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How to Create an Idea Wall

Creating a wall to post ideas on is a great way to promote creativity. Learn how to create your own idea wall with these easy step-by-step directions.

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  • Time

    Under Half Day

  • Price Range

    $100 - $250

  • Difficulty

    Easy to Moderate


Step 1: Hang OSB

Locate and mark the studs in the wall where the idea board will hang.

Position the oriented strandboard (OSB) on the wall and drive screws through the OSB directly into the studs.

Note: OSB is a good choice for this project because it is less expensive than finish-grade plywood and will be completely covered by other materials.

Step 2: Cut and Hang Foam Panels

Cut the foam boards to the desired size, if needed. Mark the position of the foam boards on the OSB.

Use contact adhesive to attach the foam panels to the OSB: Spread the adhesive on the back of the foam panels and on the OSB where the panels will attach. Let the adhesive dry until tacky, the adhere according to the package instructions. Be careful to position the board perfectly before letting the two surfaces touch.

Step 3: Cut and Hang Laminate

Use the same procedure to apply contact adhesive and adhere the metal laminate to the OSB. Wait for the adhesive to dry completely before peeling off the protective coating from the laminate.