A vibrant communal notice board crammed with lists, memos, reminders and announcements is a brilliant way of keeping everyone in the family up to date with what’s happening at home – and in the wider world.
It’s also a great place for displaying family photographs, artwork, newspaper clippings and treasured mementos. Use it to keep track of important school events, holidays and birthdays, and to share inspiring thoughts and quotations.
Everyone in the family can contribute to the notice board! Encourage your kids to pin their works of art to the board, plus any interesting souvenirs they’ve collected, such as feathers, grasses, seed pods, badges and menus.
You can also use your board to pin up gentle reminders about what you expect from your children – the rules of your house, for example, or lists of chores.
Choosing Your Notice Board
You have several options when it comes to selecting a board.
- Buy a ready-made felt-covered notice board from your local stationery shop.
- Order a big sheet of soft board from your hardware store. Soft board can be painted in bright colours using PVA. You may need several coats of paint – be sure to let each one dry before applying the next.
- Soft board can also be covered with colourful fabric. To do this:
- Cut the fabric about 15 cm bigger (on all sides) than your soft board.
- Place the material right-side down on a table and position the board on top.
- Fold the edges up over the board, stretching the fabric tight, and then secure on all sides using upholstery tacks, a staple gun or small nails.
- Cork tiles designed for flooring also make good notice boards. Use a pencil to mark the position of tiles on the wall, then attach them edge-to-edge to the wall using good quality double-sided tape.
- Boards should be securely attached to a wall by means of hooks and screws – if you don’t know how to do this, ask for advice at your local hardware store.
- Hang the board somewhere where everyone can see it every day – next to the front door, for example, or in the kitchen.
- How about adding a diamond-shaped ‘grid’ of ribbons to your board? This way, you won’t need drawing pins to attach paper items to your board – simply slide their corners under the ribbons.
- How about adding a diamond-shaped ‘grid’ of ribbons to your board? This way, you won’t need drawing pins to attach paper items to your board – simply slide their corners under the ribbons. For step-by-step instructions on how to make a ribbon board, click here.
- If there isn’t enough space for all those school notices, attach a large bulldog clip to the board. The easiest way to secure it is to stick several long sharp pins through the hole at the top of the clip – be sure to push them deep into the board. Clip all your documents and notices here, with the most recent ones on top so you don’t forget about them.
- Keep a pile of sticky notes, a pen and plenty of drawing pins close to the board, so the kids (and you!) can add reminders and observations whenever the mood strikes.
- To keep your board interesting and current, add new items whenever you come across them, and regularly remove out-of-date notices and reminders.