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Bulletin Boards with Secret Compartments

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STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam:
Sheet: 18×2

Other Materials:
Fabric: 2/3 yard (peace theme)
Fabric: ¼ yard coordinating color
Ribbons: 1” pink, ½” pink and 5/8” peace symbol
Flower Appliques
Peace Symbol Charms
Decorative Push Pins
Mirror: 5×5”
Sticky Back Velcro
Design It: ® Foam Cutter
Low-Temp Glue Gun


  1. To create the two sizes of bulletin boards; cut 6” off the end of the sheet so that you have one 12×12” square and one 6×12” rectangle.  The 12×12” board can be used at home and the 6×12” board can be used in a school locker.
  2. Use a pencil to draw about a 4.5” wide 5 petal flower shape in the top left corner of the 12×12 board.  Draw a 3.5” x 3.5” square 1” up from the 6” end of the 6×12 board and cut out with the cutter.  Save the cut out square for future step.  Use the cutter to carefully cut out the flower shape; be careful to cut only on the pencil line as you want the flower to fit nicely back in the cut out space.  Now cut the flower in half so that it is only 1” thick, save the other half of the flower for a future project.
  3. Cut an 18” x 18” piece of the fabric and cover the 12 x 12” board.  Cut an 18” x 12” piece of fabric to cover the 6×12 board.  Wrap with fabric just like wrapping a present, gluing the fabric tightly in place at the back of the boards.  Use the tip of your scissors to snip an opening in the center of the cut out spaces.  Now cut slits in the fabric from the center to the outside edges of the openings.  Glue the fabric down inside the openings. Glue ribbon to cover the inside edges of the cut out spaces on both boards. Cover the cut out flower shape with fabric and glue ribbon around the edges.  Glue a piece of fabric to the back of the cut out spaces on both boards.  Be sure the right side of the fabric appears in the opening.
  4. Cut three 1”x ½”x ½” cubes from the left over cut out square.  Cover each cube with ribbon and glue them to the inside edge of three of the flower petals on the board.  The cubes should be glued all the way into the bottom of the opening.  Now glue a small piece of Velcro to the top of each cube and to the backs of the flower petals.  Now the flower will stay in place and hide your secret stash.
  5. To attach the mirror to the 6×12 board; cut two 14” pieces of ribbon, fold them in half and glue the ends together to form a loop.  Slide the mirror into the looped pieces of ribbon with the glued ends at the top.  Glue to secure the ribbon along the edges of the mirror front and back.  Glue the glued ends of the ribbon to the front of the board so that the mirror hangs in front of the opening.
  6. Cut lengths of ribbon and glue to the backs of the boards for hangers.
  7. Embellish your boards with ribbons, charms and appliques.







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One Comment

  1. Posted May 13, 2014 at 3:27 pm

    this is so cool and a great idea

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