How-To Make a GIANT Inspiration Board

February 26, 2013

Pinterest is a favorite for many (including me) who want to organize and keep their online inspiration in one place.

As a visual person though, I feel there is nothing like seeing and holding a picture in hand.  I still buy and subscribe to magazines.  I still tear out pictures and reference them when looking for inspiration.

Until recently, I didn’t have a “place”, a specific go-to spot, for all my collected loves.

I needed something! Thus the creation of my mega, giant, humongous, and amazing inspiration board…

HUGE, Giant Inspiration Board created by @Jenna_Burger, sasinteriors.net

I am in heaven.  This newly created inspiration board is not only functional, but the pictures that are displayed are gorgeous and make the space colorful and fun.

Here’s how I made it.

I started with these supplies:

  • MDF board (I used MDF because I had a large leftover piece from an old upholstered headboard.  A large thick piece of unwarped plywood could also be good for this project)
  • Fabric (I chose a neutral linen-like fabric which was $4/yd – I bought 3 yards)
  • Decorative Nailheads (I purchased them at Hobby Lobby for $2 for 50)
  • Sewing Machine
  • Screws and Anchors (I prefer plastic toggle drywall anchors – see below for a picture)
  • Painters Tape
  • Measuring Tape
  • Drill
  • Screwdriver
  • Level (optional, but very helpful)

1. I started off making sure the MDF board was the right size for the wall. The size was perfect, 3′-9″ X 4′-6″, and didn’t need to be cut.  If you’re using this tutorial as inspiration, you can create any size inspiration board that fits your space.

HUGE, Giant Inspiration Board created by @Jenna_Burger, sasinteriors.net

One of the biggest obstacles with making this GIANT Inspiration Board was the difficulty of hanging it.

No doubt, this size board is HEAVY!   Drilling through the board was out of the question because it is covered in fabric and hanging it from wire wouldn’t make the back flush with the wall, which is the look that I desired.

SOoooo…  Onto a different solution.  The basic idea that I came up with was to drill 3 holes into the back of the board that would hang on to 3 screws in the wall.

Let’s take a look at the step by step…

2. After determining and marking the height at which I wanted the board to hang, I layed the board face down so the back was exposed.  I took a piece of painters tape and added it to the back of the board making sure it was completely level with the top of the board.  The tape does not have to go from edge-to-edge, but I made sure each end was within 12″ of the side.

With a permanent marker, I marked three places on the tape – they do not have to be evenly spaced.

HUGE, Giant Inspiration Board created by @Jenna_Burger, sasinteriors.net

3. Using a drill, I carefully drilled about 3/4 of the way through the MDF back (I DID NOT go through to the front).

HUGE, Giant Inspiration Board created by @Jenna_Burger, sasinteriors.net

4. Once the 3 holes were drilled, I removed the piece of tape and put it on the wall at the height I had determined before.  Also I made sure to hang the tape so it was placed horizontally correct – my board is centered on the wall, but that might not be the case for your creation.  Be sure to hang it vertically (up and down) and horizontally (left and right) correct.

Something to watch out for…

A laser helps with this part, but if you don’t have one, measure down from the ceiling so that all 3 marks are at the same height.

Also, when the board was laying down, the marks went 1,2,3.  Now the marks will be 3,2,1 because of how the board will fit onto the wall.  It will make more sense once you’re in the midst of it.

HUGE, Giant Inspiration Board created by @Jenna_Burger, sasinteriors.net

5. Once the wall was marked with the three locations, I drilled the holes.  Then added plastic toggle drywall anchors (which hold mega weight) and then the screws.  These are like my all-time favorite anchors and screws!!

HUGE, Giant Inspiration Board created by @Jenna_Burger, sasinteriors.net

HUGE, Giant Inspiration Board created by @Jenna_Burger, sasinteriors.net

6. Once the screws were secure, it was time to put on the board.  It takes alittle time figuring where the holes meet the screws, but if you measure right and take your time (which thankfully we did), it should work perfectly and be level!

Unfortunately I don’t have a picture of us hanging the board since it was a 2-man job and the kiddos were already asleep (they are my backup photographers), but here’s the result (and part of the next step)…

It’s hanging + straight – YES!

