Working from home means I spend a LOT of time in my home office. I always try to keep the space neat and clean so I feel inspired, not bogged down by mess. During our renovation, I painted the walls white (Extra White by SW) and it has made a gloriously well lit backdrop for my photography! However, all of those white walls left me feeling a little ‘meh’ at times. My solution? A DIY oversized inspiration pinboard!
I had one empty wall that felt like the perfect blank slate for something oversized. I started researching pretty pin boards and realized that, of course, all the ones I loved were crazy expensive. So I shifted my search and started looking up DIY tutorials. It seemed easy enough, and boy was I right. This DIY project is super fast and you get a ton of bang for your buck!
DIY OVERSIZED INSPIRATION PINBOARD TUTORIAL
Estimated time to complete: 1 hour.
- Foam insulation board. I got mine in the building supplies section of Home Depot. It came in an 8’x4′ sheet and is super lightweight. And CHEAP.
- Painter’s cloth. I used this as my fabric cover because it’s cheap, durable, and big enough to be seamless. Purchased at Home Depot in the paint supplies section.
- Staple gun
- Thumb tacks. They come in a variety of styles and finishes, and I got mine on Amazon. Below are a few of the pretty options I found.
- Nails and a hammer
- Pins or tacks for hanging things. Below are what I used and a few other favorites.
- Measure your wall and determine how big you want your board. I made mine 4’x5′. It’s HUGE but I can still reach the top to pin stuff.
- Trim the foam board to size. I only had to make one cut here so it was super easy. I took my measuring tape and drew little dots along the path I wanted to cut to ensure I had a perfectly squared, straight line. Then I used our large level (you can use any straight edge) to connect the dots and create my cut line. After that I used our box cutter to slice it. I read somewhere that raw insulation board can give you the same ‘itchy’ feeling as when you touch the fluffy insulation, so be careful!
- Trim the fabric to size. My painter’s cloth came all folded up in a bag, so before anything else I had to iron the heck out of it. Once it’s ironed and ready, place the (trimmed) board on top and then trim the fabric to have about 6 inches to spare on each side. I lined my board up in one corner to minimize the number of cuts.
- Attach the fabric to the board. After checking that the fabric was totally smoothed out under the board, I folded one of the long sides up, around the back of the board, and stapled it into place. I then went around the board doing the same thing with the other sides, taking extra care that the corners were smooth and sharp. The staples will pull up if you tug hard (they’re only sticking in to foam after all) so be gentle as you align the fabric.
- Finish the front with tacks. Starting in one corner, I placed each of my tacks 1″ from the side and 2″ apart. I had to adjust the spacing a teeny bit at each corner to look even but I don’t think anyone will notice!
- Grab a helper and hang your board! Since we’re talking oversized, this part you definitely want an extra set of hands on. David held up the board to the wall and I stepped back to check that I liked the placement on the wall. Then, we removed the corner and middle tacks (8 total) and he hammered in the nails right in their spot. They totally blend in! If your board is larger than mine (or you’ll be hanging heavy things on it) I suggest adding a couple of nails in the middle. It’ll keep the foam from bowing off the wall.
- Decorate! This step took me three times what the previous six did. To decorate, I started with my main focal pieces (the large prints and swatches), and then filled in around them. Make sure you balance things evenly (ex: the dark navy pieces are spread out and patterns/text are evenly spaced) but other than that – there’s no rules with how you find inspiration! I prefer clean lines, so everything is lined up and spaced out relatively even. I still have some more spots to fill, but I’m pretty impressed with how much stuff I already had at hand!
INSPO BOARD ITEM SOURCES
Starting at the top (and then working left to right), here is where I found everything on my DIY oversized inspiration pinboard.
- RSVP card – my wedding invite suite, designed by me.
- Navy striped fabric swatch – Serena & Lily
- Happiness Is…’ gold foil print – vintage Emily Ley
- Gray magazine cutout – Anthropologie‘s winter 2016 catalog (I found so much inspiration in the layout of those spreads!)
- Navy medallion wallpaper swatch – Serena & Lily
- Pineapple coaster – vintage Emily Ley
- All colored/patterned swatch cards – Designed by me to match our EL brand colors and printed via moo.com. Use this link for 20% off your order!
- Pineapple wallpaper sample – Rifle Paper Co.
- Grace, Not Perfection gold foil print – Emily Ley
- Love Your Season gold foil print – Emily Ley
- Navy fabric swatch – Serena & Lily
- White gold foil business card – my business cards, a gift from my boss
- Greenery lined envelope + vellum envelope – my wedding stationery. For full details visit this blog post.
- My custom wedding map – designed by Fresh Cut Prints
- Gold typography square – a little tidbit of marketing materials from Kendra Scott
- Instax polaroid photos – You can buy an Instax Mini here, and I’ve found the cheapest film here.
- ‘Reserved’ sign – hand lettered and then laser cut by Delovely Details
- Navy pineapple print – Laura Dro
- Buffalo check fabric swatch – Serena & Lily
- Square photos (all throughout) – Artifact Uprising (get $10 off your first purchase with code QSL478P)
- Black/white card – Our Christmas card from Minted last year
- Do What Matters navy print – Emily Ley
- For What Matters Most navy booklet – comes with every Simplified Planner, a beautifully designed little set-up guide.
- Blue lettered envelope – custom by A Fabulous Fete
- Navy/white fabric swatch – Serena & Lily
- YAY coaster – vintage Emily Ley
- The Joy Is In The Journey – Emily Ley
- Chambray fabric swatch – Serena & Lily
- Gold stripe coaster – vintage Emily Ley
- EL postcard – I designed for our Simplified Planner influencers this year
And that’s everything! I would be so, so grateful if you could share/pin this post so others can find it! Just use the buttons below.
p.s. Post a photo of your own DIY oversized inspiration pinboard and tag me on Instagram – I’d love to see it!