Adult Bulletin Board Ideas

Take your bulletin board beyond the boring cork-push pin-sticky note combination.

Frame It

A few simple design tricks can take your bulletin board beyond the usual cork, pins and sticky notes.A few simple design tricks can take your bulletin board beyond the usual cork, pins and sticky notes.
A few crafty design tricks can transform your board into a more adult accessory for your kitchen, office, bedroom or entrance way. Bulletin boards aren't just for kids anymore. Use yours as a mood board, an artistic way to hang jewelry or a place to organize small craft-making tools.
Add an antique frame, and your bulletin board is suddenly a piece of art.

One of the easiest ways to upgrade an existing bulletin board is to reframe it. These days, frames come in virtually every shape, size and color, and can be custom-cut to fit over your bulletin board. If you don't know how to manufacture a frame, have a professional framing shop handle that part. For something really special, keep an eye out for unique vintage or antique frames and have a piece of cork custom-cut to fit inside it.

Add Upholstery

Bold patterns or unique textures will inject any bulletin board with a touch of sophistication.

By covering your board in a fabric, you can turn the typical boring brown into brilliant and beautiful. Hand-printed fabrics are very trendy as of 2011, and it pays to look around until you find just the right one. Keep an eye out for bold patterns and interesting textures for a really refined touch. A solid fabric that is close to the color of the walls will create a subtle illusion of the board being part of the room, or use a pattern to pick up on the existing colors of the room. For a really polished look, combine the fabric with the framing idea above. This look makes a gorgeous center to hang a necklace collection.

Go Eclectic

For some DIY inspiration, turn your bulletin board into a collage. Start with a few things you love and keep adding onto the collection. Try to tie everything on the board together with a common theme, style or color. For example, display a mix of paper items that all have beautiful examples of typefaces, combine images and fabric swatches of the same color, or create a mood board of all things antique. The best part about this idea is the contents of the board can slowly change, or be completely overhauled to reflect the seasons, special occasions or whatever is catching your eye that week.

About the Author

Alana Armstrong started her writing career in 2005, covering street art and graffiti. She currently works as a freelance writer, photographer and artist in Toronto. Armstrong has a diploma in photojournalism from Sheridan College and a Bachelor of Fine Arts in photo media from the University of New South Wales.