DIY French Bulletin Board {Easy Craft Idea}

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.


  • Amanda

    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?

    • Stacey

      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

      • jasmine

        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?

        • Marji

          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.

  • Marla

    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 🙂

    • Marji

      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!

      • Marla

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

  • JoAnn

    How is the back finished off?

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