Thursday, December 3, 2009

A Great Idea--Picture Display

I love to look at bulletin boards, the kind that people hang in their homes and thumbtack all their pictures of family and friends onto. This was mine.
Pretty pathetic, huh? I indicate the actual bulletin board, not the images on it! I had tried to make a French memo board when Jason and I were first married, using ribbon remnants from our wedding bulletins. Nine years later, it had lost the ribbons, but was still not looking great. To spite it, I refused to change my pictures from last year's Christmas greetings. So my poor friends and family were either suffering allergies from dust build-up or suffocating in a plastic baggie in my junk cupboard. (Pardon my blurry pictures! I work best at night, after the kids are in bed.)

Enter idea. Jason's cousin Lynette repurposed a crib rail from a junked crib. She hung it on her wall, strung ribbons on it and taped up pictures for a modern take on the ol' bulletin board. Knowing how I like crazy salvaging projects, she gave me the other three sides of the crib. Side note: I have also received a whole bag full of (new) mismatched socks from her. Hmmm....

Jason cut down the crib rail for me, since it was too long for my wall. I got out the trusty black spray paint! I always love an excuse to spray paint. Since I didn't have great ribbon on hand, I carefully measured, cut and ironed some stash fabric from IKEA.
The finished product! Just in time for Christmas this year.
Any good ideas for displaying Christmas cards?

12 comments:

Deb said...

I have no good method for displaying pictures or cards but you just might inspire me. Great creative re-use!

Melissa said...

awesome! first of all, i DEF need to acquire a stash of ikea fabric. second, i need to acquire the motivation to both start AND finish a project. i wanna try this!

maren said...

I love reading your blogs! Fun and creative! You're a great cake decorator, too!

wanita said...

for real! i just ripped a girly squeal when i saw the 'after' pic!!! i love it! i just redid my wall where i hang the children's art and moved all my 'info center' stuff to a corner on the floor til the creative juices flowed again. i really wanted to do something w/ fabric, this is a great idea. awesome!

Jen Bontrager said...

Oh my gum! That's awesome!

Sabrina said...

Wow, that looks great! I have no suggestions for cards. If you come up with something pass it on.

Ann Marie said...

Love it! I really want to see your house some time. Maybe you should post some shots of your various rooms sometime for people like me who have never been there.

sherri said...

Very chic, very creative, very you! Love it! Great job once again, Joyce.

Karla said...

Okay, you are officially amazing! :)

heather said...

Very awesome idea Joyce. I love that idea. Your mom's board catches my eye everytime I walk in her house. :)

WOW!! We made the new updated ikea cool fabric print board. :) I saw our little family on there.

My solution for christmas cards was an idea borrowed from a friend about 6 years ago. Take wide grossgrain ribbon and thumb tack a 6-7 foot piece on the wall. IF you want to get really crafty you could tie a decrative knot at the top and place it over the tack. Then go to walmart's craft section and get their tiny clothespins and clothespin the cards and christmas pictures to the ribbon. :) If you look at my past blog entries I think you'll find a picture. Look at the date Dec. 12, 2008

Whoz Your Doula said...

okay that is so awesome. I have to steal that!

Lynette said...

Hey, Joyce -- I just now see Heather's Christmas Card thing -- after the fact, but I use that hairy, twiny stuff (name escaping me now), real clothespins, and tie it in a bow with one long "tail." I had mine hanging from that rail on the cubby above my dragon cage in the dining room. They freely swing, so you don't see the fronts of all of them at once, but I love it. VERY easy to add pics/cards as they come, no falling off, etc.

BTW, your bulletin board looks better than mine, but hey -- is not imitation the most sincere form of flattery? ;)