Monogram Corkboard

Monogram Corkboard

Monogram Corkboard

Monogram Corkboard How-To
1. On your computer, download and print any font or letter you want to use for your corkboard. Enlarge to desired size. Cut out letter to use as a template.

2. Trace letter onto fiberboard. Use jigsaw to cut out shape. Sand edges to smooth.

3. Attach a sheet of cork to the front of the precut letter using a spray-mount adhesive on both the corkboard and fiberboard letter.

4. Cut out the cork into the proper shape using a utility knife.

5. Add color by using either a stain or by priming and painting the cork. Let dry.

6. Once letters are dry, add a matching twill tape to the edges using fabri-tape.

7. Attach ring hangers to the back.

Tools and Materials
Homasote fiberboard (1/2-inch piece)
Jigsaw
Sandpaper
Pencil
Cork
Spray-mount adhesive
Utility knife
Stain, primer, or paint
Paintbrush
Twill tape
Fabri-tape
Ring hangers

Fabric Covered Corkboard

Kids are more likely to be enthusiastic about schoolwork when there is a specific place for them to do their homework. Set up one of these fun-looking portable homework stations in your child’s bedroom so they can keep all their school supplies and notes in one place.

This is the perfect project for a tween or preteen to do on his/her own, but a younger kid can assemble his or hers with the help of an adult.

Fabric Covered Corkboard

Fabric Covered Corkboard

Check out all of our back-to-school ideas including more crafts, great lunch recipes and fun printable activities. We’ve also got great educational tips for parents.

What you’ll need:

  • Corkboard with wooden border
  • Thin piece of fabric, large enough to cover cork
  • 2 sheets of felt, one white and one that compliments the color of the fabric
  • 1 sheet of felt in a color that contrasts with your fabric (for child’s name)
  • Liquid gesso
  • White acrylic craft paint
  • Scissors
  • Felt glue
  • White craft glue
  • Strong craft glue (recommended: E-6000 Craft Adhesive)
  • Acrylic sealer spray
  • Craft knife

How to make it:

  1. Paint the border of the corkboard with 1-2 coats of gesso and let dry.
  2. When dry, paint the border with white paint. Add a second coat if needed.
  3. Spray border with acrylic sealer spray and let dry. 
  4. Meanwhile, measure the corkboard section by laying pieces of paper over the cork area. Trim to fit and then tape the pieces of paper together where needed. This will serve as a pattern for cutting your fabric.
  5. Lay your fabric, wrong side up, on a clean work surface. Lay your paper pattern onto fabric and use a pencil or chalk to lightly trace around the paper. Cut out the traced piece.
  6. If necessary, iron out any creases in your fabric. Set fabric aside.
  7. Cut one piece of felt into a 6.5” x 5.5” rectangle and another piece into a 5” x 4.5” rectangle.
  8. Place the smaller piece of felt on top of the larger piece. Position so that the bottom and two sides have the same amount of space showing (approximately ¾”), the top should have more felt showing from underneath. 
  9. Using felt glue, attach the smaller piece to the larger piece.
  10. Glue the top section of the larger piece of felt onto the smaller piece of felt by folding it down toward you. This creates the top flap of the pencil pocket. Set aside to dry. 
  11.  Using alphabet cookie cutters to trace child’s name onto felt using pencil. Cut out the letters. 
  12. Place the cork board onto the work surface. Place the fabric face up on top of the cork. Use a strong craft glue (such as E-6000 Craft Adhesive) to attach the edges, corners and the middle of the fabric to the cork.
  13.  Have an adult use a craft knife to either trim the edges or tuck them under the wood border. 
  14. Pipe white craft glue along the edges of the fabric next to the wood border. Line the glue with ribbon to cover up any edges or fabric fray. 
  15. Turn the felt pencil pocket upside down and line the bottom and sides with glue. Do not put glue across the top, this is the opening of your pencil pocket. Glue the pocket to the fabric cork board.
  16. Glue the fabric letters to the fabric cork board and let everything dry before hanging.

