How to Make a Fabric Covered Bulletin Board

There is no need to buy a bulletin board when you can make your own! Making your own bulletin board is fun, and you can be as creative as you want with it. Design your board to be any size and make it any color you would like. This is a fun, easy craft that you can do with your kids as well.

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    Get a piece of thick corrugated cardboard, any size you want. A good size for a small board is 18 by 24 inches. You can cut it out of a cardboard box or buy a sheet at a paper store or online. If you want it to be more durable, use plywood that is 3/8 to 1/2 inch thick. Don’t make it too thick or it will be heavy.

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    Find a nice, thick fabric and cut it so that it is 2 inches longer than your cardboard or plywood on each side. So if your board is 18 by 24 inches, your fabric will need to be 22 by 28 inches. To prevent the fabric from fraying, apply white glue around the edges.

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    Wrap the fabric tightly around the plywood or cardboard, but not too tight. Make it tight enough so there are no bumps or gaps in the fabric. If you’re using cardboard, hot glue the fabric to the board around the perimeter at the back of the cardboard, where the fabric wraps around. If using plywood, you can use thumbtacks or a staple gun to attach the fabric. Make sure the staples are short enough so that they don’t penetrate the other side of the board. Tack or staple every 2 inches or so around the board.

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    Add a decorative frame to your bulletin board if you like. For a plywood board, make the frame out of pre-primed pine molding, about 2 inches wide and 5/8 inches thick. Cut the pieces to fit your board, and paint or stain them before attaching with short nails. For a cardboard bulletin board, simply cut strips of cardboard, paint them and hot glue them around the edges.

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    Hang a plywood board as you would any heavy painting. Attach a hanging device to the back, which can be purchased at a hardware or department store. To hang a cardboard bulletin board, simply tack it to the wall on all four sides of the board.

  • How to Buy Bulletin Boards

    Bulletin boards have risen above the mundane. Manufacturers are making stylish bulletin boards with more features for indoor and outdoor use. They come equipped with lights, locking doors and fabric-covered boards instead of cork-covered ones. Buying the right bulletin board comes down to defining its purpose.

  • 1  Be realistic about the size of bulletin board that’s needed. Although a small one may take up less space, it also can easily become cluttered and disorganized. Save small bulletin boards for simple tasks, such as posting daily messages. Large bulletin boards measuring 36 inches wide or more work well for organizing memos and other items for big projects.
  • 2  Create any size bulletin board by using cork panels. The panels often come as squares measuring 1 foot, and they are applied to a wall using adhesive tabs.
  • 3  Look for fabric bulletin boards if cork boards seem too casual for a setting. Things can be posted on fabric bulletin boards using pushpins or hook-and-loop fasteners.
  • 4  Post activities on outdoor bulletin boards that are covered with locking doors and impact-resistant acrylic windows. Make sure the doors are equipped with a foam seal to protect posted items from the elements.
  • 5  Light up a display with indoor bulletin boards equipped with double doors and concealed lighting centered over the door opening.
  • 6  Choose combination boards for more versatility. Combination boards often include a cork board on one side and a chalk or marker board on the other side. These are useful for creating a stationary display on the cork board while being able to easily write and erase information on the other side.
  • Homemade Corkboard

    Cork can be purchased in rolls, as cork tiles or in sheets. This project calls for rolled cork so that the size and shape of the corkboard can be customized. Decorative touches, like the molding that makes the frame, and the paint colors you choose can be tailored to meet any décor. The double thickness of cork ensures that both thumbtacks and pushpins can be used. This simple project can be completed in a couple of hours.

  • 1  Determine the size and shape or your finished corkboard, and cut a sheet of plywood that corresponds to those measurements. Smooth the edges with sandpaper and paint one side. The painted side will be the back of the corkboard, so painting is optional.
  • 2  Cut two pieces of cork the same size as the plywood. Use scissors or a box knife to cut the two pieces to size.
  • 3  Use a caulk gun fitted with a tube of construction adhesive to squeeze a bead of glue on the plywood. Make squiggly lines of glue on about one-third of the plywood.
  • 4  Press one sheet of the cork into place on the wood. Use your palms or a rolling pin to flatten the cork into place. Wipe up glue that squeezes out.
  • 5  Repeat the process with the second sheet of cork. Place a bead of glue on the cork that’s already been pressed into place, and then smooth the second sheet over it.
  • 6  Measure for a border for the corkboard and cut decorative molding to those lengths. Miter the corners by cutting them at a 45-degree angle so that they fit together to make a frame.
  • 7  Paint the frame pieces and glue them into place with the construction adhesive. Use caulk to fill any gaps at the corners of the frame where the mitered cuts meet, and touch these corners up with paint if necessary.
  • 8  Turn the corkboard over and measure 4 inches down from the top on two opposite sides. Install a screw eye at each spot. Tie one end of a piece of picture wire into one of the screw eyes by looping it through the eye, pulling the end back toward the wire and twisting until it’s secure. Pull the long end of the wire to the other screw eye and secure it.
  • Cork Board Bulletin Board Ideas for a Girl’s Room

