DIY Pottery Barn Knock-Off Pin Board | Copycat Pottery Barn Decor | DIY Projects | Home Decor
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Pottery Barn has gorgeous stuff, right? But, the price tags generally tend to put Pottery Barn’s drool-worthy merchandise out of my reach. Can anyone else relate?
The good news is that you can browse Pottery Barn and other designer stores for inspiration and then make less expensive, DIY versions of what you love yourself.
Case in point: I recently fell in love with this gorgeous nailhead pin board, which Pottery Barn sells for $159.
 Nailhead pin board from Pottery Barn.
I knew I could make it for less myself, so I got to work. Read on to learn how to make your very own for around $25!

Assemble the materials you need: A piece of fabric, foam core board, cork tiles, nailhead trim , Mod Podge, an office stapler, scissors and a craft knife.

Here is what you need:

A piece of fabric remnant large enough to cover your board–mine cost $3.00
A piece of foam core board–I purchased mine at The Dollar Store for $1.00
3 cork tiles–my 4 pack cost $8.00
Nailhead trim–mine cost $11.00 at Joann’s with a coupon
 Mod Podge (any finish)
An office stapler
Craft knife

Cut the cork tile in half using a ruler and craft knife.

Step 1: Cut one of the cork tiles in half.

Apply Mod Podge to the cork tiles using a paint brush.

Step 2: Mod Podge your cork tiles onto your foam core board. Be sure to apply Mod Podge to both the board and the back of the tiles to ensure good adhesion. Allow the Mod Podge a couple of hours to dry.

Assemble cork tiles together into one even square.

Step 3: Once your Mod Podge is dry, trim off the excess foam core board with your craft/exacto knife.

Rest a plate on the corner of the cork board.

Step 4: Now you are ready to create the curved corners. I used a salad plate as a template for my curves. Be sure to line up whatever round object you use the same way on every corner. I used painter’s tape to ensure mine lined up correctly every time.

Using a craft knife, cut out curved areas from the corners of the cork board.

Step 5: Use your craft knife to cut out the curved areas. I recommend flipping your board over to cut from the foam core side.

Trim your cork board using a ruler and craft knife.

Step 6: I realized after I cut my curves out that my shape was not as square as I wanted it to be, so I trimmed two of the sides off a bit more. This is totally optional. If you are happy with your shape already, you can skip this step. If you do, yours will just look a bit more rectangular than mine.

Trace the shape of your cork board using a marker on a piece of fabric.

Step 7: Once you are happy with your shape, you are ready to cover the board with your fabric. Trace the shape of your board on your fabric, making it about 2 inches larger than the board itself. Then cut your fabric out.

Adhere the fabric to the cork board.

Step 8: Place the board cork side down on top of your fabric. Use a regular office stapler to secure the fabric to your board. To work your way around corners, cut the fabric in the middle of the curved area first so that you can pull the fabric to fit closely around the curve.

Use nail heads to secure the fabric piece to the cork board.

Step 9: Once your fabric is secure, you are ready to attach your nailhead trim. I used strips of nailhead, as opposed to individual nails, to make this step move quickly. To attach the strips to the board, you insert a nail into the holes that appear on the strip every so often. There is a slight color difference between the nails and the trim strip, at least for the brand I used (Dritz Home). You may be able to avoid this with a different brand.

Use wire cutters to measure the nail head trim and adjust the length accordingly.


Use wire cutters to secure the nail head trim to the cork board.

Step 10: I used wire cutters to easily cut the strips so that I could secure each strip with a nail in the corners–this ensures that they are firmly attached. The nails insert easily through the cork board and foam core, but the nails are long enough that they poke through the other side, so I used a pair of pliers to squeeze the nails a bit so that they no longer poked through the back of the board.

Once the cork board is finished, hang it up on the wall to display photos and notes.


Use picture hanging command strips to hang your pin board wherever you like!

And that’s it! It took me about an hour and $25 in materials to make this gorgeous pin board–that’s a savings of $134 from the Pottery Barn version  Talk about living well and spending less!


DIY Pottery Barn Knock-Off Pin Board | Copycat Pottery Barn Decor | DIY Projects | Home Decor

Tasha Agruso
Tasha Agruso blogs at Kaleidscope Living, where you can find tons of thrifty DIY renovations and simple craft and home decor projects, like her popular painted vinyl floors and dotted, washable Sharpie mugs. She is also the creator of the fantastic Designer in a Binder. Which will inspire you to create a beautiful and happy home on a budget.
Tasha Agruso


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