Tutorial: How to make a design board

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I’ve seen this mostly in quilters homes and my Mom has one adhered to her wall that is much bigger than mine; but I live in a city where space is limited and rooms are small.  I made mine to be like a giant picture frame to lean against the wall or move it around as I please.

Step 1: Gather your supplies

*Foamular giant foam type sheet found at home depot)

*molding

*molding corners

*saw

*paint

*wood glue

*screws w/ “L” brackets

*staple gun

*batting

Step 2: Make sure your foamular is cut to the size you would like and cover it with the batting; using the staple gun along the edges.  I did mine 60″ by 45″.  I found it eaisest to do opposing sides instead of working my way around.  Because of the nature of batting, it won’t all be even, but as long as the front of the board is smooth it’ll be good.  I found that stapling every 5 or so inches was sufficient enough.

Step 3:  Use the wood glue to glue the molding corners to the molding.  Doing it this way means you don’t have to fuss with cutting diagonals.  Be sure to sand the edges so they fit together nicely.  I used duct tape to hold them in place and let them dry for 6 hours.  Once you have one side glued and dry; you can now glue the other side, forming the frame outline..

Step 4: Once all the glue is dry and you have your frame; put on the “L” brackets at each corner to help secure the corners, especially if you will be leaning it against the wall, it will need that extra support.

Step 5: Paint the giant frame any color you wish.
Step 6: Insert the foam/batting into the frame from the back, so that the batting edges stay tucked to the back.  I then used the staple gun to staple the frame to the foam. 

Step 7: Adhere board to the back, screw into place and enjoy your new design wall.  Adding a back will again strengthens the frame corners as well as allow you to put pressure on your design wall without popping it out of it’s frame.

If you have any questions about how to make this; please let me know.  This is my first tutorial (you can probably tell), but hopefully I will have the opportunity to do more and they will get better.  Contact me with questions at: mycreativepear{at}gmail{dot}com

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