How to make a guitar amp pinboard using recycled items & junk.
A Noticeboard for Emily’s room.
As you will all know by now, I love organising. In fact, if organising were an Olympic sport, I’d like to think I had a good chance of making Team GB! My family will tell you my organising doesn’t stop at putting things in labelled plastic boxes and lever arch files, or at making lists for anything and everything…It extends to organising people too…Ahem, *sheepish face*.
Despite adding a couple of finishing touches to Emily’s ‘Ikea Hack’ bedroom makeover (here) over the last few months, such as a DIY Desk and some Cube Shelves, there was still something missing…A noticeboard.
I couldn’t wait to start browsing through lots of lovely noticeboard ideas for Emily so I could bring some order to her paper-strewn desk.
Noticeboard inspiration on Pinterest.
Since starting blogging, I’ve had to acquaint myself with Pinterest. It took me a while to realise Pinterest isn’t ‘social media’ like Twitter or Facebook. Instead, it’s a beautifully visual search engine. A search engine that enables me to store all of my favourite discoveries and answers to my questions into pretty, virtual folders. Now I’m a complete Pinterest convert and I’ve started to use it instead of Google.
I started my search for Pegboards and Pinboards in Pinterest and found some wonderful ideas:
After discovering dozens of wonderful DIY noticeboards on Pinterest, I decided I’d have a go at making one too. I wanted something colourful, funky and original and that’s when I came up with the idea of a guitar amplifier pinboard, having been inspired by the Orange guitar Amp coaster we bought my husband for his birthday.
To give myself even more of a challenge, I decided to make the pinboard ‘on a budget’, using things I had around the house and things I could source for next to nothing.
I had a good think about how I could use everyday items to create a guitar amp pinboard, wandering the aisles of B & Q and Morrisons for ages until I found just what I needed!
How to make a guitar amplifier pinboard.
Materials you will need:
- 10-12mm Plywood. Plywood can be quite expensive but I spotted an off-cut off 12mm plywood near the cutting machine at my local B & Q and they let me have it for £1! Result! (My offcut was 60cm H x 43 cm W. I had it cut in-store to 45cm H x 43 cm W).
- 2 x Addis sink savers. I got mine for £1 each from Morrisons but they should stock them in other large supermarkets and stores like The Range.
- Corkboard. I bought a cheap corkboard from The Range for £3.50, but if you have an old corkboard at home, cork placemats or floor tiles you could use them.
- 3 x Tippex bottle tops or similar tops for the Amp knobs. I spotted some cheap correction fluid bottles in Poundland. Again, you may have suitable bottle tops/caps around the house.
- 6 x 6mm wooden dowels.
- 4 x metal washers. (I think mine are 6mm). I found some in our garage.
- 50cm length of plastic cable/skipping rope/washing line. I found an old grey plastic skipping rope which would make a perfect ‘Amp cable’.
- Paint (silver, black, orange). I had some black and silver acrylic paint in the kid’s craft cupboard. I bought a tester pot of Valspar Celosia Orange Pantone emulsion paint from B & Q.
- Multipurpose filler (to fill the washers so they are easy to glue to the plywood).
- Thin hardboard or thick cardboard to make a badge.
Glue, scissors, ruler, Stanley knife, drill with 6mm drill bit, hacksaw or jigsaw for rounding off corners of plywood (optional), sandpaper to smooth rough edges of plywood, double-sided foam adhesive tape.
1. Prepare the plywood. Although not essential, I liked the idea of curved corners for my pinboard. I placed a £2 coin at each corner in turn and drew around them to form a curve. Richard cut the corners using his Dremel multi-tool but you could use a hacksaw or a jigsaw too.
2. Prime the plywood. Make sure the plywood is free from dirt and dust. Paint it with wood primer/undercoat according to manufacturer instructions.
3. Paint the plywood. I had black and silver in my craft cupboard, but no suitable orange paint. I picked up a relatively large Valspar Pantone tester pot in a fabulous shade of orange (Celosia orange). Paint the plywood with three coats of orange paint.
4. Make a surround for the control panel of the amplifier. Using one of the Addis sink savers, remove the mesh from the inside using a Stanley knife to leave the outer frame. Use a Stanley knife to remove the ridges from the underside of the mesh. Cut a section out of each side and then tape it together underneath to make a rectangle 36cm W x 12.5 cm H. Glue this to the plywood approximately 3.5cm in from each edge.
5. Paint the inside of the control panel black.
6. Add the pinboard (speaker) I bought a cheap pinboard, but you could also use cork placemats or floor tiles or something similar. Unlike the other Addis sink saver, don’t remove the ridges from the underside as they will help keep the cork in place once it has been cut to the correct size. My corkboard had a cardboard backing so I placed it cork side down on a table and placed the sink saver on top. Work out where the ridges are and using a pencil mark out the size of cork that would fit within the ridges.
7. Glue the corkboard and mesh to the plywood. Glue the corkboard to the plywood. Place a heavy book on top of it while the glue dries. Carefully add glue to the narrow strip of plastic on the inside edge on the underside of the sink saver (inside the ridges). Fix it to the corkboard.
8. Make a badge for the amplifier. Make a rectangular badge approximately 9cm by 5cm in size. I had some thin hardboard but you can use thick cardboard. Using a suitable font in Microsoft Word, print your child’s name on paper and cut it to the correct size. Glue the nameplate to the hardboard. Cut some double-sided adhesive foam to size and place it in the centre of the speaker mesh. Fix the name badge to it.
