Create a U.S.-Shaped Bulletin Board
Give a standard message board some personality with this patriotic makeover
Here's one way to show your national pride, no matter what part of the country you call home: Craft a custom corkboard inspired by the shape of the continental U.S. Just trace the outline from a map and enlarge on a copy machine (we made ours 18 by 30 inches). Set the template on top of cork (we used a 24-by-48-inch Quartet Cork Roll, about $15; staples.com). Outline and cut out. Attach the cork to foam board with spray adhesive and trim with a utility knife. Pin up postcards from that milestone cross-country trip you took, or post write-ups of places to visit the next time you hit the road.