DIY Darling Pegboard: My post-uni creative endeavour

With my final undergrad submission submitted, no more readings to read and post-uni freedom now in my grasp, I did what all well trained uni students do when faced with time to do whatever they please – I slept!

Once I had ticked that off the to-do list I finally had time to get around to the more creative, inspired, fun, ‘just for the sake of it’ things in life. Things that are never really that high a priority and are subsequently hidden away, half finished, in the corner for such a time as this.

I love collecting memories. Anything with an inspirational quote over an equally inspiring photo is just my thing, and what better way to display them than with a pegboard?! I used an old frame I found on the side of the road, and some other bits’n’bobs from around the house to make this wonderful creation. Despite the fact all I did was hammer some nails, hook some wire & staple some fabric I was rather proud of the result…and even better, it was free!

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Here’s how to make your own ‘DIY Darling Pegboard’…

1. Find yourself the ingredients – now I know it’s not a cooking recipe, but it still works! I was super lucky and found this lovely frame during hard rubbish collection in my local area (more to come on that in a later blog), but another cheap way to get old frames is to head down to your local op-shop and have a look at the old paintings – most of the time these come with a frame. Toss out the painting and there you have yourself a unique one-off and it will cost almost nothing.

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2. Mark off where you want your wire, and hammer nails into the inner side of the frame. Be careful when hammering not to break the frame – I found putting a thick towel under it helped. I learnt this after chipping one of the decorative corners – though I claim it intentionally adds to the antique feel of it.

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3. Measure off and loop the wire around the nails. This appears easy but wire is a fickle, annoying creature. So I recommend using pliers, otherwise you may need to take a tea break & conduct a HAIM sing-a-long of ‘I fumbled it when I came down to the wire’ like me to alleviate your frustration at the wires refusal to bend. Alternatively you can use string.

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4. Cut your fabric to size & staple away.

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Voila! There you have your very own real life pinterest board. Happy pegging!

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