Office Decor

Are you all curious about what I was going to make with THIS :

I have my desk and computer on my main living area so I can some times work while my baby plays. I’ve lived here for about seven months and have been staring at a wall with sticky notes on it. What a view, huh?

(Sorry for the complete mess and lack of lighting. I took this at night. Although it’s a mess, this is clean for me! :))

I thought and thought and thought and thought about what I needed and wanted to do. I came up with THIS!:

Office Decor - {The Ribbon Retreat Blog}Much better, huh?!

I knew that I needed something extra for my sticky notes and something pretty to look at. I had these cork board squares from college and figured why buy a new cork board when I can make my own frame out of ribbon and use the ones I have! Let me tell you, though, it was quite the adventure!

I got the beautiful, rich, Double Faced Satin in Brown.

At first, I wanted it to be exactly like a frame, with edges meeting at 45 degrees (or whatever it is). I sewed angled edges on all four strips.

It didn’t work out so well…

Do you love the crookedness of it!? Yeah, I didn’t either.

I am not the type of person that has to get something perfect, but it can’t look stupid. Since it was quite difficult to make my crooked frame, I decided to forgo the cute corners and just sewed the strips on top of each other making a square stitch on each corner.

To get the cork board pieces together, I used a hot glue gun. I put on the strip of satin in the middle after I was done. I covered up some glue that was sticking out in the middle.

I added some flowers to give it character. The brown flower was made using the same Double Faced Satin, and using the Flower Corsage tutorial on V & Co. I LOVE how it looks, and it is 100 times easier to make with a thicker ribbon. The other flower was bought at a craft store and I just cut off the stem in the back. Both flowers were pinned on the cork board, allowing me to use them as hair accessories or on my clothing; I love versatility.

Office Decor - {The Ribbon Retreat Blog}

Office Decor - {The Ribbon Retreat Blog}

Office Decor - {The Ribbon Retreat Blog}

If I had to do it all over again, I would probably get a thinner width of Double Faced Satin and just put it inside the cork board with no sewing. I think that any kind of ribbon would look great and help decorate any room. I actually was thinking how cute Ric Rac would look lining the inside of a cork board.

I got the idea for this flower art from Design Dazzle.

I knew it would go perfectly here, but it would look amazing anywhere in the house. I love the look of the square frame and searched and searched for one. I got this one at Hobby Lobby for 50% off. IKEA had a bunch of square frames that would work as well. I bought some scrapbook paper to go behind the flower. I bought the flower from a craft store and cut off the stem. I glued the paper on, then the flower onto the paper. It took me about 2 minutes start to finish. I LOVE it, and it matches the rest of the room beautifully!

Office Decor - {The Ribbon Retreat Blog}

Office Decor - {The Ribbon Retreat Blog}

What do you think? Which ribbon would you use to decorate cork board and which room would you use it in?

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  1. anne
    Posted July 23, 2010 at 2:53 am | Permalink

    woow..ur collection is gorgeous…i love everything and ur site is also v beautiful and has lots of useful stuff…

  2. Posted August 4, 2010 at 12:54 pm | Permalink

    Super stinkin cute! 🙂 🙂

  3. Nora
    Posted August 31, 2011 at 10:54 am | Permalink

    Looks great! I constantly look thru the “clearance & scrap” bin in the craft dept store. SO i find lots of things…i found a blanket edge fold over wrap that i think would look great around the cork…could even be used in other rooms depending on the colors/designs.

    • Shirley
      Posted August 31, 2011 at 12:40 pm | Permalink

      Oh yes that would be very pretty!

  4. hazynette
    Posted September 25, 2011 at 2:22 am | Permalink

    how did you make the flowers?

    • Shirley
      Posted September 25, 2011 at 2:39 pm | Permalink

      I made the petals out of ribbon individually and then hot glued together. The white flower I bought as is at a craft store. I am going to try to get a tutorial for the flower in the next month. 🙂

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