DIY Home: Easy-to-Assemble Homasote Bulletin Boards

by Landis Carey on April 12, 2011

In need of several bulletin boards for our craft room/office and determined not to spend a fortune, I was on a mission. So after reading here and there, I learned about a product called Homasote board that can be purchased at your local Home Depot. The raw material is pictured below. It’s pressed from recycled materials and often used as a sound barrier. It’s sturdier than cork but easily tacked with pushpins. It was a great solution and super easy to work with.

Homasote board is sold in sheets of 4′ by 8′, so have it cut at the time of purchase, before taking it home. Home Depot will make up to 2 cuts for free and a 4′ by 8′ board cost $24.90 at our local store. Here is a listing of retailers that sell Homasote.

What You Need

  • Tools: Iron, fabric scissors, staple gun
  • Materials: Homasote board, fabric, 1/4″ staples

Instructions

  1. At the time of purchase, have your Homasote board cut to your desired specifications.
  2. Wash and iron your fabric.
  3. Trim fabric to the appropriate length and width for your Homasote board by leaving 3″ around each edge so you can easily wrap and staple it.
  4. Using your staple gun and 1/4″ staples, wrap and tack the fabric to one end of the board, working from left to right. Pull the fabric tight and avoid any puckering.
  5. Instead of moving clockwise around the board after you finish securing Side 1, move to the opposite edge and tack the fabric to the board, working from left to right. Pull the fabric tight, making sure there is no slack underneath the board.
  6. Repeat Step 4 and Step 5 on two remaining opposite edges. Begin at the left corner by folding your fabric under (as seen below), staple and continue.

It’s a relatively simple project and being organized before you begin is important. Know what size you want your Homasote board cut to, making sure it’s not wider or longer than your fabric.

About fabric. I chose burlap because it’s inexpensive, giving and friendly and you can’t see where it’s been tacked. If you choose a more finished fabric or tighter weave, realize you may see pin holes where you tack and re-tack. Just a thought to keep in mind when choosing your materials.

Besides being useful in an office and craft room, I can see these boards in a child’s room displaying their artwork or in a kitchen near your to-do list.

Questions? Comments? Suggestions? Let me know!

(Images: Landis Carey)

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Deborah July 1, 2012 at 9:40 pm

How did you hang/mount your homasote bulletin boards on the wall?

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Landis Carey July 6, 2012 at 3:32 pm

Hi Deborah. I actually didn’t hang the homasote boards — they are in a space where they sit on a credenza and lean onto the wall. However, the third one we constructed was inserted into an old picture frame that already had the hardware for hanging. Hope this helps!

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