We love virtual mood boards (have you seen what we've been up to on Pinterest?), but there's something especially motivating about tangible inspiration. Here are five DIY pinboard projects for a productive—and artful—workspace.
Above: Yet another use for plywood: Buy a sheet from your local hardware store and lean it against the wall; simple as that. The version shown here, from Swedish design blog, trendenser, uses colorful Washi Tape to secure notes and photos. Photograph by Frida Ramstedt.
Above: A metal mesh pinboard via Catview.
Above: When Remodelista editor in chief Julie Carlson was remodeling her house, her architect, Jerome Buttrick, spec'd a homasote bulletin board (made from recycled paper) above her desk (it's a genius solution, Julie says). A 2-by-4-foot Homasote Tac Board is $39.95 from Amazon. Photo by Maria del Rio for Refinery 29.
Above: LA designer Michaela Scherrer, a member of the Remodelista Architect/Designer Directory, creates mood boards—that double as living room art—using HardieBacker boards from building supply stores and Mod Podge. Tour her Pasadena house in the Remodelista book—and stay tuned for her home office/guest room on Thursday. Photograph by Matthew Williams for Remodelista.
Above: Make your own circular pinboards from a sheet of cork roll. First trace an embroidery frame with a utility knife, then use a glue gun to set the board inside of the frame. Add a pattern with paint or leave it minimal. Photograph via Humbeer Berlin.
Above: Using a premade cork board from any office supply store, fasten a piece of fabric (canvas was used in this example, but any fabric works) to the board using nailheads or thumbtacks. See more at One Sparrow Creative.
Above: A different approach? In A Glamorous Brass Pinboard, Julie introduces us to stylist Pella Hedeby's combination of brass mesh and clips instead of the usual cork and pins.
You don't actually need board to create a pinboard—see Zero-Cost Wall Art, Pinboard Edition and 6 Wall-Worthy Clipboards. For another DIY workspace accessory, have a look at our Storage Tray Made from a Single Piece of Leather. And choose the best plants for your desk in Ask the Expert: 10 Tips for Office Plants, from The Sill on Gardenista.