Tips:

  • E-6000 and felt glue are both available from craft supply stores. White craft glue can be used in place of both, however white craft glue has a tendency to soak into felt and may require multiple applications.
  • A butter knife can be used in place of a craft knife to tuck fabric edges under the wood border.
  • Liquid gesso is a craft medium that will help paint adhere and will eliminate the possibility of paint flaking off.

Children’s Art Projects Using Corkboard

Stimulate your child’s creativity with art projects that use corkboards. A corkboard is a great medium to work with and takes on many forms. Whether you breathe life into your old corkboard or purchase a new one at your local craft store, help your child create art to display in your home or a gift for a friend with an art project using corkboard. 

Children's Art Projects Using Corkboard

Children's Art Projects Using Corkboard

  • Corkboard Hearts

  • Show a friend how much you care with a corkboard heart. Regardless of age your child can complete this project with ease. To create your corkboard heart you will need a corkboard, scissors, glue and a variety of embellishments. Use whatever embellishments you have on hand, such as glitter, feathers, markers and paint. To make your corkboard heart, draw a heart on the corkboard. Cut out the heart, then glue various embellishments on it. Get creative with your heart and use a theme to decorate it. Use your corkboard heart to house pictures, lists and important items, or wrap it and give it to a friend as a gift.

    Fabric Covered Bulletin Board

  • Add life to your dull corkboard and create a fabric covered bulletin board. You will need a corkboard bulletin board and a piece of fabric that is at least 2 inches bigger than your board. For example, if your board is 11 x 13 inches, you will need fabric that is 13 x 15 inches. You will also need a glue gun, so adult supervision is recommend for this project. To create a fabric covered corkboard, simply separate the corkboard from the frame and cover the corkboard with the fabric. Fold the fabric over and glue the edges on the back of the board. Then reattach the board to the frame. Paint the frame or write out your name on felt and glue it to the board. Add embellishments to make your board stand out.

    Monogram Corkboard

  • Display your child’s initials or create a personalized gift with monogrammed corkboard. You will need a letter stencil or computer to print out your own stencil, corkboard, scissors and embellishments. To create your monogram, tape your stencil to the corkboard and trace it. Remove the stencil and cut out the monogram from the corkboard. Use embellishments to decorate it. Get creative and paint your monogram or glue feathers, glitter or rhinestones to it.
  • Uses of Corkboard

    Corkboards come in various sizes and can be cut into different shapes. They are useful in the office as well as around the house. Young kids enjoy working with the material because it bends easily and is too soft to cut them. It can be painted, glued, decorated and written on with permanent marker. Attach other containers to the cork and use it for storage.
  • Cork Board Organizer

  • Before throwing away that old corkboard in your office, consider offering it up to your tween and teen girls for organizing and recycling. If a frame doesn’t already surround the cork square, create a border by painting the edges with a desirable color. An old picture frame also works for this step.

    Tell your girls to save the sanitary napkin boxes. They make ideal storage units for items often owned by girls of this age. The boxes come in various sizes and have bright packaging colors. Encourage the girls to cover the lettering on the boxes with patterned wrapping paper or to decorate white copy paper with markers or paints. Geometric shapes, stripes and polka dots make interesting designs. They can also use a solid color paper and stencil the words of that section’s items on the paper. Glue the boxes to the corkboard and allow time to dry before using.

    Stuff the storage units with their pens, pencils, rulers, paper clips, staples, beads, hair ties, buttons, stamps, cards, ribbons and pins. Art supplies, sewing thread and needles and tape also fit well.

    Cork Animal Coasters

  • Encourage your children to find an old piece of corkboard around the house and turn it into a collection of animal-themed coasters. Push them to stretch their imaginations and compile different groupings of animal species. For example, they could do an aquatic animal collection, rain forest grouping or African safari selection. Find photos of the animals they wish to re-create.

    Remove the cork from its frame, if there is one. Allow older children to use a sharp knife or scissors to cut through the cork. Help younger ones carve out the shapes.

    Household Storage and Decoration Tips

  • Divide corkboards into pieces of different sizes and shapes and use them in the bathroom and dining areas. For the bathroom, determine whether you’d like a large or small size board for the wall. Take into consideration how many items will need to be hung up on the mat. Hair bands, elastics, clips and jewelry are suitable items. Use thumb tacks and small hooks for securing the objects.

