From elementary school classrooms, to workplaces, to kitchens, bulletin boards are an organizational staple. Unfortunately, they're also often boring and messy - not a great combination.
That doesn't have to be the case, though. There are lots of ways to make your bulletin board
cute enough for public display - or to hide it.
When you're thinking about bulletin boards, take these factors into account:
Will it be front and center in the kitchen? In the family room
? Or better hidden?
Often, covering cork with pretty material is the simplest way to make a bulletin board presentable. Of course, fabric
isn't the only way to go - wine corks, ribbon and heavy paper are also good ways to dress up a bulletin board.
A fancy frame
can transform a boring bulletin board into a work of art.
We usually think of bulletin boards as boring rectangles - but they don't have to be. Cork is easily cut into a variety of shapes.
Once you've got a great bulletin board, you'll want to take care with it, too, and be choosy about how you hang stuff. Real Simple has some good ideas about planning and organizing a bulleting board - you can find them here
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