This fun twist on a traditional bulletin board utilizes bungee cords to keep all your treasures in place. It’s terrific for recipes and reminders in the kitchen and perfect for a child's bedroom, letting them display their artwork or favorite pictures. Pottery Barn sells boards like this for $35 each, but you can make your own for only a few dollars. This is a great project for any scraps of wood that are piling up in your garage, or you can purchase scraps at your local lumber yard and they will even cut them to size for a small fee (usually about a $1 a cut).

Materials needed:

  • Piece of wood, 16"x16"x1/4" – $3.00
  • 4 (18"-long) bungee cords – $2.00
  • Sandpaper
  • Drill with 3/8" bit
  • Paint – $1.00
  • Paint brush
  • Wire

Total cost: $6.00 (or less if you already have the wood)

Directions:

  1. Start with the 16" square of wood and lightly sand the edges and front of the board until it’s smooth.
  2. Make marks for 4 holes to be spaced 4" apart along 2 sides of the board, starting 1" from the side and then down 2" from the top.
  3. Drill your holes.
  4. Paint the front and sides of your board using 2–3 coats of paint.
  5. Once the board is completely dry, you can now attach the bungee cords.
  6. The cords come with each end finished off with a metal coil. Save one of these ends but cut the other off so you can thread the cord through the holes.
  7. Wrap the end that you cut with a bit of tape so the fabric covering will stay in place as you thread the cord through the holes.
  8. Once your bungee cord is in place, finish off the cut end of the cord by folding the end over and wrapping it with a piece of wire, mimicking the metal coil.
  9. Once all 4 bungee cords are in place your board is complete!

DIY Pottery Barn-Inspired Bungee Bulletin Board