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Bulletin Board Frames

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Budget Tip of the Day: Foam Core Bulletin Board Frames

Here is yet another thrift store decorating tip using picture frames.  I always find myself picking up a few every time I go, so I am putting them to good use.  Today I decided to turn my frames into bulletin boards.  They are perfect for staying organized and keeping the counters clean in an office or kitchen space.  These are easy, cheap, and look so much cuter than any bulletin board you would find in a store.

Here are the supplies you will need to make these.

  • Picture Frame
  • Fabric
  • Foam Core
  • Spray Adhesive
  • Spray Paint

This is one of the frames I started with.  It cost me just $1.50 at the thrift store.

Spray paint your frames to match.  These are 3 completely different thrift store frames.  Don’t worry if your frames aren’t the same. They will look great grouped together if you paint them the same color.  I went with a classic white for these.

Pick up a piece of foam core from the craft store for just a couple dollars.  You can even find it at the dollar store.  I already had a bunch of fabric remnants from some old projects, so I used those.

Place the frame glass or backing on the foam core and trace around it.

Use a sharp blade or x-acto knife to cut the foam core.

After your pieces are cut, spray the entire surface liberally with spray adhesive and place your fabric on top.  Smooth it out as you go to make sure it is secure.

Cut any excess fabric off, leaving about a half inch or so around the edges.

Cut out each corner to eliminate extra bulk and bunching when you put it into the frame.

Place the foam core into the frame and you’re done.  With the fabric folded around the edges, it should have a snug fit.  You can replace the frame backing if you like.

Now hang your frames and get organized.  Aren’t these such a cute alternative to a plain old cork board?!  If you ever want to change the look, just use some different fabric to make another insert.  So easy.

Here are a few close ups.

Here is the price break down.

Frames: $1.50/each

Foam Core: $2.00

I already had paint, spray adhesive, and fabric.

Total cost for all three bulletin board frames: $6.50!

I am very happy with that price tag.

Come back tomorrow for another thrift store decorating idea.

I’m linking this one up to Made by You Mondays, Just Something I Whipped Up, C.R.A.F.T., The DIY Showoff, Make it For Monday, Metamorphosis Monday, It’s So Very Cheri, Transformation Thursday.


  1. Karen says:

    I love this idea, great tutorial – I think I’m going to feature this post on my blog!

  2. Kristi says:

    I love all of your tips ad tricks! You are amazing!!

  3. this looks great, and love your lamp!

  4. I always wondered if I could use foam instead of cork when making a bulletin board. You’re going to cover it anyway and cork is so expensive! Thanks for the tip, love how they turned out. :)


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