Hi, guys! Welcome to Make-It-Yourself Monday: the first day of our monthly special, Stuffie Takeover Week! (if you don’t know about STW, click here to learn more). MIYs feature craft and DIY tutorials for stuffies, dolls, and humans alike: I’m your host Mimsy Kaminski, and here behind me is Mimi Carmichael who is currently reading The Secret Garden, pretending that she doesn’t exist, and wondering if she looks good on camera.
Today, we’re going to make one of my favorite crafts e.v.e.r: a bulletin board! This craft works for both stuffed animals and for their humans. I tested it out the tutorial twice: I made one for myself and then another nearly identical one for Josie of Dolls N’ All. I really wanted to show you guys how to make a bulletin board — seriously the most easy and freeform DIY I’ve done in a long time — so I’m making one for Mimi, too! Isn’t that right, Mimi?
Mimi: Why, yes, I guess so.
Another year, another bulletin board, right? So, without further ado, let’s get started!
You will need:
- A piece of cardboard
- A sheet of white paper
- Ink pens/gel pens
- Sticky notes
- Embellishments of choice (washi tape, beads, stickers, etc.)
Begin by cutting out a rectangular piece of cardboard the size you want your bulletin board to be. The one I’m cutting out for Mimi is a bit larger than mine: about 4×6 inches or so (I didn’t bother to measure exactly).
Cut, and trim as necessary.
Next, we’re going to make a little title for your bulletin board. Cut out a strip of white paper.
Using an ink or gel pen, personalize it as necessary. You can use your name, the words “bulletin board,” or whatever you want! I did “Mimi’s Bulletin Board.”
Tape it on! (Oh, and just a note before we continue: please don’t worry about gaps in your layout, those will be filled up later with embellishments. In fact, you’ll want to intentionally leave space for decor as you do this craft).
Now, you’ll want to make space for notes and tasks. I simply used a scissors and cut two identical squares from my sheet of white paper.
Using your pen, write “Notes” on one and “Tasks” on the other. If you’re anything like me, you’ll add some little format decorations, color, and doodles, too. And if you’re anything like me, you’ll mess up.
Tape ’em on! 😀
Mimi: I know I’m not supposed to be peeking, Mimsy, but I simply ADORE how it looks so far!
Aww, thanks! Here, hold it up for everyone to see.
We’ve all LOVED Mimi ever since she came on Christmas Day! She’s fun to be with and never disturbs the peace. 😉 (And she’s going to be embarrassed out of her wits when she reads this).
What’s a bulletin board without some sticky notes? Follow a tutorial like this one to learn how to make DIY doll-sized sticky notes.
Or if you happen to have a thin, half-used sticky notepad like I do, just cut out a square from the top.
Tape it on! This is what it should look like so far (though like I said, this is a very versatile craft, so customize it as you like!)
Time for the fun part!! and my favorite part!! A.k.a. it’s time to add decorations. 😉 Go crazy with these, kay? Washi tape, stickers, beads, sequins, glitter, etc…
It was funny ’cause I kept dropping the sticker pad and Kenzie (the person who was helping us take pictures) kept freaking out because she thought it was the camera that was falling. 😀 😀
TA-DA! Here’s the finished craft!
Isn’t it awesome? 😀 I added a pop of wintergreen (that’s Mimi’s favorite color) and some nice wintry washi tape.
According to Mimi, it’s gorgeous and splendid and she loves it and will put it on her desk right away. *blushes*
Two friends, two bulletin boards!!
Mimi’s lovely bulletin board…
And mine, too! 😉
If you make this craft, I’d love to see a picture! (you can send one through the Contact page if you so desire).
What are some of your resolutions for this upcoming year? Mine are: get more organized, memorize the entire book of Psalms, wake up before 7 every day, drink lots of water, spend more time with my family, expand my creativity in art and crafts, and exercise more.
Happy 2018! here’s to another awesome year 🙂