My 3 Monsters: Interchangeable Quote Boards

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9.05.2013

Interchangeable Quote Boards

DIY Interchangeable Quote Boards at my3monsters.com Yesterday I shared my inspirational quote printables with you {and my opinion on teens and the internet, thankyouverymuch}.  Today I want to show you how I made the interchangeable hanging boards I used to display them.  It's a really quick and easy way to turn a $2 print into a stylish home accessory.

For each hanger you will need:

1 pine board 12-inches by 19-inches
paint
sandpaper
distressing ink or stain
29-inches of wide grosgrain ribbon
1/2-inch drill bit
2 small nails
2 binder clips

Total Cost for each hanger:

$6-7.  I already had ribbon, paint, and the basic supplies on hand so mine were about $5 each.

A note about the wood boards:  I was making 3 hangers so I purchased a 12-inch by 72-inch piece of wood at Lowe's for less than $12 and had them cut it into 3 19-inch long pieces for me in the store.  They were happy to do it and it didn't cost any extra.

Begin by painting your boards.  I had some latex paint leftover from a decorating project so I used that, but acrylic craft paint would also do the trick.  I think I painted on about 3 coats to get good coverage then I distressed the edges with sandpaper when it was dry.

Inspirational {Interchangeable} Quote Boards at my3monsters.com
I wasn't super-happy with it since the light pine wood didn't contrast much with my white paint.  No problem!  I just pulled out my dark walnut distress ink pad and ran it along all the edges then buffed it in with a soft rag.

Inspirational {Interchangeable} Quote Boards at my3monsters.com
So much better!  Next I drilled two holes in the top of each board for the ribbon.  Measure 3-inches in from each side and 1-inch down from the top to mark the spot for each drill hole.

Inspirational {Interchangeable} Quote Boards at my3monsters.com
Drill each hole with a 1/2-inch drill bit.  To create the ribbon loop for hanging, feed the ends of your ribbon through the holes from the back of the board to the front, leaving a loop in the back that measures 4-inches at its highest point.  {This ensures that all your boards will hang evenly when you put them on the wall.}  Tie the ends of your ribbon into a knot between the two holes on the front of your board.  Trim the ends of the ribbon, if needed.

Inspirational {Interchangeable} Quote Boards at my3monsters.com
To attach the prints to the hangers:  Hammer a tiny little nail into the top of your board on each side of the ribbon, about 1/2-inch down from the top of the board.  Attach 2 binder clips to the top of each print.  Flip the back "arm" of the binder clip up on each side and hang from the small nails on the board.  Adjust the print so it hangs straight and is centered on the board.

Inspirational {Interchangeable} Quote Boards at my3monsters.com
This is why I would use cardstock for prints in the future.  See how the paper doesn't hang perfectly flat because there is no weight to it?  Cardstock would solve that problem.  Other than that little flaw, I am IN LOVE with my new Inspirational {Interchangeable} Quote Boards!

Inspirational {Interchangeable} Quote Boards at my3monsters.com
My family likes them, too.  I always worry about getting the hubs on board with my "cute" ideas  {cute meaning anything that involves ribbon pretty much} , but he is a fan this time around.  

I'm thinking that we can change out the prints in the hangers as often as we want -- when we I get tired of looking at them, or to decorate for holidays.  For my minimal $15 initial investment I can have new artwork at the drop of a hat for years to come!  Not too shabby, right?!  Watch for plenty more 11x17 printables here on the blog so you can switch yours out, too!

3 comments:

  1. Just pinned this -I have some prints and I think this is the perfect way to display them.

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  2. I wanted to let you know that I featured this today in my "What I Bookmarked This Week" post - stop by and see!

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  3. Your posts and blog are wonderful!! You must be so much fun to live with. And exasperating, too! I feel so much better about all the supplies I collect & the many different creative areas that I dabble in. Keep rocking it!!

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