of elements that will eventually be pinned to this board.

With the canvas placed facedown on the floor, I started by gluing the cork to its backside. I chose tacky glue as my adhesive since it offers a gummy bond after it dries and will accomodate pushpins nicely. It's like wallpapering - make sure you get an even layer of glue, match up your lines, and press down. Tacky glue is pretty forgiving, so if you need to make any adjustments, all you have to do is gently peel the cork up, reposition, and press.

I used a bunch of heavy books (and a puppy) to keep the cork anchored flat as the glue dried for two hours.

After ironing all the wrinkles out of the linen (Thank you, Chris!!), I laid the canvas on top of the fabric and traced/cut a 3" margin around the perimeter. Next, using the fabric's straight edge to ensure that its weave lines were aligned at the borders, I carefully wrapped and stapled the linen around the wooden frame. I opted to reverse the usual "hospital bed" tucking at the joints to create streamlined, yet interesting corners.

Lastly, I attached hanging hardware to the wooden frame. I used three D-ring hangers in order to support the colossal size of my board. Smaller boards would probably only require two hangers.

Voilà! I now have a lovely & splendidly enormous pinboard! I can't wait to dress it up with beautiful mementos, swatches, and muses. This was an incredibly simple project, and I'd highly recommend it for anybody looking to add a some affordable and functional flair to their walls.

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Reader Comments (11)

WOW looks great!! and probably only a 1/4 of the cost compared to the RH version. Make and sell~ I'd totally buy one.. friend di$count? >=)

PS. wonkie so cute. he's like a 5 lb paper weight. lol

April 3, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterShampoo47

Gorgeous!!! Not only does your pinboard look fantastic, I really really like your whole desk corner set up. Great job, Jenn!

April 3, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAnnie

First of all, I envy your workspace the purple with the sciency stuff and the deer head! LOVEEEEE. Second, which should have been first, I LOVE WONKA. My little loaf of bread. I always knew you were talented, so you creating this is not surprising to me, and I want to say thank you for sharing! I love when you do these segments cause it makes me feel like oh, with some guidance from Jenn maybe I can do cool stuff too. Keep up the good work!

April 3, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJess

looks so good! make me oneeeeee!!!! :)

April 3, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterkathy

it must have been a really long time since the last time i was over, cuz that room looks completely different from what i remember! =P i can picture you standing on the desk pinning things up here and there, haha.

April 3, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterann

What a great idea! You're so creative Jenn - Martha definitely chose the right girl for her team!!! =D

April 3, 2012 | Unregistered Commentertina

super cool :) i've been wanting to get a pinboard for awhile, but they never seemed like the right size or style. this is a cool way to customize. thanks for the tut!

April 3, 2012 | Unregistered Commenternina

I'm so envy about your home office. It's very chic and classy just like you. It looks like it was done by a pro. You should become an interior decorator. I'm not a purple person but when I saw your wall color, it's very bold and clever. You just inspired me to re-do our home office. Great Job, Girl! Love it!

ahhh!!! wonki is so cute!!!!!!

April 3, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterreba

As always...enjoyed your post! And glad to hear that Chris helped! He's such a sweetie ;)

April 4, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAnne Gong

You really did a great job! I loved it! By the way is your puppy a yorkshire?

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