Custom Disney Pin Trading Display Board

Jenny and Mario's Disney Pin Boards

Confession: I have fallen victim to the Disney pin trading fad.

My girlfriend and I told ourselves we would be able to just buy a few collectible pins and be done with it. We picked up WALL•E and EVE, plus some Star Wars characters. Then grabbed some hat pins for trade fodder. Then I bought the Inside Out set. Then we splurged on a Diamond Anniversary medallion set. Before we knew it, our lanyards were weighed down with metal baubles and we needed a place to keep the ones we didn’t want to trade.

Pinterest to the rescue! I found some great inspiration on the Walt Disney World for Grownups forum; User Mase had the fantastic idea to take cork board and cover it with fabric to display Disney pins on the wall. After seeing I <3 Disney‘s take on it with the addition of a frame, I knew I wanted to give this setup a try.

One trip to Jo-Ann later, and we found the perfect solution for a quick and simple setup. The Sheffield Home Corkboard 10×18 (sadly no longer available online) has a rustic-looking black distressed wood frame, but unlike other solutions I’ve seen, the cork board is removable from the frame via metal tabs (like a picture frame), so we were able to apply our fabrics of choice (also from Jo-Ann; one-stop-shopping for the win!) without any tedious gluing of the frame afterward.

Sheffield Home Corkboard 10x18
Sheffield Home Corkboard 10x18 - Back
Frame Metal Tabs
Naked Corkboard

We eyeballed about 1.5″ of fabric on all sides to give sufficient buffer for attachment on the back. Staples mostly did the job for me; your mileage may vary depending on the fabric you select, but they should grab the cork board with ease. I cut the corners of the fabric off afterward so I wouldn’t have to staple through too many layers.

Cutting Fabric Around Naked Corkboard
Naked Corkboard with Cut Fabric
Red Swingline Stapler On Fabric
Mangled Staples in Fabric
Scissors Cutting Fabric Corners

With the fabric sufficiently secured, we bent the tabs back and were off to the races!

Fabric Cork Board in Frame
Sheffield Home Corkboard 10x18 with Custom Fabric
Sheffield Home Corkboard 10x18 with Custom Fabric - Corner Detail

Now we have a place to display all the Disney pins we intend to keep, and can bring a smaller assortment to the park for trades (and for inevitable additional purchases).

Mario's Disney Pin Board
Mario's Disney Pin Board - Inside Out and Monorail Pins
Mario's Disney Pin Board - Diamond Anniversary Medallions
Jenny's Disney Pin Board
Jenny's Disney Pin Board - Ariel and Castle Detail
Jenny's Disney Pin Board - R2 Mickey Detail

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