MAKE IT / 39

i saw an interior photo the other day of a little boy’s bedroom that had colorful skateboards hanging all over the wall. wouldn’t it be cool to decorate the boards with the fabric to match the room? or just be able to make your skateboard look exactly how you want? we used some fun marimekko fabric for our board…check it out!

what you’ll need:

• skateboard blank (available at skate shops)
• fabric, large enough to cover surface of the board (ours is a favorite Marimekko pattern)
• grip tape (also from the skate shop)
• PVA glue
• polyurethane (we used a semi gloss)
• sandpaper
• paintbrush
• scissors
• awl

• lightly sand the deck with a medium to fine grit sandpaper to help glue adhere to the deck.

• coat board with an even, light coat of PVA glue, lay fabric on board and smooth out any air bubbles working from the middle to the edge.

• when glue is dry trim excess fabric from the edges of the board. if you get your scissors situated close to the edge of the board you can find a little sweet spot to run the scissors so that they cut the fabric easily all the way around.

• take the awl and punch through the holes on the deck so that you know where to screw the hardware when you are finished covering the deck.

• seal the fabric with three light and even coats of polyurethane, letting each coat dry before applying the next.

– when the board is dry and sealed apply grip tape to the top of the deck. we chose to make a graphic pattern on our deck since we are casual skaters with few tricks in our bag. if you plan to use your board for serious ridin’ you may want to apply grip tape to the entire surface. there are some very informative youtube videos with tips on how to apply grip tape to an entire deck without air bubbles. if you our following our lead you simply need to peel the back off of the grip tape and apply like a sticker, taking care to avoid air bubbles.

when your deck is finished and you’re ready to roll, consult your local skate shop to the proper wheels and trucks to complete your project. they range greatly in price so it’s best to seek a little help from a pro.

project by: natalie shriver for designlovefest
photos by: kimberly genevieve
more DIY projects here


Add your own

    Chelsea says:

    What a fun idea, looks so great as well! x

    Sarah says:

    This is awesome! I don’t skate…but maybe I could have a board anyway?;) Just to try this project. I love it!

    Danielle says:

    this is probably one of my favourite projects!

    Chelsea says:

    How fun is this?! I love this California-cool post Bri and that board is so graphic. Obsessed!

    Chelsea & The City

    Stacy says:

    I had to take a second look and make sure that was you! I adore this look, where are those shorts from!

    Brittany H says:

    What what!!! OK! Totally digging the Cali post.

    maggie says:

    I don’t skate, but this is so rad.

    Kristina says:

    So cute! Would be great for a decor piece. My old skateboard is a little worse for wear and would look great fixed up and in my living room!
    xx http://enzaessentials.wordpress.com

    Love all of the components in this skateboard design. Fantastic color palette too 🙂
    xo, http://www.lilyonfillmore.com

    wow! how cool… this is so awesome that you made a skateboard. I would love to make one but we be so afraid to ride it! haha

    XO, Stefanie
    Life on the Squares

    adorable. you and the board.

    Haha amazing! If I wasn’t terribly afraid of riding skateboards (I fell off of one when I was 13 and broke my ankle), I would totally do this. Would make a great decor piece, and definitely a fun gift for my bf though!! 😀

    Thanks for sharing – love the photos. Bri’s shirt is awesome, and so is the board!

    Alex from http://www.polkadottedpixels.com

    giulia says:

    you look adorable as a skater and that is probably the prettiest board i’ve ever seen. <3 <3 <3

    lauren says:

    way cute! but come on bri, let’s see a video of you shredding up the streets.. with a proper helmet, of course.

    Jen says:

    @kristina great idea. i’m going to do this to one of my old boards and hang it up in my place

    How fun! Wish I could skate to have a perfect excuse to make one for myself.

    Signed says:

    I totally LOVE that last image – it’s totally California for me…. Is it weird I want that as a massive print? Does Kim sell it?

    Merissa says:

    Bri, I love your blog. You have great ideas, execute them with meticulous attention to detail, and I love how your personality comes through your photos and writing. But anyone that’s ever skateboarded would know that the bottom of a skateboard gets ruined, absolutely ruined from use. The fabric would be sliced and removed very quickly. This project would be awesome if it was painted instead!

    Anonymous says:

    This cute and all, but I assume you don’t actually plan on grinding anything. Your fabric would be shredded to bits after the first rail slide or kick flip. Maybe let’s stick to using it for decor?

    Anonymous says:

    Love this idea but (I’m assuming this is for decor anyway), the skateboarding community hates it when people carry boards by the trucks (the things that hold the wheels on) and the derogatory term for it is “mall gripping.” Also, as an anonymous and Melissa pointed out, the fabric would get shredded to bits. For a truly functionally diy gift to a skater, painting the board would be a great project!

    I like how you used the fabric on it insted of just drawing it up there good for you! I have a Skateboard and right now ots a blank canvas BUT!!!…not anymore thanks 🙂

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.