A DIY Inspiration Board

I joined Young House Love and Bower Power’s Pinterest Challenge last week and I have finally completed my FIRST “I-really-wanna-do-this-cool-idea-I-saw-on-Pinterest” project.

I have been “pinning”, or saving/filing away for a rainy day for you non-pinners, different kinds of inspiration boards for quite some time now.

I knew that I wanted it to be fairly big and easily changeable so it would transform itself over and over again. I didn’t want it to be a static bulletin board of pretty things, but a constantly changing source of inspiration – be it a postcard, take-out menu or snapshot from a recent trip.

I had gotten this old canvas frame off the curb a few years ago. It was originally a huge rainbow print for a little kid’s room, but that got tossed immediately. I had some crazy pink batik fabric stretched over it to decorate my first apartment, but since then it has been sitting around in my “stuff-to-DIY-someday” pile.

First I took the frame outside and I painted it white. (This is one of those projects you can use up the rest of those “paint sample” jars you buy when picking out paint colors… this was Valspar Dove White. A trim color reject.)

For the inside of the frame there were MANY options. I thought about criss-crossing ribbons. I thought about adding chicken wire. I even considered ditching my original project and mounting the frame and putting hooks on the wall inside of the frame for jewelry instead.

In the end I decided I wanted to go for a “floaty” inspiration board look.

I marked out where I wanted to put the strings every 6 inches (because most photos/postcards aren’t taller than that). Then I took pushpins and put them on the spots that I marked.

I used pushpins instead of nails because I wanted the frame to lie flat against the wall. I was also pretty sure that if I had little nailheads sticking up it was going to scratch up my walls when I was moving the board around adding or removing pieces. (Sorry, no in-process pics. My hands were occupied.)

Then I took some fishing line. Always have fishing line. It comes in handy during the most random projects.

I tied it around the bottom right pin and then firmly pushed the pin in as far as could go. Then I snaked the fishing line around the remaining pushpins (across, up, across, up, so on). I tied it firmly around the final pin and cut the remainder off. I did this to avoid having to tie them on every pin, which would also work.

Then I got a handful of mini silver binder-clips (from the Target dollar spot!) and used these to attach my “inspiration pieces”. As you can see, the clips aren’t actually clipping on to the fishing line at all. They are hanging on them so they look like they are floating!

I propped it up against the wall in my office (yes, that’s a new paint color you haven’t seen. I am quite behind on sharing progress here. But it’s summer! Who has time to blog when you can waterski and eat popsicles?) I also leaning it at an angle so the pieces can “swing” a little bit instead of being pinned right to the wall.

It’s a clothesline for ideas.

I am considering adding some doo-dads to the frame (ribbon rosettes? letter cut-outs?) but I leaning towards leaving it as is. I like the simple geometric features the frame already has. The best part about DIY projects is that they are never really finished.

Ahhh, I feel inspired already.

And the best part is I didn’t have to spend a dime. I already had the paint, pushpins, fishing line and clips at home.

Have you done any Pinterest-inspired projects lately?

6 thoughts on “A DIY Inspiration Board

  1. Alli

    Love the picture at the top left 😉

    My roomie Tara has one of these and hangs her wedding invites and save-the-dates on it… those things rotate on there faster than you would believe! Ah living in our twenties…

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