    A girl’s bedroom is a special place where a girl can simply be herself. As much as possible, this room should be a reflection of who she is and what she likes. To help organize this personal space, a cork bulletin board is a great way to hold photographs and other notes and mementos. This cork board can contain personal artifacts, while functioning as an attractive accessory in the girl’s room.

    Cork Board Bulletin Board Ideas for a Girl's Room
    Cork Board Bulletin Board Ideas for a Girl’s Room
  • Fabric Boards

  • For an easy way to add interest to an ordinary cork board, try adding your favorite print of fabric. To add the fabric to the board, cut a piece to a size that is approximately 1/2 inch longer than the cork size on all sides. Fold your fabric under that extra 1/2 inch and press flat with an iron. Position your fabric in place over the cork, and staple in place with a staple gun. To hide your staples, hot glue ribbon trim around all edges.

    Collage Cork Board

  • A great way to personalize a cork board is to make it into a fun and feminine collage. This board can then function as a piece of wall art all on its own if you don’t want to pin other materials to it. Cut out favorite photographs, magazine clippings, Internet printouts and any other decorative materials and position on your board. You can simply pin this in place to cover the cork, or glue in place with hot glue.

    Painted Board

  • Get creative by adding a hand-painted touch to your cork board. Choose water-based paints, such as acrylics or tempera to apply a base coat and to add your personal artwork. If you are not comfortable free-handing your designs, try using a stencil or trace a printed image. Before you begin painting, you might want to sketch out your design with a pencil.

    Decorative Frames

  • To turn your cork board into a work of art, try adding a decorative frame. You can either create one with pieces of wood, a router and a miter box. Or, you can repurpose an old frame and place your cork material inside. Consider adding a personal touch to the frame with paints, glitter and gemstones for a girly touch.
  • Cork Bulletin Board with Aluminum Frame

    Cork Bulletin Board with Aluminum Frame

    Designed to last with fine grain, high quality, resilient cork that withstands repeated tacking. Cork is laminated to durable sealed fiberboard. Includes mounting hardware.

     Product Specifications
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    Cork Roll

    Natural rolled cork for hobbies, crafts, bulletin boards, and home, office, or school projects. 3 32″ thick. No. 266: 2′ x 4′ No. 268: 2′ x 8′ No. 272: 1′ x 2′

    Cork roll is quite thin and soft, so it is fragile. However, if one cuts it carefully and adheres it well, it gives a cushioned surface to which one can pin things, or in my case, where one can work on projects and do very light, occasional cutting. I regularly paste paper to cardboard on this surface, with the cardboard on top. The slightly soft cork gives gentle “fingers” that help to press the surfaces together better than a hard surface would do, and also it has no splinters or hard bumps.

    Make Your Own Amoeba-shaped Cork Board Photo Frame

    There was a fair lass from New York.who made a big board out of cork.She pushed in some pins and then for the win, she filled it with pictures of Bjork.

    Ye olde cork bulletin board: rectangular, drab, so very office-y. And yet, so very useful! So handy for keeping notes and tidbits of info! What to do, what to do?

    Make a blobbity multi-layered extra-functional-yet-stylish amoeba board, that’s what! With frames that you can slide photos in and out of whenever the heck you want. Yessir.

    Looks good, works well, no trapped-in-a-cubicle vibe — it’s a winner.

    Before doing anything else, unroll the cork and lay it flat. Weigh it down by putting heavy books on top, or roll it up in the opposite direction and secure with a rubber band. Let the cork rest for a bit while it releases its curl and flattens out. Continue reading

    Corkboard Crafts

    Corkboard Crafts
    Corkboard Crafts
  • Corkboard is a versatile and inexpensive material that you can use for a variety of crafts. Aside from its creative wall art possibilities, it is also useful for hanging notes and photos. If you have an existing corkboard, you can decorate it with paint or fabric to give it a new look. Or, you can purchase a roll of cork from most arts and craft suppliers and let your imagination run wild. With a little creativity, you can create one-of-a-kind corkboard pieces.

