I am not the world’s best housewife. When it comes to laundry, I leave it to the husband to collect it all and throw it in the washing machine. Sure, sometimes we end up with mildew-smelling clothes because he forgets he did a load and it sits there for a day or two. But all in all, he’s pretty good at keeping on top of the laundry situation.
Neither of us bothers with ironing, though. We’re pretty lax about it since we don’t really wear suits or nice clothing. The one and only time I tried to iron something I left a big ol’ scorch mark up the back of his new button down shirt. But even though I am not the laundry goddess I could be, my talents lay elsewhere.
For instance, I’m pretty darn good at being creative. I can make a meal out of anything we have on hand. I can make the best use of space in our tiny little home. And I can make a plain bulletin board into something beautiful with just a few minutes and a couple of materials.
I’ve seen all kinds of awesome crafts that use spray starch in their implementation, and I admire the creators for their abilities. But to me, starch has a singular purpose – and that is to make fabric look and feel good. It helps reduce ironing time, and it keeps clothing looking its best for a long time.
One thing I’ve always had against starch (which was a big reason why I have hesitated to use it in the past) is that very particular “starch smell.” When I was a kid, my grandmother starched my grandpa’s shirts, and I remember them being crispy and stinky! Whenever I’d go to hug him, I’d hold my breath because I hated the smell so much. Not to mention that each hug would make the starch sort of flake up from his clothes and look (to my childhood mind) like peeling skin!
I LOVE Faultless Starch because it has NONE of these setbacks. It actually smells quite fresh and clean, it doesn’t make soft things crispy, and it never seems to flake at all. So it was the perfect thing for my project this week where I used it to help smooth out some rather wrinkled fabric I needed for a cute bulletin board makeover.
Here’s what you’ll need:
1 bulletin board, any size (I had a cute framed one I bought ages ago)
enough material to cover the board
Faultless Premium Starch
a stick or flat screwdriver for the edges
To begin, you’ll need to measure out the amount of fabric you will need. Make sure you have enough to cover the whole front of the bulletin board. Mine was square, which made it easy.
Next, cut out your fabric to the required dimensions. Make sure you cut it about half an inch longer than necessary so you can wrap the edges around the board. If you don’t have a frame, you may want to add a whole inch so that all sides are covered.
The next step was my favorite. I placed the fabric down on our laundry room floor and then sprayed the heck out of it with my Faultless Premium Starch. Once I’d done the back, I flipped it over and did the front. My fabric stash is thrown into a wicker box in my craft room, so it is always wrinkled beyond reason. I used to wet it down and throw it into the dryer to help remove the wrinkles, but it never worked quite right. Using starch is the perfect answer. It took the wrinkles out with ZERO problems.
I let the fabric rest for a few minutes, draping it over the back of a chair while I ran and got a coffee. This helped the wrinkles come out by allowing gravity to do its thing. After that, I placed it on top of my bulletin board and smoothed it out, making sure the edges were square with the frame. Then, I used a plastic stick to carefully push the edges underneath the frame all around the board.
Once I was done, I stood back and admired my handiwork! It looked like a framed work of art! Really beautiful. Once it was dry (about 10 minutes), I started adding photos to it.
It is such a cute board now. And the best part is that you can easily remove and replace the fabric with something else if you get tired of it. I have SO much random fabric, and this is so easy to do. I can change it every week if I want! Right now, the board is sitting on my desk to be used for everyday reminders, as well as photos I want to see.
It still works exactly as a regular bulletin board, but it looks so much nicer. It really brightens up the space, and it makes a practical item much more whimsical.