Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Ribbon Inspriation Board Tutorial

This silver painted frame has been kicking around my basement for a while now. I have been wanting to make a vision/inspiration ribbon board for my studio, but I didn't want to go out and buy more "stuff". So this frame got a good scrubbing and about six coats of a creamy white milk paint that I had left over from another project. 

I cut a piece of foam core board to fit the inside of the frame and a
piece of quilt batting to measure just about 1/2" smaller than that
and a piece of a vintage wool blanket to measure 4" larger than the board.
You don't want the batting to overlap the board or else it won't fit
the frame.

Next I pulled in the corners and held them down with tape.

I then folded in the sides and I stiched up that mitered fold. You could glue it
but I didn't want too much glue on the back since I wanted to poke the needle through
to hold the buttons.

I did hot glue the ribbon, but only because I was not going to have enough to be
too generous with it. I bleached some vintage seam binding to get the color I wanted.

I then carefully poked holes in with this vintage hat pin.
EEEK! CAUTION: be mindful of where your hands are when poking.
I almost got a poke right thru my hand!

I placed a 1/2" button on the front..

and a 1/4" button on the back.

then tied a tight couple or knots on the front button.
I like to see the cut thread ends.

I am so happy with this...

I absolutely love all the textures going on here.

The finished project!

As you can see it will not take me long to fill this board with inspirations!