    Monogram Corkboard

  • Personalize a piece of corkboard by turning it into a monogram of your first or last name’s initial. To make your monogram, trace your letter’s shape onto a piece of cardboard or fiber board. Cut out the letter with a craft knife. Use spray adhesive to attach your sheet of cork to the letter cutout. Cut out the cork to the shape of the letter. Personalize your monogrammed corkboard by covering it with paint or fabric. Once your corkboard project is complete, hang it up on the wall and cover with pinned photos, mementos and notes.

    Fabric-Covered Board

  • A little fabric can turn a drab corkboard into a work of art. Cut a piece of corkboard to size, then cut a piece of fabric so that it will cover your piece of corkboard. Leave approximately 2 inches of extra material on all sides of your cork. Use a staple gun to attach your fabric to the cork, pulling it taut over the underside of the cork. Cover your board in contrasting fabric prints and colors to add visual interest. Attach strands of ribbon in a criss-cross pattern over the front of your corkboard with hot glue. You can tuck notes and photos into the corners of the ribbon.

    Picture Frames

  • To make a corkboard photo frame, cut a piece of fiber board and cork to the same size. Cut out the center of your corkboard with a craft knife so that it is approximately ½-inch smaller than your photograph on all sides. Use hot glue to attach your piece of cork to the fiber board, leaving the top edge of your cork unglued. This will allow you to slip your photograph in place and exchange it with new photos when you want. You can also use sheets of thick corkboard to make mats for existing photo frames to add interest to your picture displays.
  • How to Make a Cork Framed Menu Board

    Do you collect wine bottles and cork? Are you looking for a use for the extra corks you have lying around the house? By creating a cork framed menu board out of recycled corks and a chalkboard, you can keep your love for cork and wine alive and have a handy reminder on hand to keep you on track with your food menus for the week. This lovely cork framed menu board is not only practical it is also a lovely decorative piece to your kitchen or dining room area.

  • 1  Take your hammer and nails and install two triangular hooks into the back of the chalkboard.
  • 2  Find a location on your wall where you want to hang your cork framed menu board.
  • 3  Take your ruler and measure the exact inches between the triangular hooks.
  • 4  Take your ruler and mark lightly with a pencil on the wall where you will need to place the nails.
  • 5  Hammer two nails into the wall to hang your cork framed menu board.
  • 6   Wipe all corks down with a damp cloth and allow to dry completely.
  • 7   Xacto knife.On your cutting board, take your Xacto Knife and cut each cork in half.
  • 8   Chalk board.Take your small chalkboard and wipe it free of dirt, chalk, dust and debris.
  • 9   Hot glue gun.Heat your hot glue gun and insert a glue stick.
  • 10  Take each cork piece and apply hot glue to the flat side of the cork.
  • 11  Apply each cork piece glue side down and in a horizontal pattern against the trim of the chalk board.
  • 12  Press each cork down firmly.
  • 13  Allow the corks to adhere to the chalkboard for two hours.
  • 14  Hang your cork framed menu board in your desired location.
  • 15  With your chalk, write out the menu for the day.
  • How to Design a Corkboard

    Corkboards make great message centers in an office or kitchen. They can hold notes from teachers, your child’s soccer schedule and recent artwork. Cork tiles are a great and very flexible way to add a message center to your home with no restriction on size. You can fit your corkboard into the space you have available with very little cost. You can also add a lot of creativity to the project by adding paint and a frame to customize your corkboard.

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    Determine what size corkboard you would like to hang. Measure the wall. Cork tiles come in 12-inch by 12-inch squares or 24-inch by 24-inch rectangles. You can cut tiles to size if you have a specific measurement in mind.

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    Prime the cork tiles with spray primer. Apply the primer outside to avoid ruining furniture or floors. Use a back and forth motion to completely cover the tiles with primer. Allow the primer to dry.

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    Paint the tiles using acrylic paint and a foam roller. Roll on two coats of paint, allowing the first coat to dry completely before applying the second. Allow the paint to dry.

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    Hang the cork wall tiles using double-sided foam adhesive.

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    Hang a frame around the perimeter of the tiles. Most craft stores carry frame kits in varying sizes so that you can customize it to the size of your corkboard. You can also have a frame made to your specifications at any framing store. Because the corkboard will be subject to constant handling, use finish nails to tack the frame into the wall so that it will be sturdy.