DIY Big Bulletin Board, on the cheap


A friend of mine in the East Bay had this fantastic giant bulletin board in her kitchen. It went the full length of the kitchen and was full of family mementos, notes, and other fun things. I was totally jealous.

I asked her how she did it, and she told me with ceiling tiles. I’ve been wanting my own since, and finally bought everything to give it a try. The entire cost for the project was $37. When I came home with a giant box of ceiling tiles (only $30!), Brent knew he was in for something fun.

I started with a long cut of fabric and decided to trace and paint my own map.

I did this several months back, and I’m sorry to say that it was dusk when I was tracing, with my giant map taped to my patio window with the fabric taped over it, as I tried to make out geographical lines. So this map may not be accurate enough to, say, make a flight plan by, but I loved the overall result.

Acrylic paint works great right on fabric, so I just went for it.

I picked up a case of ceiling tiles at Lowe’s (no luck at Home Depot). Each tile is about three-quarters of an inch thick.

While I was there I also picked out some lumber to make a frame, and had my handy Lowe’s associate cut it to shape for me.

I didn’t manage to snap pics of the rest of the process, but it was pretty straight forward.
1. We built the frame, then
2. Cut the ceiling tiles to fit inside.
3. We used drywall screws to screw the ceiling tiles right into the wall. Brent said we could have glued it for extra security, but I am a little of a commitment-phobe with my decorating.
4. Once the tiles were up, I stretched the fabric over the frame and stapled it down.
5. Then used a pair of frame hooks to hang the frame right over the ceiling tiles, and viola.

Now I’m wanting to pick out a pretty fabric to make one in my bedroom. I’m thinking a molding frame would be the perfect finish.

{ 6 comments… read them below or add one }

Connie H. September 30, 2011 at 1:09 am

Great idea. I might have to make a few of these. I wouldn’t have thought of using ceiling tiles. Thanks!


Andrea October 4, 2011 at 8:21 am

Oh! So lovely! I’ve been wanting to incorporate both a world map and a family bulletin board/organization centre into our lives – you’ve got both! Love it. Thanks for the inspiration.



reubenvision October 4, 2011 at 8:10 pm

that is so cool
~great job !


mer October 18, 2011 at 9:05 am

so great. totally in love with this.


Tanja October 27, 2011 at 1:23 pm

Hi … great DIY project … nice world map, but I have to ask – what happend to Scandinavia ?? Where is Denmark, and why is it attached to Sweden ? othervise it’s really cool …. :)


AmberLee October 27, 2011 at 8:51 pm

Hi Tanja,
Haha, Great question! ! I have a confession to make. When I had the brilliant idea to trace the map (I taped a world map to the window to trace), it was near dusk, and I had a lot to get through that night. So I kind of lost my geographical integrity. I actually wasn’t planning on putting it on the wall, I was just going to use it for a church unit, until I noticed how much I liked it when it was done. So I am actually planning to go back and make a replacement some time in broad daylight. So my children don’t grow up with misconceptions about denmark attached to sweeden : )


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