Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Cute bulletin board

IKEA Tyst placemats

I wanted a very large cork bulletin board for my new workstation, but they are so ugly! Plus a large one is expensive. I bought these Tyst cork placemats which proved to be much cheaper ($10 for two 4-packs). And much cuter!

1. Paint the backside of the cork - I mixed colors to match a rug in the room. If you paint it first, you'll get a nice, clean, unpainted edge after the shapes are cut.

2. Use a computer to draw a shape, print it out, and used it as a pattern. Draw the pattern on the front side. BEWARE: the Tyst product description says it's 13x17 inches, but it's really 12.5x16.5! So be sure your shape will fit on the placemat.

3. Cut the shapes using an Xacto knife. Don't use scissors - they can leave the cork with a jagged edge.

4. Attach to the wall with adhesive tabs. Tip: If the tab won't stick to the cork, a piece of tape on the back of the cork will give a nice smooth spot for the tab to stick to.

~ LuluRoo, Sacramento, CA


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