HUGE, Giant Inspiration Board created by @Jenna_Burger, sasinteriors.net

Before hanging this bad-boy on the wall, I covered it in fabric.  I chose a loose natural linen-like cotton.  Because of the width of the board, I needed to piece the fabric together to make one large piece.  I ended up cutting and sewing 4 pieces of equal sized fabric.  The result was fairly good, but my lines were slightly wavey.  Toss it up to DIY, right?!

Anyway, to jazz up the board (and distract the eye from my wavy lines), I decided to use decorative nail head trim and follow the lines of the seams horizontally and vertically.

7. To start off, I used painters tape and made a level line from top to bottom and then from left to right following the seam.

HUGE, Giant Inspiration Board created by @Jenna_Burger, sasinteriors.net

8. On that edge of the tape, I hammered in the nails with a mallet (a hammer will do but sometimes the metal on metal ruins the nailheads), then removed the tape.

HUGE, Giant Inspiration Board created by @Jenna_Burger, sasinteriors.net

And now was the point of happiness!

I could finally fill up my inspiration board with all the things I love…

HUGE, Giant Inspiration Board created by @Jenna_Burger, sasinteriors.net

HUGE, Giant Inspiration Board created by @Jenna_Burger, sasinteriors.net

MDF board is not exactly like cork (obviously).  Pushpins aren’t as easy to push in, but with a bit of muscle and oomph, it works fine.  As an idea, a layer of cork could have been added to the front surface of the MDF before the fabric was wrapped around, to make it more “cushiony” and pinnable.  For me though, it works fine.

HUGE, Giant Inspiration Board created by @Jenna_Burger, sasinteriors.net

If you know me, I LOVE COLOR, and I have a favorite article pinned on my handmade GIANT inspiration board that I ripped out a recent issue of HGTV Magazine…

I adore the glittery gold disco ball.

HUGE, Giant Inspiration Board created by @Jenna_Burger, sasinteriors.net

Now I have lots and lots and lots of room to fill up.  I’m sure it won’t always look this clean.  I actually am in love with some of these other GIANT Inspiration Boards!

HUGE, Giant Inspiration Board created by @Jenna_Burger, sasinteriors.net

I hope you’re inspired by my new HUMONGOUS Inspiration Board!  I’m loving my new home office / family room.  Not only is it inspiring to work in this new space, but I really enjoy flipping through my favorite magazines and actually pinning them I.R.L.

Aside from Pinterest, how do you collect and organize inspirational things?

I link my projects to some of these parties: Skip to My Lou, Dittle Dattle, Between Naps on the Porch, Today’s Creative Blog, Stories of A to Z, All Things Heart & Home, House of Hepworths, Finding Fabulous, The Shabby Nest, Serenity Now, Tatertots and Jello, Thrifty Decor Chick, Tip Junkie


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Comments

  1. Thanks for the tutorial! I’ve been loving your idea for a giant inspiration board and was so looking forward to see how you made it! Great idea with the toggle anchors!
    Ellora @ Creatively Southern recently posted..Blog Design Tips

    • Thanks so much Ellora! Toggle anchors are my absolute favorite! Are you thinking about making a HUGE inspiration board?

  2. I love the giant inspiration board! It would give me a place to put all my magazine clippings of home interiors and crafts. Thanks for posting.
    Lauren @MomHomeGuide recently posted..How to Create a Raised Garden Bed

  3. Your post couldn’t have better timing – I want to create a huge board for my daughters’ play space and was wondering how I would do it since I’ve never seen cork boards that large. Thanks for the helpful tutorial – yours looks great!
    Kris {Driven by Décor} recently posted..House Hunting Update

  4. Hi there, this turned out so great! I have considered making one for my office but never knew what type of base to start with since I can’t find big enough corkboard, is it hard to push the pins into the MDF? Obviously, it is harder than corkboard but do you really have to strain to get the pins in? Thanks!

    PS: I love your curtains!

    • Sorry for the late reply. Yes, it is slightly harder to push the pins into MDF, but it’s not a huge strain. As an idea, use the MDF as a base, then get a roll of cork. Then use spray adhesive to secure the cork and then add the fabric over it. Just an idea. Having a huge inspiration board is fabulous!
      xo
      Jenna

  5. This really(!) inspired me…thanks :)

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