DIY Inspiration Board - All Dressed Up

DIY Inspiration Board

I don't usually do DIY posts, but I was so inspired by this idea I couldn't pass it up. As you may know, I spend way too much of my free time on Pinterest. I love collecting beautiful images and ideas, who doesn't? So when decorating my new space I wanted every detail to inspire. 

Bulletin boards are basically vintage Pinterest and I love it. As I said, I wanted my room to be an inspiring space so I knew an inspiration board would be perfect! Follow the simple steps below to create your own DIY inspiration board! 

also... washi tape, scissors, magazines, printed out quotes and photos

1) Apply Contact Paper to Frame of the Boardline up the edge of the paper with the edge of the board, and crease where you would like to cut. Cut and line the paper back up. Then, carefully peel the backing of the paper while smoothing out the lines as you apply.

2) Add Elastic Cord; stretch the elastic to about 3 quarters of the way across the board (from one corner diagonally to the other), and cut. Secure one end with a push pin, stretch the elastic, and then secure the other end. Repeat as many times as wanted! I have 4 elastic cords on my board, but add as many as you would like. 

3) Add the Inspiration!; Add whatever inspires you. Find images and quotes in magazines, print them out, orrr just add whatever you would like... notes, fabric, postcards, ect. Be as creative as you would like! For some of these exact images on my board, follow me on Pinterest! Check out my "Pretty Pictures" board, and my "Words" board. 

When I went looking for a bulletin board I wasn't too picky because I knew that I wanted to decorate it and find a way to make it my own anyway. So, I picked up this one at Target and brainstormed ideas. I started out hanging it on my wall as-is with a just a few photos. My favorite tip with any DIY project is to never rush it! Unless of course you have a clear cut idea of what you're doing. I, on the other hand, definitely did not so I left it alone until I did.

After hanging on my wall a few days, I noticed how I didn't like how dark the frame was... aaand contact paper to the rescue. Contact paper is a miracle saver for those of us who rent or live in college housing where you can't do any permanent decorating. While looking at Lowe's (They have the best selection!) I stumbled upon this amazing marble pattern and knew it would be perfect! 

As I started adding more pictures and cut-outs to my board, I noticed how they would flap up on the sides that weren't pinned down and that there was still a lot of obvious brown space. Aaand elastic to the rescue. I didn't want anything thick and obvious that would take away from my pictures, so I found this great elastic cord in the "kids craft" section of Walmart! I wanted to be able to move around the elastic as I liked, so glue was out of the option. I bought a bunch of small silver push pins on a whim and was so happy with how well they kept the elastic in place!

Super simple right? As for my photos and cut-outs, I went to Walmart and printed out a few of my favorite images (did you know you they have an option for square sized?) and then took to Pinterest, screenshotting my favorite quotes and illustrations, adding the images to a Word document, and clicked print.

All in all this project only cost around $25 (most of the cost goes towards the bulletin board, so if you already have one it's even cheaper!), was so simple to do, and is my absolute favorite decorative piece on my wall! Believe me when I say that I do not have the best history with DIY projects, but I was so happy with how this turned out! It adds such a fun, personal touch to any space. P.s. Did you notice the fur pillow? If you read my last "Wednesday Wishlist" you may have noticed that this pillow was on the list! Yep, it went pretty quickly from my wishlist to my "To Buy" list, to my "Purchased" list (oops I have a lot of lists). 

All items are linked below, including my bedding! Have you tried your own DIY inspiration board before? I would love to hear about any tips you might have! As always, feel free to comment below! 


  1. What a great idea! I should do one of these for the living room updates we want to do -- thanks for the inspiration!

    1. Thanks for commenting, and thanks for reading! What a great idea to put one in your living room!

  2. I love this! I've been wondering where to get a good selection of contact paper.. I have a bookshelf that I might dress up a little with it. I'll have to go to Lowe's =)

    1. Thank you! They really do have a great selection, happy to help!