Pinboard Project 


Step-by-step guide


  • Base – this can be "ready-made" cork board, plywood or a stretched canvas (I will be demonstrating a cork board and a canvas)
  • Wadding or foam – buy from a fabric or haberdashery store.
  • 4 mtrs of elastic – this can be coloured, minimum 5mm wide, buy from fabric or haberdashery store
  • Thumb tacks
  • Staple gun
  • Glue gun
  • Picture hook - unless using a cork board which will come with one
  • Buttons to decorate
  • Fabric - old pillow case, duvet cover, old cloting, baby blanket

Cut a piece of wadding or foam the same size as your base and then cut a piece of fabric 5cm larger than your base.

Sandwich your foam or wadding between the fabric and base.  Using the staple gun stretch the fabric over your base and fix it to the back, placing the staples evenly around the base.  The best way to get it even is to staple the centre of each side first, stretching out the tension and then staple between these four until your cover is secure.  Try to be as neat at possible.

Cutting the elastic into six even strips, attach it evenly in stripes diagonally across the board to create a lattice.

Where the elastic crosses over each other either staple to the board or thumb tack, creating a "cushioned" look.

These staples or thumb tacks can be covered up with decorative buttons, attached using the glue gun.  Flip your pin board over and attach your picture hook if using.

Now you are ready to pin! Because we are using elastic we can pin 3D objects – toys, keepsakes etc.