Easy DIY Bulletin Board (Any Shape or Size)

Thought I’d share this super easy bulletin board project I made for my office recently. My (home) office is one place I just can’t seem to leave alone. Do you have a space in your house like that? For some reason I’m just never quite happy with the layout or the colors, and then I’ll also cycle through wanting lots of wall art and decor. Then one day I decide it’s too much and I become a minimalist for a couple months until the process starts over again. I think part of it is this is the space in my life that is 100% mine—kind of like your bedroom growing up (or your side of the bedroom during those years I shared a room). Of course, Trey has great taste (he married me after all), so I love decorating our house together. It’s not that I don’t feel free in other spaces, it’s more that I don’t feel as free to change all the time in other spaces.

Or maybe I just haven’t found the perfect setup yet. I don’t know. But at the moment, I’m redoing a few things in my home office again. 🙂

I am an avid list maker. I’m sitting at my desk typing this and I literally have SIX to-do lists around me right now. Some are daily, weekly, or monthly; although one has an action item I need to do throughout the year and the dates are the to-dos on that one. Anyway, you probably get the picture, I am a crazy lady when it comes to lists. I’d like to think it’s because I am that cool go-getter we all want to be, but if I’m being honest part of it is that I will totally forget to do things unless I write them down. So I’m a forgetful go-getter. And I’m OK with that.

The last thing you want to do with a to-do list is lose it! So for me, space to hang lists and reminders is really important in my work space. That’s why I decided I needed a larger bulletin board recently and I just wasn’t loving all the standard sizes, so I decided to make something custom for my office. Here’s how I made my own bulletin board in the exact size and shape I wanted.

-foam board
-tape (something strong like duct tape)
cork roll
-Elmer’s glue
-X-Acto knife
Command Strips

Step One: Cut the foam board so it’s the exact shape and size you want for your bulletin board, and tape together.

Step Two: Make sure the foam board fits in your space how you like. If needed, adjust at this point (use the X-Acto to cut more or add more foam board as needed).

Step Three: Cover one side of the foam board with the cork roll, use glue to adhere it. If you are creating a large bulletin board like me, you’ll likely have some seams and I recommend overlapping the cork slightly so that no white foam board shows through. Allow to completely dry.

Step Four: Use Command Strips to hang your new bulletin board in place. Command strips should be all you need unless you plan to hang a LOT of weight from your bulletin board, but I only use mine to hang papers and pictures. Pretty easy and you can totally customize this to fit any space, plus this project is super inexpensive and a great way to fill some wall space if you like the look (and usefulness) of a bulletin board. 🙂 Happy list making! xo. Emma

Credits // Author and Photography: Emma Chapman. Photos edited with ACS for Desktop actions.
  • Great idea! I’ve been looking for a bulletin board for awhile & just like you, don’t love the standard sizes. I’m going to give this a try! Thanks!!❤️????????????????❤️

  • What a simple, stylish DIY! Love this idea. Something I could totally do with minimal $ and minimal time! 🙂

  • I love this and the fact you can create one that works well with the space you have! I love the cut away, and stops it from looking tooo bulky!!

  • This is such a great idea! I don’t have a work/study space right now but I will have to try this once I move <3


  • I was just googling cork boards and never thought of customizing my own shape for one! So clever.

  • Love the shape of this! Cork boards are the best for your to do lists and any decorative papers you feel like changing out day to day.

  • I love this, and how it’s integrated with the wall. A super minimalist DIY! Certainly beats my tacky, store-bought bulletin board, heh! 😀

    Charmaine Ng | Architecture & Lifestyle Blog

  • Love me a good DIY post! Maybe l’ll consider this for my office…

  • Oh I love this! At my desk at uni we had foam core and plywood separating out desks and I miss it so much! I would love to try and do something like this the my desk at home 🙂 Em xx


  • So simple and very cute, I like it! Random…but I see you switched out your chair from the red one, we just got the same one but in white so I was curious if you were unhappy with it over time or just because you needed a change. It’s hard to find a good chair that remains comfy!

    • I loved the red chair, I actually regret getting rid of it. I mainly swapped it out because of the color. I will say though, I had it in white before and I tend to wear a lot of black and dark blue jeans so it discolored for me over time.

  • I love this! I totally need to make one for our home office!


  • Such a great, easy way to change your space! I love it! Ugh, I am in serious need of an office/desk upgrade, with all my photos feeling out of date and blah. Any tips for changing up a space over the course of a day without spending too much money?


    • Changing out / updating all the photos in your space sounds like a great place to start. Another easy (and cheap!) option when you don’t feel ready to commit to more yet is to add some decor elements with washi tape. Just search ‘washi tape’ on our site, we have quite a few projects that might inspire you to try something that works for your space.

  • This is such a cool DIY & I’ve been re-doing my office so this will be perfect. I didn’t want something conventional so this will be perfect! So easy too, can’t wait to get started. Foam board is such a useful thing, we always have some to hand for for DIYs & artwork.

    Holly from The Art of Being Holly xo

    • Me too, I feel like I always have some foam board around or some scraps from my last project. 🙂

  • I love this! It looks so cute with the rest of your desk setup! I feel like I am constantly changing my desk up too! Haha! xx

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