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Manly Bulletin Board

Posted by Stephanie Chan

This masculine version of the weaved bulletin board makes a great Father's Day gift and takes no time at all!

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Here's What You'll Need

Picture frame

Chalky finish paint or acrylic paint

Upholstery webbing

Canvas belt straps in two colors

D rings

Sewing machine, heavy duty needle, and thread

Anti-fraying glue

Scissors

Staple gun

Cardboard or foam, fabric, and white glue



Paint your picture frame if desired. I used chalky finish paint and sanded it a bit to show the original gold paint before sealing it with creme wax. Allow to dry.

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First, figure out how you'll position all of the straps. Weave together the upholstery webbing so the resulting lattice is larger than the size of the frame.

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Weave the belt straps into the upholstery webbing lattice. Then, form a T-shape with the contrasting belt straps. I added some detail with D-rings and a little strip of the first belt strap in the middle of the T. Cut your belt straps so there's enough to wrap around the D-rings by an inch or so, and like the upholstery webbing, make them longer than the frame size.

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Sew the belt straps to the D-rings and seal the cut ends with anti-fraying glue.

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Time to staple everything to the frame! I recommend taking a picture of your lattice with your phone so you can look back at it because you'll have to take it apart to staple it. Use a pencil to mark on your frame where the straps should go. Start by stapling the straps in the T-formation, because they will go on top. Then, staple the webbing, and finally, weave through the other straps and staple them. Trim the ends and add anti-fraying glue.

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You can stop here, or you could add a backing, whether you use the backing that came with the frame, or if that's missing, use a piece of foam or cardboard. The backing might show through the lattice so you can wrap it with fabric, securing it to the backing with white glue.

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All done and ready for Father's Day gift giving!

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Dad can keep notes or display pictures. These are from our girls' first birthday party. Sigh.

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