How to Make Material Boards for Home Plans

What You'll Need
Fabric of some variety
Poster paints and shapes
Cardboard or wood
Drawing pins or nails
A hammer

Material boards in home design can really help to improve the appearance of a house, and any home plans design should consider including some of these in their scheme. Material boards are easy to make, and can be used throughout the house, whether in the kitchen or the living room, although perhaps they are best left out of the bathroom. Creating your own material boards can be done with very little effort, and they provide a perfect backdrop for displays of artwork, or even just for showing off an interesting ornament. They can also be used to block drafts and cold spots during winter, improving the energy efficiency of your home.

Step 1 - Cutting the Cloth

If you are buying your fabric from scratch, it is a good idea to measure it out first in order to ensure that you get the right lengths. If you intend to use some left-over fabric from a previous project, then you can easily cut the board or piece of wood to the right length in order to ensure that the material entirely covers the board.

  • Lay your fabric out upon a large table, then place the board over the top of this.
  • Center it so that there is a wide boarder of fabric all around the edge.
  • Cut the material so that you can fold it over, and pin the fabric to the back of the board.
  • Lay the cardboard or wood aside for a few minutes.

Step 2 - Decorating the Cloth

Decorating a plain piece of fabric is a fun way to spend the afternoon with kids, so if there are any children in the house, get them to help you apply some patterns to the front of the board. You can use poster paints with cut-out stencils, or simple shapes. Place the shapes on the material, and then wipe a layer of paint over the surface of the shape, taking care to go over the edges wherever possible. Remove the shape, and you will have the image in the center with paint all around it. Leave to dry.

Step 3 - Fitting the Cloth

Once the paint has dried, you can begin to pin your fabric to the board. Lay the material face-down, and then place the board over it, in the center. Use your drawing pins, or screws if you wish, to fix the corners of the fabric to the back of the board. Use several more to keep the fabric in place along the edges, and then turn the board over.

Step 4 - Decorating the Cloth

You can now decorate the cloth with a pattern of drawing pins along the edge of the cardboard or wood. This will produce a small frame shape along the sides which will look very decorative. If you don't wish to do this, you can get some lengths of plywood, and make a frame for the material. Once you have finished making the frame, you can start pinning whatever you choose to the material.