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DIY Re-Purposed Corkboard

Yesterday was my last day at work until May 9th! I’m so excited to just relax before the wedding. I have a massage scheduled today and then next week, there’s some last minute stuff to put together and then it’s a pedicure on Thursday and manicure on Friday with rehearsal and rehearsal dinner then WEDDING next Saturday and then off to Turks & Caicos!! I cannot believe how fast its flown by! Please pray to the weather gods for me. As of now, next Saturday is supposed to be 65 degrees & sunny. Keeps your fingers crossed!

So, last month, while we were finishing up our mini office makeover, I really wanted to have a cork board in the office. I think it’s a nice way to hang up notes & reminders and occasionally, some photos! All through college I had the same one that I moved around with me and it finally ended up in a closet in our house because I didn’t have anywhere to hang out. Good thing I didn’t throw it away because I knew that I’d use it someday!

I hate the way cork boards look. They’re pretty much an eyesore on the wall so I turned to my BFF, Pinterest, and found some really neat ideas. I used the idea from Two Twenty One. Seriously, what did we do without Pinterest??

You can do this with virtually any cork board! It’s really simple and it takes about an hour to do. I don’t really suggest doing it in one night though (like I did) because your thumbs and pointer finger get REALLY sore pushing in all the thumbtacks. I’m stubborn and I hate finishing things halfway so I did it all in one night. My fingertips weren’t happy with me the next day :)

I used a glue gun for the first time in my life with this project (I never owned one before, either!) and man, not only were my fingertips sore, I think I burned every finger using the hot glue gun. Yeeoch!

Anyway, hope you enjoy this little tutorial on how to jazz up a boring cork board – if you have any questions, ask them below! But please check the previous comments to see if your question has already been answered :)

The supplies you’ll need. Your cork board, fabric of your choice (mine was 1 yard), spray adhesive, glue gun, and 200 thumbtacks

Spray the entire surface of the cork board with your spray adhesive. Then you’ll want to place your fabric over the cork board and smooth it out so there’s no air pockets. Press down firmly to make sure it sticks to the cork board.

If there’s too much fabric, you can give it a trim. I left a 4-5 inch border around each side to make sure I had enough fabric to fold back behind the cork board at the end.

Once you’ve got the fabric adhered onto the cork board, you’ll see the outline of the cork board.

Find the inner edge and start pushing thumbtacks in, one after another, close together, along the edge, to create a faux nailhead detail.

Once you’re done with the front and your fingers don’t hate you anymore, put some hot glue on the backside of the cork board. Working quickly, tug the fabric tightly and fold it back onto the hot glue. Repeat for all 4 sides.

I then took 2 screws and screwed them to the back of the board and attached a wire to them so I could use that to hang it!

And that’s it! You have yourself a pretty cork board that is no longer an eyesore!

Carla @ Carlas Confections

Tuesday 23rd of April 2013

So cute! And I love that those studs are just thumb tacks. They look way fancier than that :D LOVE it!

Nutmeg Nanny

Monday 22nd of April 2013

This is so cute :) way better than the original! I love this

Stephanie @ Macaroni and Cheesecake

Monday 22nd of April 2013

This is super cute! You did such a great job!


Sunday 21st of April 2013

Very cute! Thanks for sharing! I may have to make these for the lake house. Then my daughter and two nieces could hang cute tid bits in their room without making pin holes on the walls! I wonder if my thumbs could handle making 3 of them?

Erin @ Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts

Friday 19th of April 2013

Cute! I have been wanting to do this for in my entry way. We can't hang anything on the fridge, but I feel like I should display some of my kids artwork and test scores. Never thought of it for my office too!