HOW TO: Make a Simple Pin Board Out of Recycled Material

8 Materials
2 Hours

Here I will show you how to make a super cute, creative pin board out of cardboard and empty rolls of toilet paper!
Old Cardboard Boxes/Pieces of Cardboard
Old Empty (clean) Toilet Paper Rolls
Paint (whichever color you like)
Paint Brush
Hot Glue Gun
Exacto Knife or Cutter
Scissors (to cut the cardboard, you can use the Exacto Knife, depends on your skills)
A Small Container (to put the paint in)
First, sketch out the desired dimensions on the cardboard, the size that you want your pinboard to be, if you can get two pieces of cardboard that are the same exact size that you want your pinboard to be, that would be ideal.
Next, take your two pieces of cardboard that are the same size and glue them together with hot glue.
So the final product looks like this!
The next stop is to fold your toilet paper rolls in half.
Now, I always like to use my cardboard piece to measure how think to cut the petals of our flowers from the toilet paper rolls so that the entire project has the same depth, but as long as they are all the same size, you can do whatever is easiest for you. This is how I do it...
Each toilet paper rolls will make approximately make two and a half flowers, or 10 petals, but it depends on the thickness of your cardboard. After your petals are cut, you use the hot glue gun again to put a dab of glue in on corner of the petal.
You will use 4 petals to make each flower. I always cut all my pieces and make all my flowers at the same time so I don't have to keep grabbing for the glue gun.
Once your flower is complete, (make sure you give your flowers a little bit of time to completely dry) you will put two dabs of glue on the corners of two petals on the same side of the flower in order to attached the completed flower to the cardboard base that you already made.
So as you are putting pieces together, remember that the cardboard is very flexible and can accommodate different ideas easily. Don't be afraid to get creative and try different designs or patters. NEXT, its time to paint. I choose to paint everything black but you can use whichever color matches your decor or anything you want! :) I use to coats of paint in order to make it look as even and professional as possible. You will want to paint the cardboard as well as the toilet paper rolls.
TIP: You can paint the base and the rolls two different colors if you want to.
This is how the Pin board is all black, ready to give you the latest details.
So, you can stop here, or if you want to add just a little bit more detail, this is what I did to give my pin board a little bit more depth. I chose a pink and yellow hue. Just moisten a little brush with the desired color, remove the excess on a piece of cardboard, paper or fabric. and slowly paint over the base color. This will give you just a little bit of color, but not completely cover your base color. To set the color I use mod podge matte, either spray or liquid.
The you are ready to put pictures, earrings, cutouts or whatever you want. As you can see here, I repeated the process various times and connected all the smaller pin boards into a large design, but you can style it however you want! IT'S FUN! :)
Please feel free to give suggestions, thoughts, comments, questions in the comments below! I would love to hear from you!
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3 of 7 questions
  • Dee
    on Oct 23, 2018

    I love this look but how do you attach the pictures to the flowers ????

    • Rose
      on Jan 12, 2019

      the square cardboard pieces made first are nestled between/within the flowers , not on top of them. (pictures 4/5 - took me a minute )

  • Ginger
    on Jan 16, 2019

    On the pin board...tou double the card board? And what is its use??? Thank you.

    • Kellie
      on Mar 21, 2020

      so you can put deep pins in the board without them going through and marking your wall, it helps also if there is a little bit of weight in what you are putting on the board it will give the pin a bit more bite

  • Kerry
    on Mar 20, 2020

    How do you attach or hang the completed pin board to the wall? Looks great!

    • Kellie
      on Mar 21, 2020

      the removable command hooks would work well and you can put one either side of the pinboard part to give it a bit more stability

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  • Ellen Morrison Kelley
    Ellen Morrison Kelley
    on Mar 26, 2020

    This is incredibly creative. Love it.

  • K Holladay
    K Holladay
    on Apr 4, 2020

    We did the flower design without the pin boards, to an entire wall, while staying in a temporary apartment for a time. The landlord was adamant about us not changing things - even removable wall paper was against his rules! Posters didn't appeal, and staring at plain white walls was the worst. We chose to paint the tubes in bright colors, hot glued the points, then hung it from several Command Hooks.

    I wish I had pictures to post! The next tenant loved it as much as we did, so we ended up leaving it when we moved.

    It might be time to do another for the wall in the home office!

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