Denim & Thumbtack Nailhead Trim Bulletin Board



Whew, try and say that title five times fast!

This old bulletin board has been sitting in the basement since we moved in. I’ve had it since high school and it has seen its share of menus, photos of Justin Timberlake, and kid drawings. I painted the frame when we moved into our apartment, but have since fallen out of love with it.

When I saw Megan from Balancing Home’s tutorial on how to create a Ballard Inspired burlap memo board, I felt like smacking myself in the head. Covering the whole board with fabric?! Such a great idea!

I used her tutorial to wrap my bulletin board with a beautiful, dark denim that I had on hand. The color is more navy in real life. It was super easy, the hardest part was ironing. (I hate ironing fabric.)

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I didn’t have any nailhead trim to use for this project (it’s spoken for), but I did have a box of gold thumbtacks from the Dollar Tree. I didn’t measure, and it’s not perfect, but I just pushed them into the cork and readjusted them if needed. It was easy and quick, even Doug and Lily helped me.


I’m planning on hanging it in my room and using it as a jewelry organizer, although I love the look of it so much, I don’t know that I want it hidden in my room! I want it front and center where everyone can check it out. Hey everybody, come see how good I look!

Inspired by a Pinterest find, I attached a piece of gold chain and used it to hang my earrings.


I guess you could say I’m in love with nailhead trim, so I’m even more in love with the idea of using thumbtacks as nail heads. This project was so simple, cheap, and easy, but it makes such a big statement. I can’t wait to find another bulletin board and try a different fabric! This would be perfect for a memo board or bulletin board, or even a great gift.

Supplies and Cost:

Bulletin Board: $2 from a garage sale
Denim fabric: 1 yard at $3.99
”Nailhead Trim” = 1 box of gold Dollar Tree thumbtacks: $1

Total Cost: $7!

Time Spent: 20-30 minutes


Have you done any projects with memo boards or jewelry organizers?


    • says

      Ooh, that’s a great idea! The rail and “s” hooks have been on my IKEA list for a while. That’s a great idea, maybe I’ll use one of those and then I’ll get to show off my board in another room. Have you used them in any other rooms as well?

      Nice job on tackling pins! I have so many “I sooo need to do this” pins it’s not even funny…

      • says

        Just in closets so far but I do have a set with little ceramic cups for my (future) lower level office. I first saw them in iHeart Organizing and I thought they were pretty cool.

  1. Laura Andry says

    This is adorable. I bet I could do something like this in my kitchen with measuring utensils too!!! MUST PIN!

  2. says

    I found this on pinterest before I caught up on the long list of blogs I’ve been unable to read. knowing now that you used the much more affordable gold thumbtacks, I’m definitely putting this together soon! love it!

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