DIY: PBTEEN Inspired Nailhead Pinboard (for much less)


Screen Shot 2015-01-22 at 4.09.45 PMI have a confession to make. Not only do I like to peruse the kid’s clothing and shoe section at stores (for myself), I also like to wander into PBTeen for home and office decor. Admittedly, I am not a teenager nor am I shopping for one. I am just drawn to the whimsical themes and fun colors PBTeen offers that simply can’t be found at the adult version of the store (which I also have a weak spot for). What I am not attracted to however, are the mature prices of some of these items. For example, this nailhead pinboard sells for $159! I’ve wanted to hang a pinboard by my desk for some time now and have been searching for something stylish that coordinated with my existing decor. And then I found it… for $159 plus tax. By investing a little bit of time, effort, and DIY expertise, I present to you my PBTeen Inspired Nailhead Pinboard for much less! I had a lot of the supplies on hand already, but this shouldn’t cost you more than $40 even if you don’t.


You’ll need:

  • a ruler
  • nailhead studs ($0.97 a box at Walmart- I used about 7 or 8)
  • command strips (optional-for hanging on the wall without creating holes)
  • hammer
  • staple gun
  • fabric
  • batting
  • cork roll
  • pencil
  • scissors
  • wood framed canvas ($11.67 for a pack of 2 at Walmart)
  • push pins

Tip: Use stud earrings as your push pins. You can also pick up an inexpensive set like I did from H&M. The set of pearl studs shown above were only $2.95! 



Measure the back of the canvas that is not framed by wood and cut out a piece of cork to place in this area. I used a self adhesive cork roll  but found that I still needed to use a spray adhesive and place weights on top overnight to keep it from rolling back up.


Once the cork roll has been attached, use a staple gun to add a layer of batting to the canvas. Make sure that it extends at least an inch past the frame so that there is enough material to wrap around and staple. This will give the pinboard a plush look.


Repeat the same process with a piece of fabric. The fabric I used was leftover from another project and was a bit thicker. However, a thinner fabric will probably make the holes left by push pins less visible.

Note: If you do use a thicker fabric like I did, you can ‘heal’ the holes left behind by pins by just rubbing over it with a wet paper towel.


Measure and lightly stencil your design onto the canvas. For me, I found that it was easier to determine where the corners of my design started and then simply count the number of studs each square had on each side. Go slow so that your lines are straight and take a step back to reinspect your work every few minutes.


I made sure to start the corner of my design just far enough in so that it didn’t hit the wood. If you follow this method, you will be able to add the studs without the use of any tools until you reach the middle wooden divider and it will be a much easier process. Don’t worry, the layers of cork, batting, and canvas ensure that your design is safe from falling out.


The nailhead trim was definitely a tedious process for me as I lack a long attention span. Go slow and take a break if you need it. I chose to do a little bit each night and spread the work out over a few days.

DIY nailhead pinboard

And voila! All done! Hang and enjoy!


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