diy project: hannah’s salvaged wood inspiration board

for me, there’s nothing more inspiring than a large blank canvas; something about staring at a two dimensional surface full of possibilities makes me ache with happiness. i know that space is a constant issue for many of us, but when it comes to inspiration boards i say bigger is always better. hannah found this frame outside a dumpster; it was originally the end (or arm) of a day bed, which explains its size. she purchased old fabric at goodwill and after a couple hours of work and a very small investment, she now has the most amazing inspiration board hanging on the wall of her bedroom! i particularly love the unique shape of this board; further proof that imagination can make magic out of almost any dumpster find. you can see hannah’s design and photography work (which this board will certainly come in handy for in the future) on her portfolio site. well done, hannah! –kate

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1. wood frame (picture frame, bed frame, any wood shape of any size!)

2. fabric (enough to cover the frame. hannah used an old white bed sheet and an old curtain for the base and top layer, respectively. )

3. scissors

4. white paint and brush (painting the wood white prevents it from showing through light or sheer fabrics)

5. staple gun

6. hemp twine


1. paint the wood white to prevent it from showing through the fabric. let it dry completely.

2. lay the frame front side facing down on the backside of the first layer of fabric. cut around the frame, leaving a couple inches of extra fabric all the way around. working around the frame, stretch the fabric tightly around the edges and staple to the back of the frame.

3. repeat step 2 with the second layer of fabric.

4. cut lengths of twine that are a few inches longer than the width of the frame. hang them across the front of the frame in a pattern you like, then staple them to the backside of the frame to secure them. make them tight but not super tight, as they will give a bit when you add weight to them.

5. hang your board and start getting inspired!

  1. MayDae says:

    That is INCREDIBLE!! I love this idea, and the unique shape too! And, I have that exact same red Cosco high chair that is in the first photo:) Always so great to feel a connection to someone else through their creativity!

  2. LOVE IT!! from the shape of the wood to the idea…incredible…truly is inspiring

  3. Stephanie says:

    LOVE this. Can’t wait to make one of my own!

  4. Sing says:

    So cool, i love it.

  5. I have NO idea why that’s so beautiful, but it is!

  6. Victoria says:

    Love this! Love the simplicity and utter coolness!

  7. Marci says:

    I love the little kitty cat watching over things in the image that goes with step two!

  8. Olivia says:

    loving this!! Great idea!!

  9. Sandra says:

    I’m absolutely trying that!

  10. Linda says:

    Beautiful! Love the organic shape.
    Brilliant idea to make this frame into
    a bulletin board in this way. Very Striking.

  11. brittany says:

    I have a collection of frames just waiting for this! Maybe I’ll try a little grouping for some art for the living room?!

  12. hailey says:

    This is so neat! I will have to try this!

  13. helena says:

    I love the shape and dont forget the red chair!

  14. nikki says:

    where can i find those tiny clothespins??

    1. grace says:


      michaels’ craft stores sell them- i’ve gotten some there before.


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  16. Dina says:

    Wow, very nice idea, thank you! Thank you for the info where to get small pins. Now I need to go to Michaels :)

  17. jessica ann says:

    Love this idea, I’ve been hanging things on twine/yarn for years, but never thought of creating a frame for it to really give the collection of hanging items more visual punch. What a great way to showcase my small art collection. I’ll be looking for an interesting piece of wood to start a similar project. Thanks for the great idea.

  18. Klara says:

    I´m smitten with it´s shape. It´s fab! Nice piece, girl;)

  19. Samantha says:

    I’ve been thinking about making an inspiration board for a while. This one is great. I love the original shape.

  20. Nipuni says:

    COOOOOOOOl……………. love it…

  21. Sarah says:

    Just made one using an old and worn out cork board. Lovely tutorial it looks great!


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