Finished size : 48″ × 84″ (customizable)
Read any design or decor blog and you’ll know that mood boards are oft used and quite popular. And I say go big or go home! Take a trip to a lumber or hardware store for a piece of fiberboard sheathing and make a stop at a local home decor fabric shop, and you soon will have a great way to organize your next big design project.
Materials and Supplies
- Quantity of materials required will vary based on desired size of mood board.
- 4´ × 8´ sheet of ½″-thick fiberboard sheathing, cut to size(s) desired
- Canvas, linen, or ticking fabric (You may need wide fabric if you are planning on a large mood board.)
- ⅜″-wide grosgrain ribbon, equal to the perimeter of your board plus 4 times its height
- 1″-wide grosgrain ribbon, equal to the perimeter of your board
- Staple gun and ¼″ staples
- Screwdriver and 4 drywall screws, 1″ long
cutting it out
1. After you have chosen a place for your mood board, decide its height and width based on your available wall space. The wall above my sewing machine measures 51″ × 91″, so I opted for a mood board that would be 48″ × 84″. The sheathing comes in 4´ × 8´ (48″ × 96″) panels, so consider that as well.
2. Take the measurements for your mood board(s) to a hardware store and have the sheathing cut to the size(s) that you need. You can get multiple smaller mood boards from a 4´ × 8´ panel. The store might charge you a small fee for cutting the board, but it’s worth the cost.
1). Add 6″ to the height and length of your mood board to determine your fabric cut size. Depending on the orientation of your board, the height of your board may be the width or the length of your fabric. Divide the larger number by 36 to determine the yardage you need to buy.
Example:48″ + 6″ = 54″ cut width;84″ + 6″ = 90″ cut length;90″ ÷ 36″ = 2.5 yards, so I would buy 2½ yards, or 2¾ yards if I want a little extra.
2). Cut your fabric to the size determined in the previous step.
1). Prep the fabric by ironing out any creases; a hot steam iron and bit of spray starch might be helpful.
2). Lay the ironed fabric, right side down, onto a large, sturdy table; center the fiberboard on top. If using fabric with a loose weave, make sure the fiberboard is placed on grain to keep any fabric print running evenly on the board.
3). Starting at the top, staple the fabric to the board in the center of the side. Move to the bottom of the board, pulling the fabric taut, and staple the fabric in place several times in the center.
4). Flip the board to see that the fabric is smooth and straight. If you are using patterned fabric, check its positioning. If you are not happy with it, remove the staples, reposition the board, and repeat Steps 1–3 as needed.
This stapling project is slightly different from the others in the book because of the material that we are using. The softer fabrics don’t need to be cut down at the corners in the same way.
5). Staple the fabric on an adjacent side at the center, and then staple at the center of the opposite side. Just as you did in the previous step, check the front to make sure that all is looking right on the front
6). After the fabric is stapled along all 4 sides near the center, staple from the center outward along the long sides, placing the staples 2″–3″ apart, and then finish stapling the short sides.
7). At each corner, fold the fabric in to make a right angle; staple it in place twice.
8). Fold the fabric at each corner in a second time, vertically, about 1″ from the edge, and staple in place.
making the ribbon border
1). Using a disappearing-ink pen and a clear, gridded ruler, on the right side of the mood board draw a rectangle 2″ in from the outer edge. Draw a second rectangle 4″ in from the outer edge (or 2″ inside the rectangle you just drew).
2). Pin the ⅜″-wide ribbon on top of the outer drawn rectangle, using clear pushpins to secure it at the corners and as needed to keep it from sagging. Overlap the ribbon by 1″ where the ends meet, pin in place, and trim. Repeat on the inner drawn rectangle with the 1″-wide ribbon. Pushpins allow you to rearrange or change your ribbon borders when you change the mood board.
3). For this project I divided the main part of the board into 5 equal sections and cut 4 pieces of ⅜″-wide ribbon to this length. I pinned the ribbons in place under the top inner ribbon border and tucked them under the bottom inner border.
hanging it up
The fiberboard sheathing is lightweight and easy to screw into. Attach the board to a wall by driving 4 screws through the board and into a stud in the wall. You can cover up the hardware with the ribbon borders or with photos.
Don’t forget all those extra fiberboard sheathing panels; they would be great for the kids’ rooms and to help you keep organized in the kitchen.
Get inspired! And be inspired. If you like it, put it on your board. This is the original Pinterest— and it’s tangible!
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