Instead of hanging a plain cork bulletin board on the wall, add fabric and batting to make a padded bulletin board appropriate for use in the home or office. Choose from a variety of fabric types, and add decorative accessories for a personal touch.
1 Measure the cork bulletin board, and cut out the desired fabric three inches larger than the board itself. Set the fabric aside.
2 Cut out the fabric batting two inches larger than the cork board. Set it aside.
3 Place the batting on the counter, and center the cork board, right-side down on top of the batting. Fold one edge of the batting over the board. Secure the batting to the board with the staple gun. Next staple the opposite side, and work your way around the board.
4 Place the fabric on the counter, right-side down, and center the batting-covered board on top of the fabric.
5 Tightly pull the fabric up and over the board and secure it with the staple gun. Repeat with each side, tightly pulling the fabric before stapling it down.
6 Check your work and trim off excess fabric once you have finished stapling.
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
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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)
Paint the border of the corkboard with 1-2 coats of gesso and let dry.
When dry, paint the border with white paint. Add a second coat if needed.
Spray border with acrylic sealer spray and let dry.
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.
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.
If necessary, iron out any creases in your fabric. Set fabric aside.
Cut one piece of felt into a 6.5” x 5.5” rectangle and another piece into a 5” x 4.5” rectangle.
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.
Using felt glue, attach the smaller piece to the larger piece.
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.
Using alphabet cookie cutters to trace child’s name onto felt using pencil. Cut out the letters.
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.
Have an adult use a craft knife to either trim the edges or tuck them under the wood border.
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.
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.
Glue the fabric letters to the fabric cork board and let everything dry before hanging.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
Prepare you supplies. Lay them all out on a sturdy table or workbench.
Take your cork board and cover it with the fabric of your choice. Fold the fabric over the edges and use double-sided tape to stick onto place.
Staple the fabric close to the edge of the cork board but not on the edge. (this keeps the fabric from fraying and tearing). Remove the double sided tape if you chose not to staple through the tape. Cut excess fabric off.
Cut matching strips of Velcro and place on your new fabric covered corkboard. Do not remove sticky backing just lay out where you want velcro to go.
Now that everything is in place, open up your fabric glue. Snip off top as directed. Pin the Velcro into place. This keeps everything in place while you glue the pieces into place.
Remove the pins from a Velcro strip. Take the backing off the velcro, place dots of glue onto the sticky part of velcro, attach to fabric. Press into place. Repeat with remaining Velcro.
Decorate with ribbon around edge of fabric, simply glue into place.