    For the dining room, have your children make place mats, a creative and entertaining project. Have markers, stickers, paint and glitter on-hand to decorate the cork. Give children the option of cutting large pieces of cork into object shapes. Playground balls, a favorite stuffed animal, sports equipment, a party hat and houses are all appropriate forms. Instruct kids to paint their names on the cork and date the mats on the back. The place mats will provide fond memories of good times together when they are older.

  • How to Use Corkboard for In-Home Decor

    Corkboards are the durable workhorses in home organization. They do everything from displaying a child’s latest painting to providing a home for that all-important post-it-note reminding you about your car’s oil change. However, cork doesn’t have to be strictly utilitarian. Corkboard can be a custom, beautiful addition to any decor.

  • 1. Cut the corkboard so that it will fit into your frame.
  • 2. Cut the fabric. You can either use leftover fabric or buy some new fabric. Be sure to have enough fabric to cover the corkboard and have an inch of excess fabric on every side of the corkboard.
  • 3. Lay the fabric onto the corkboard. Pull the fabric taut, and be sure to leave an inch of excess fabric on each side. Use a fabric adhesive to glue the fabric onto the board. Iron out any bubbles that are under the fabric. Staple the fabric along the edges of the corkboard; these staples will be covered by the frame.
  • 4. To adhere the fabric-covered corkboard to the frame, lay the frame face down. Once the fabric has adhered to the corkboard, slip the board onto the back of the frame. Nail the corkboard to the frame.
  • 5. Attach picture hangers to the back of your corkboard so that you can display it on your wall.
  • How to Make a Cloth Covered Corkboard

    Corkboards are a great place to post messages or reminders to yourself and your family. They can also serve as a holding place for pictures, tickets and important notes. Although corkboards are practical, the corrugated brown material they’re made from can be unsightly. Covering it with cloth will usually do the trick. Making a cloth covered corkboard is one of the easiest projects you can complete in an afternoon. It adds a personal touch and can bring great decor to any room or home office space.

  • 1  Choose a thick fabric. The thicker the fabric, the better it will cover up the corkboard’s texture.
  • 2  Figure out what size corkboard you want. Rolls of corkboard are usually about 2 feet wide, but if you want a corkboard that’s wider, mount the strips you cut out onto a piece of cardboard. For example, if you want a 4-foot-by-4-foot corkboard, roll out two 2-feet wide corkboard pieces and mount them onto the piece of cardboard.
  • 3  Roll out and iron the corkboard. This makes it flat and easier to work with.
  • 4  Using the Exacto knife and ruler, measure and cut the size and shape corkboard you want.
  • 5  Attach a hook to the upper back side of the corkboard. This will allow you to hang it up. You can also tack string or ribbon to the corners of the corkboard and hang it that way.
  • 6  Measure the piece of corkboard and cut out a piece of fabric that size, leaving an extra 2 inches on each side.
  • 7  Fold those extra 2 inches over the edge of the corkboard.
  • 8  Smooth out any air bubbles in the fabric, and glue down the edges.
  • How to Build Display Cork Board

    Children proudly bring home hundreds if not thousands of priceless school achievements and artwork. Naturally, parents want to encourage their children’s learning by displaying these treasures. The refrigerator is plastered full. How to display them? Build a cork board display strip. Make several and build a Wall of Fame. Here are steps to make classy wooden display strips.

  • 1. Cut lumber. Cut to desired length.
  • 2. Router Insert. Measure thickness of cork board material. Set the depth of cut for the router equal to that measurement. Use the Router with straight bit to cut out a 2 inch width down the center. Leave an inch on each end for mounting to wall. 1″x4″ lumber is actually 3 ½”. Center will be 1 ¾”. Rout from ¾” to 2 ¾”.
  • 3. Router Edge. Change to your choice of edge routing bits. The one in the picture was made with a Roman Ogee bit. Rout all four edges for a professional look.
  • 4. Finish Wood. Sand, paint or stain wood to match its display surroundings. Seal with a polyurethane finish.
  • 5. Insert Cork Board. Cut cork board material 2 inches with razor knife and straight edge. Add a thin layer of wood glue. Press cork into insert.
  • 6. Mount. Mount to wall.
  • 7 .Display. Buy a box of push pins and proudly display child’s work for all to see.
  • How to Make a Homemade Cork Board

    Gather reminders, favorite photos, memorabilia and notes on a framed corkboard that’s as attractive as it is handy. Turn an inexpensive cork sheet and a wood or metal picture frame into an organization center or memory board for your kitchen, bedroom, family room or garage. Designing your own corkboard will let you add dimensional embellishments or hand-painted designs to the cork or the frame itself to customize the look to suit your home decorating style.

