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