DIY French Bulletin Board {Easy Craft Idea}

October 9, 2013 10 Comments | Disclosure

Hey Y’all! Today I’m going to show you how to make this easy French Bulletin board. It is a great idea for a baby shower, or a project a group of teen girls could do.  It’s a fun decoration for any room in your house. I made mine for my craft room. I saw the owl fabric and fell in love with it and knew it would be perfect for my craft room.

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Here’s what you need to make your own:

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A Canvas {I used a 16×20 that I had leftover from when I bought 2 and made the bow board}

Fabric {enough to cover your canvas I used 1/2 yard}




Staple gun

needle & thread.

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First lay out your batting and trim the edges leaving enough to fold over the back

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Fold the edges of your batting over and staple it down on the back of the canvas. I put staples every 4-6 inches all around. Pull the batting tight so it lays flat. A regular stapler won’t work. Staple guns are pretty inexpensive and you will find all kinds of uses for it!

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If the staples don’t go all the way in, use a hammer to tap them down.

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Next lay down your fabric, leaving enough to fold over the back. Trim off the extra and save it for another project.

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Staple the fabric down every 4-6 inches.

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Now it is time to add the ribbon. I start by placing the ribbon diagonally down the canvas.

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Staple the ribbon down on the back.

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Continue placing the ribbon diagonally. I don’t measure, just eyeball it every few inches until it looked like I wanted it to. I used about 30 feet of ribbon. How much you need depends on how big of a canvas you are using.

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Now it is time to sew the buttons on. This part takes a little time, but is worth it. It really makes the bulletin board look better. I decided to go with white buttons because I had a lot of them on hand.

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Here it is hanging up with pictures on it. It gives me more motivation to actually print out some of the thousands of pictures I take! I love the pop of color it adds to my craft room.


  1. Hello, I’m making this for my daughter and had a question. When you sew the buttons on did you just sew them to the ribbon or to the fabric as well?

    • Not sure how she did hers, but when I made these a while back I sewed them through the ribbon, fabric and canvas, so it gives a spot to tuck the pictures into – good luck, they really are very pretty when they are finished

      • hi I love your simple step by step dyi board, just curious do I have to use the batting material or could I just staple the fabric right onto the canvas board?

        • You don’t have to use the batting if you don’t want to. I personally like the look the batting gives it. You could definitely just staple the material right onto the canvas.

  2. I’m looking for a project my crafty 9-year-old can make with just a little help. I’ve never used a staple gun – is it do-able for young hands? She would LOVE the power of that! Any additional tips to make it a success would be very welcome. Thanks 🙂

    • You have to give quite a bit of pressure for the staple gun. I’m not sure if little hands could do it. I’m sure if you helped her it would work though. Good luck!

      • Thanks for info! Turns out my dad has an electric one that will be easier for her. Looking forward to seeing her make this.

  3. How is the back finished off?

  4. This is the best version I’ve seen yet. Question: how is it hung?

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