DIY {Do It Yourself} Friday: Ribbon Boards

Is it really 11PM and I’m just now putting together this post?!? Ugh. Yes. Wowsers, what a day its been. SO.TIRED. I just walked in the door from a long day of doing everything and anything you could imagine, so this is going to be quick. Thankfully I already had the pictures edited and ready to go. :)
If you follow my family blog, then perhaps you remember this post from so long ago. In that post, I talked about the many things I wanted to do make Evy’s room more little girl appropriate and not so baby-ish. I have accomplished several of them, even the little kitchen set, which she got for her birthday, but had not gotten a chance to make the ribbon board in the pictures I put up. In case you are super tired like me and just don’t feel like heading over to the family blog to see what I’m talking about, I’ll help you out. :) Here is are two of the pictures I put up saying I wanted a ribbon board like them to hold all Evy’s hair bows and clips. They are both from the Pottery Barn Kids website {who DOESN’T love PBK?!?} and you can purchase them HERE, if you don’t want to try to make one. :)
I really, really loved the colors of the one by the bed, but I liked the idea of a frame around it and thought instead of paying the $70-$100 for one from PBK I could get exactly what I wanted for much less price. I believe the total cost of this project went from $25-$30, although I did have some of the items hanging around that I didn’t need to buy, such as glue, etc. 
I started with a framed picture from the thrift store. I can’t say I loved this frame, but I went to the “expensive” thrift store on the good side of town and I wasn’t willing to pay the $15 for the prettier frames/pictures. The $8 I paid for this one was a stretch, in my opinion.

Start by taking the picture and glass out of the frame. If your frame has nails/staples in the sides, leave them they will help secure the ribbon board later.

Take the frame outside, lightly sand it and then paint color of choice. I did white, of course. :) The red frame I made a little something special which you’ll see about shortly. :)

Using the picture, lay it down on a piece of foam board and cut out using a xacto-knife and a straight edge. You could also turn the picture over and use that, if the picture is backed by hard enough cardboard and if you don’t want to use the ribbon board with push pins.

Lay your cut out foam board onto a layer of medium batting. Mine was thinner, so I doubled it up. Starting with one edge, spray a nice line of spray glue and tightly press one side down. Go to the other side and pull the batting tight so there are no bumps or creases and then glue that side. Make sure you look at the front and check for creases before you glue the last two sides. Pull the batting tight to get a nice smooth finish and then trim the edges nicely so the back is not too bulky.

Take a lightweight ironed piece of muslin and lay the foamboard covered with batting on top and repeat steps like you did with the batting.

You really want to double check for creases like I am doing here. It could ruin your finish product.

Lay out your ribbon…

And using straight pins, pin the cross sections in place to get the “pillow” look.

Then turn the foamboard over and start hot gluing the edges in place. Make sure you pay close attention that the ribbon is even. I messed up a little and got a bigger gap in the middle than what I would have liked.

Then using wire cutters, cut off the backs of the straight pins so you don’t get malled as you are hanging up your board! ha. 

Since I felt my back was kinda ugly, I covered it with contact paper, but you don’t have to do this. 

put you glued foamboard into the finished painted frame. I had to nail mine in as the staples there weren’t big enough to cover the foamboard.

Attach buttons. I laid them over the yellow push pins and glued right on with hot glue. If I was really crafty, I would have sewn them on, but who has that much time?!? sheesh.

Annnddd….wahla! My finish product. I distressed the frame a little with sandpaper before I hung it up. I think it looks pretty cute! Sorry, the lighting is HORRIBLE in this corner of Evy’s room and it was dark by the time I was able to get some pictures taken. :(

And with all her bows. Yay, they are finally neat and tidy!!!

My girl watching me organize before bed. I love her!!! Oh and that’s Evy’s Tree behind here, in case you were all wondering. :)
And because I love you all so much, I made a smaller one for you as a giveaway!! All you have to do is comment below and include YOUR EMAIL address so I can get in touch with you if you win. I will be choosing a winner next Thursday and will announce on next week’s DIYF. 

I think I even like this little one better than the big one, ha! :)
Oh, have you checked out Mique from 30 Handmade Day’s Pity Partys? They are pretty cool, I linked up!! :) Head on over and check them out!
Happy Friday all!
*Giveaway CLOSED*

36 thoughts on “DIY {Do It Yourself} Friday: Ribbon Boards

  1. 1
    KyrstenBarnes says:

    Cute! I really need one of those with all the flowers I have.

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    Jaime G says:

    OMGosh. Ella needs one BAD. I never thought of making our own though! Hmmm….


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    ClassyCreationsbyKristy says:

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  4. 4
    Amgilliam says:

    Adorable!! And I totally NEED one!! I am getting around to revamping some of Ella's old headbands and turning them into clips like A DIY you did a while back. Thanks for the inspiration!!

  5. 5
    Breanna and David says:

    Love! Love! Love!

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    Anonymous says:

    Love it!!! You are so crafty!!! I need one of these… and I know mine wouldn't come out that cute!!!

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    Sullivan's says:

    I love it! Amy, you amaze me! Would love to have it! :)


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    Henria O. says:

    Love it!
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    Audrey says:

    Such a crafty & cute project!

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    Summer says:

    Oh that is adorable! Is it bad that it is 1am and I want to get up and go make one? Lol!! To bad I don't have the stuff fir one.. darn. So cute!

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    felicia says:

    We definitely need one of these to organize all of the clippies my daughter is accumulating! It's adorable!

  13. 13
    Nicole says:

    That turned out great! Very impressive! I definitely need one to organize my daughters bows.

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  14. 14
    Chrystyna says:

    1) I love her tree!!!
    2) very cute project. Look at you finding your DIY mojo ;)
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    Bonny says:

    WOW! You cease to amaze me! I would love this!
    Me and the rest of your fans out there! :)
    Great work and creativity Amy !!!!

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    Bryony Sowers says:

    So cute Ame, I'm really proud of you! ;)

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    oh im crossing my fingers!!! even if i dont win, im totally making this for the girls.

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    Anon*RN says:

    Beautiful idea!! Love the colors too :)

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    Tiffany Meda says:

    So adorable..pregnant and expecting a baby girl…this would definetley look cute in her room!! Tiffany Meda

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    Anonymous says:

    I made one for my lil girls hairbows but I did the ribbon vertical. I used a staple gun. It was fun! Yours are much cuter than mine, but I figured since it was going to be covered with hairbows, does it really matter?! Lol.

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    Meredith says:

    Love this! I have been wanting to make one for Harlow, easier if I just won this one :) Thanks for sharing!

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    Anonymous says:

    This would look perfect in my Avery's room…we need it!

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    Donna says:

    This is awesome! Aurora has a growing collection of bows. Thanks for sharing!

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    SoShawna says:

    1. Seeing your house a bit 'messy' in the background of the pics. Looks like my house!
    2. That amazing picture you got at a thrift store. WOW that is wonderful. Please tell me you saved it to use elsewhere…lol…
    3. The slight imperfection of the board, in that the ribbons are a bit wider down the middle. I love it. Sadly this is how a lot of my projects turn out but Michelle always reminds me that at LEAST the project is actually DONE which is better than it just being PLANNED.
    4. Oh yes, and the boards are wonderful and I want to do this for my girls when I get a chance.


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    megandart says:

    So cute! I so wish I had a pinch of your creative juices!

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    Anonymous says:

    Love it!!! And Im loving the DIY fridays!!!! Cant wait to find the time to do this one!!! :)


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    Mz. Jay says:

    Thanks for sharing DIY tips and ideas!!!

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    Super cute idea!

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