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Cork Board

Here’s the tutorial for the Cork Board.


You’ll need:

  • Buy the least expensive wooden frame you can find. (Or, I guess, plastic or metal would work great too.) The one I found was just wood, no glass, no paint, no backing……..making it very inexpensive.
  • Fabric to cover the entire frame, and around the edges. If you decide to use a huge frame, make sure you have enough fabric to cover it. (These really can be made in any size.)
  • Mod Podge and brush
  • Coordinating ribbon, if desired
  • Cork Board, (Mine came on a roll, was pretty thin, and didn’t cost much.)
  • Hot glue gun
Lay your piece of fabric down and lay the frame down over it and trim the fabric down to size. You’ll want enough fabric around the all the edges, to be able to fold it around to the back. Then cut out the center, cutting about a half inch from the inside of the frame. (Leaving enough of a lip to fold over the wood and hide the edge.)


Now, apply the Mod Podge to the front side of the the frame and lay your fabric down, smoothing all of the bubbles and creases.


Then, cut squares out of the corners of the fabric, lining up your cut with the edge of the frame. This will allow for a nice corner when you fold the fabric over.


Now, apply Mod Podge to the sides and fold over the fabric and smooth it down tightly. Do this to all 4 sides and then apply more Mod Podge to the back as you secure down the loose edges.


Now, make diaganol cuts into each corner of the inner part of the frame. Apply Mod Podge to the inner frame and smooth the fabric down and tuck it to the back of the frame.


Now, Mod Podge over all of the fabric and smooth any bumpy spots with your fingers. Let the frame dry completely.


Next, measure a piece of cardboard to fit snugly into the back of the frame where a picture would set. Make sure the cardboard is bigger than the frame opening and goes to the edges of the frame, nice and snug. Then cut a piece of the cork to the same size. You might have to cut 2 pieces of the cork and double it (like I did) if your cork is thin. Hot glue the cork layers together with a minimal amount of glue and then glue the cork to the cardboard.


Now apply glue to that inner lip of the frame, making sure to keep that sticky hot mess away from the front of the frame, where you will see it after everything is put together if you’re not careful. Place the cork in place and press firmly. You are about done. You can now apply ribbon or accessories of any kind.


*NOTE* If your frame was a basic piece of wood, there probably isn’t any hardware to hang it from. I bought a package of 5 Hammer Sawtooth Hangers at Wal-Mart for about $1. They look like this…….


Measure to the find the middle of the frame (so that it hangs straight) and hammer it right in.


Now place your new Cork Board on your desk or hang it on your wall and pat yourself on the back. Not too bad, right? Enjoy.


Ashley Johnston

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Ashley Johnston is a professional DIY costume maker, sewist, crafter, and owner of Make It & Love It. She is a mom of 5 and a wife to a very patient (with the craft clutter) husband. In case you’re wondering, she always chooses crafting/sewing/designing over mopping/dusting/wiping base boards……but bathrooms/laundry/full bellies are always attended to. Whew!

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