  • 1. Measure the wall, door, shelf or countertop where you plan to display the handmade corkboard and write down the measurements.
  • 2. Rest a picture frame that suits the size of the space and the style of the surrounding room decor face down on a solid surface. Use a screwdriver to lift the flat metal prongs that secure the backing to the frame.
  • 3. Lift the glass and particle board out of the frame. Discard or recycle the glass piece because it will only add unnecessary weight to the corkboard.
  • 4. Place the open frame onto a 1/2-inch-thick sheet of cork. Use a pen to trace the opening of the frame onto the cork. Cut the piece of cork out using a craft knife or sharp scissors.
  • 5. Replace the particle board backing in the frame and use a screwdriver to flatten the metal prongs to secure it.
  • 6.  Sit the frame face up on a solid surface. Affix the cork to the particle board backing with double-stick tape so it sits securely inside the frame.
  • 7. Embellish the cork, if desired, by placing stickers or self-adhesive foam shapes in random spots on the surface. You also can use acrylic paint to apply text, patterns or decorative flourishes on the surface of the cork with a paintbrush.
  • How to Decorate a Cork Board

    Unsightly cork board can easily be renovated to become a decorative background for a memos and pictures. This hassle free do-it-yourself project is one that can be completed in an afternoon and is a great project to do with kids.
    Since cork board come in all shapes and sizes, the instructions for this project is specifically for how to decorate the cork board. You will have to measure the dimensions to get the right amount of fabric and ribbon.

  • 1

    Protect area. Lay out newspaper to protect the work surface prior to spraying the adhesive.

  • 2

    Measure fabric. When measuring the fabric to fit the cork board, allow a 2-inch overlap in order to staple edges to the back side.

  • 3

    Spray adhesive. Spray a generous coating of adhesive onto the cork board. Center the fabric and begin smoothing into place starting in the middle and work your way to the outer edges. Pull fabric taught.

  • 4

    Staple. Turn the cork board to the back side and staple the edges to the back.

  • 5

    Add ribbon. Pre-determine the placement of the ribbon by setting them into a criss-cross pattern. Secure by using straight pins, allow an extra 2 inches to overlap on the back side. Turn over, then staple the ribbon to the back.

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    Place embellishments. Place upholstery tacks where the ribbons intersect.

  • How to Make a Cork Board for Home or Office

    Cork boards are both functional and handy. They are a very helpful device for keeping life organized and stress free! Leaving messages for family or coworkers has never been so easy, and nor does it have to be boring–here are some ways to spice up a cork board.

  • 1

    Purchase a cork board in any size you like. Most cork boards come in large sheets and may need to be cut down to fit the size of space you will fill. Cork boards are relatively inexpensive and come in a typical brownish color which can be changed with a simple piece of fabric.

  • 2

    Fabric will improve the look of your cork board in no time. Choose any one that goes with the theme of your room. Make sure the fabric is not too heavy or bulky so it will cover the board nicely without bumps.

  • 3

    Place the board facing up on a table. Position a sheet of felt or batting on the board and cover with your chosen fabric on top. Now, turn over the board, wrap the excess fabric around the sides and start stapling around the edges. Begin stapling all four corners first, and then continue around the sides.

  • 4

    Another way to dress your board up after adding a great fabric is to place it in an open frame. Finding an inexpensive frame can be as easy as visiting your local antique store. Or another inexpensive frame solution is placing something that ties in with the room theme such as sea shells or tree branches around the edges of the board.

  • 5

    You can also make a frame for your board with strips of dense foam wrapped with fabric. Choose a different color or pattern than what is used for the board itself. This will make the board more interesting and unique.