Pottery Barn Inspired Oversized Flashcard Art

Welcome to Knocktoberfest, a blog hop featuring a bunch of amazingly talented bloggers, all doing their take on an inspiration creation of someone else’s – a.k.a a “knock-off.”  It is hosted by Lindsay of Makely Home. If you are arriving from Gina’s place at Shabby Creek Cottage – welcome!  And when you are done oogling at my project go visit Emily from Decorchick to see her project.  And if you want a whole lotta knock-off inspiration check out one of my other blogs, KNOCK OFF DECOR.

I have been putting a little TLC into sprucing up my kid’s playroom. You know…so it is is more than just a room that threw up Legos and Barbies. My sister-in-law actually wanted me to make her the oversized Pottery Barn Kids vintage flashcards for her playroom.  I did that this summer and had to make them for our playroom as well.  I love the clean look and how large they are – which covers a lot of wall on the cheap.

pbk knockoff flashcards

PBK Inspiration:


1×3” for the frames

1/4” plywood


Kreg Jig

Krylon Black Spray Paint

Cream paint

tape measure

Flashcard vinyl – available from Say it on the Wall


This was a super simple project especially when you buy the pre-cut vinyl from Laura at Say it on the Wall. I built frames like the PBK ones but you could always just get wood cut to size and add the vinyl and it would still look awesome.

1. I used leftover plywood from the cabinets I built in my studio and they were already 18” wide.  So I cut three of them down to 18” x 42” (slightly smaller than the PBK ones).  I then sanded, primed and painted them the same cream color as the trim in the room.

flashcards wall decor

pbkids flashcards

2.  I then cut two pieces of 1” x 3” to 45” and two to 16”.  I then used my Kreg Jig to make frames like I did for my magnetic wall kid’s art display and the fabric covered wrapped canvas frames.

oversized flashcards

3.  Then I sanded and spray primed and painted those Krylon Black.

krylon black frames

4.  The hardest part was lining up the vinyl perfectly.  I recruited my hubby to help with that part.  And then we just removed the transfer paper for perfect placement.

flashcard vinyl

flash card vinyl

5.  I used small screws to attach the luan to the frames on the back.  Doing it this way will make it stick out 1/4” from the wall.  One could router the frame to make it flush but that is more work and I am okay with the 1/4” gap. I then attached a sawtooth hangar on the back and hung.

sawtooth hangar on flashcard art

Easy peasy and a large statement for a playroom or kid’s bedroom wall.

pbk knockoff flashcards flashcards on the wall

vintage flashcard art

Details on this little bench I built tomorrow…


Go check out Decorchick to see her knock-off project.


  1. Carmel Phillips says:

    I had to do a double take – yours look so much like the PB version! Love this!

  2. Lindsay @ Makely says:

    These are FABULOUS, Beckie!!

  3. Ila Pilon says:

    Love these!!!

  4. Danee Kaplan says:

    I see so many BAD PB knock-offs but you did a great job.

  5. JackieHernandez says:

    Beckie, I love it! Such a great knock-off. You have inspired me to knock-off some Restoration Hardware flashcard art with words like brave and valiant for my boys!

  6. Shannon Melyayev says:

    Yours looks every bit as good as the originals. I’m inspired! :)

  7. Wow you did a fantastic job!! I love these :)

  8. This is such a cool idea.. Love it!

  9. Amy Kiker Bell says:

    I absolutely love this, Beckie!

  10. Suzie Dyer says:

    so cute!! would you tell me what kind of transfer tape you use?

  11. Library Lynn says:

    I am not a woodworker and am lazy, so I think I will see if I can buy suitable frames ready made and make the flash cards to fit the frames. Thanks for the great idea.

    • The cards are pretty big, but I am sure you could scale them down to fit a ready-made frame. That’s the beauty of it – you can make them any size you want! I’d love to hear how yours come out.

  12. Our Pinteresting Family says:

    These are amazing!! I love all your projects. :) You always share such detailed tutorials thank you always for sharing.

  13. what fun . . . but take it one step further! Make the flash cards so that the sum is a birth date!


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