Here is my starting pile. The spindles, square things on the white shelf and the wooden "V" were from a broken table I spied in someone's trash on Wednesday. I tore the table apart and pried the spindle into two pieces. The blackboard/corkboard frame was at a yard sale on Friday morning for 50¢. It was missing the corkboard part. The white shelf was from the same sale for $1.00 and the FAMILY letters were $2.00 at the same sale. I am all about letters lately. I wasn't thrilled with FAMILY, but thought I could use each letter individually in swaps or use them randomly around the house out of order and out of context. I had to buy a piece of Matte Board for $1.00 and some thumbtacks for $1.00, but everything else in the resulting product came from the junk pile or my stash of junk. I bought several of the fancy doohickeys at the top for 25¢ at a sale a few summers ago.
Here's the semi-finished product. Leftover whtie craft paint from Hobby Lobby 90% off After Christmas sale rubbed onto the spindles and "doohickey", matte board covered in a scrap of black and white gingham cloth in my fabric stash, coffee stained ribon from my craft suppies and vintage buttons hotglued on thumbtacks for the bulletin board.
I've been looking for a bulletin board to save my cards and items I have received in the mail from my blog buddies. I had a small one, but it was totally packed and about to fall off the wall.
I have drug home boxes of broken things and not used them before, but I am on a mission to USE MY JUNK and make it useable and resourceful. I think my first project fit that bill perfectly, if I do say so myself!
Total cost for the Bulletin Board - $1.50 not including the thumbtacks. I only needed twelve, but I had to buy 300! Eh gads!