9. Measure and drill the holes for the knobs, switches and amplifier ‘cable’. Mark the positions for the 6 knobs and switches with a pencil. They should be equidistant. Mine were started 4cm from the inside edge of the control panel and were each 5cm apart. Mark the position of the hole for the amplifier cable, 2cm in from inside the top right-hand corner.
10. Add the knobs, switches and amplifier cable. Hammer the 6 dowels into the 6mm holes. Fill 3 correction fluid caps (the brushes are easy to remove) with enough glue so that they will fix into position once they are placed over the first 3 dowels. Paint the knobs and the 3 exposed dowels silver. The metal washers need to be filled with filler so that they can be easily glued in place around the dowel switches and around the hole for the amplifier cable.
11. Add the plastic rope/cable that will be the amplifier cable. I cut an old grey plastic skipping rope to about 50cm in length and threaded it through the hole I’d made in the plywood. You could use any old suitable cable or washing line rope. Tape the end of the rope in place at the back using gaffer tape.
Guitar Amplifier Pinboard.
The DIY guitar amplifier pinboard is complete and I’m really pleased with how it turned out. I made it as a surprise for Emily while she was away on holiday at a summer camp. She loves it.
As well as being a pinboard, you can also hang things from the knobs and switches. I plan to slot some mini bulldog clips over the switches so I can clip some paper to them to make a notepad. I attached a Sharpie pen to the end of the cable, so Emily can use it to write on the notebook.
Over to you.
Although there are a lot of steps to this project, it’s fairly easy to make if you have the right equipment and can get the folks at B & Q to cut your plywood for you.
What do you think? Have I inspired you to have a go? Do you have some funky pinboard ideas of your own?
Don’t forget to check out my Pinterest Board for lots of other great pegboard and pinboard ideas.
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this is SO cute – i wish i was this creative!
Thanks, Karen! I just need to hang it up now! It’s been propped up for weeks 😉
What a brilliant idea! I love the correction fluid caps, very creative! #HomeEtc x
Thanks very much! I really appreciate your comment. xx
Will you please stop making amazing things and making me feel woefully inadequate! Now I would like you to make cushions and a notice-board for my office!! :- ) #HomeETC
Just send across your requirements, Mrs C, and I’ll see what I can do 😉
You never cease to amaze me after all these years, to think it all started with the old cereal/egg boxes, I knew then you were destined for better things. X mum
Aw, thanks mum!
This is so cool! My son would LOVE me to make him one! #HomeEtc
Thanks, Julia! It really is a fun project to make and not too tricky if you can get someone to cut the plywood for you!
Just wow! I’m so in awe of all your crafty projects because you have such great vision and creativity!! Even using Pinterest for ideas I would struggle to carry them out X #HomeEtc
What lovely feedback! Thanks, Lins!
Jane, this is just brilliant – you have excelled here. I’m sharing post haste! #Home Etc
Aw, thanks so much Nicky! I really appreciate your lovely comment! Had I made the AMARA shortlist, this was the craft one I wanted the judges to see…And the cushions made out of ties I’m posting in the next week or so…As well as the Ikea Hacks I’ve already done and penpots, and cube shelves and DIY desks and, and, and…*POUTS*
Oh, this is amazing! This would go down a storm in our guitar loving household. #HomeEtc
Thank you, Catherine!
How original, Jane. You are brilliant at this sort of thing. I bet your daughter was thrilled.
Aw, Fionnuala, you made my day with your lovely comment. That means so much, thank you. 🙂
This is such a good idea! I love al these creative DIY ideas #KCACOLS
Looks great! I love how creative you are. I never would have thought of something like this and all of the details. I’m sure Emily must love it. #KCACOLS
Thanks, Nicole. I’m really pleased with how it turned out. Somehow, my frazzled brain popped up with the idea!!
OMG, this is ADORABLE!!! I mean, this craft really shows your creative streak and I absolutely love it. I think it turned out so well, and I hope Emily loves it as much as I do. I need to hire you to decorate my son’s room, ha! Thanks for sharing <3 #KCACOLS
Savannah, can I hire you to cheer me up?!! I’ve had one of those days where everything has broken or gone wrong and then I pop onto my blog and find your lovely, lovely comment! Suddenly my broken camera equipment, my broken alarm and the pile of housework I have doesn’t seem so bad! Thank you!
LOVE this!!! What a fantastic make!! I bet Emily is pleased as punch — such a cool idea! Caro x #HomeEtc
Aw, thanks Caro. It always means a lot when you like my stuff! Thanks for hosting.
Amazing and so cool 🙂 You clever, clever lady!! Love these and it’s so retro too xx
Ah, thanks so much Jess, it means a lot. I really enjoyed this make…I just need to get it on the wall! It’s where I left it after making it at the moment!!
Great job! I am not crafty in the least, however this is so well thought out and clearly explained. Thanks so much for linking up at #KCACOLS. Hope you come back again next Sunday
Thanks, Jen. I’m glad you liked it! Thanks for guest-hosting KCACOLS
Very creative! Looks great!!
What a creative and clever idea!!! The knobs and switches are perfect. #Trash2Treasure
What a wonderful effect and so original too. I love the idea and the way you have sourced so much for odds and ends. A great upcycle and a really useful pin board. the step by step guide is really clear, you clearly have an eye for design.
Thank you for sharing with me on #Trash2Treasure