Ladybug Advice Board

By Emily on January 14, 11

We recently threw a baby shower for Laura’s sister, with a lady bug theme.  As a gift to the parents-to-be I wanted to make them an advice board that guests at the shower could write little notes and words of advice.  Then they could hang in the baby’s room as a reminder of the shower and so that they had some words of wisdom when they were feeling overwhelmed.  It ended up being a huge hit, and the board was full of advice cards by then end of the shower.

We even made a little sign to let everyone know what to do!

One of the little girls at the shower had the most adorable piece of advice for the parents-to-be!

Here is a quick tutorial on how to make the board…hope you all enjoy!


  • Cork Board
  • Quilt batting (I use whatever I can get on sale!)
  • Fabric of your choice (ironed to remove all fold lines)
  • Ribbon
  • Staple Gun & Staples (I use ¼”, but it will depend on the type of cork board you use)
  • Upholstery Decorative Nails (Since I wanted ladybugs I glued buttons onto tacks instead, but nails look really nice as well)

The amount of each item that you need will depend on how big you want your board to be.


Measure and cut the quilt batting so that about 1.5” hangs over the side of the cork board.  This does not have to be exact, an estimate is perfectly fine, you can always trim any leftover batting.  Make sure it is pulled tight, then turn the board over and staple the batting to the back of the board, pulling it around the sides.

Lay the board on the fabric, batting side down, and cut the fabric to fit the board.  Again, make sure that there is enough space on all sides to staple it around the back.   Staple the fabric all the way around the board at 2” intervals, with extra around the corners.  Make sure you pull the fabric tight while stapling.

Next, you will start attaching the ribbon to the board.  First measure out two pieces that go from one corner to the other, crossing each other in the middle of the board.  You should end with a big X across the front of the board.

Staple the ribbon onto the back of the board

Next, cut 4 pieces of ribbon so that the each meet at the center of a side on the board.  Staple each piece around the back of the board, pulling tight.
Cut 4 pieces to go around the corner.  Each piece would be stapled to the back at the mid point of the current ribbon pieces, closest to the corner.  See picture below for what it will look like after you are done.

Finally, cut 4 more pieces. These pieces will run parallel to the initial cross from the corners, and will each end crossing over the edge in the same spot as the ribbon that was placed in the previous step.

The final step is to place an upholstery nail every place that 2 ribbons meet.  The board will then be ready to hang pictures, cards and anything else that you would like on it!

Hope you all love it!


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4 Responses to “Ladybug Advice Board”

  1. [...] Here is a quick tutorial on how to make the board…hope you all enjoy! One of the little girls at the shower had the most adorable piece of advice for the parents-to-be! Materials: Ladybug Advice Board | Five To Nine [...]

  2. Malisa says:

    Fab, fab, fab, idea. I have always wanted one of these boards and you have inspired me to try and make on. Thank you!

  3. Michelle says:

    How cute! Love the ladybugs and what a great way to involve the guests! Thanks for linking up with DIY under $5!

  4. Lisa says:

    And I love it! You did such a great job on Claire’s gift. It looks great in her room. We put some of our fav pics on it too.

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