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 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.

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

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    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.

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    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.

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

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

  • How to Make a Wine Cork Board

    Perfect for a kitchen or entertainment area, a wine cork board adds a decorative touch to organizing papers and making more room on countertops. The project also allows the connoisseur to show off a sophisticated taste in wine by displaying the corks on the wall. Some may not want to cover the corks with papers or photos, instead using the board as an art piece. Wine corks are lightweight ensuring the bulletin board will hang nicely in its chosen spot–and leaving no sour grapes!

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    Collect wine corks. Sort through them, tossing the plastic or torn ones.

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    Decide where the wine cork bulletin board will hang and cut plywood to size. Quarter-inch plywood works well, but anything thinner won’t hold much. Thicker wood may present problems if your desired hanging location is not on a stud.

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    Paint plywood before laying down corks (if you have chosen to do so).

  • Place the first cork in the middle of the plywood.

    Start in the middle of the plywood and work out, alternating between up, down and across. Brush down a liberal amount of glue on plywood and place cork on it. Make sure the winery name is showing, if that is what you want.

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    Making a pattern with the corks is a good idea.

    Place 2 corks sideways, then 2 lengthwise. This pattern is more forgiving and doesn’t require the corks be in a straight line, which given the nature of corks will save you major headaches.

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    Continue placing corks on glue, paying attention to the pattern. Is all the print facing the same way? Are winery names showing? Is the red wine stain adding to the look of the bulletin board?

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    Allow glue to dry for 2 to 3 days. Add any other embellishments such as molding for framing or a knickknack.

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    Hammer hanging hardware to the back of the plywood and the wall. Mark a spot on the wall for hanging, and drive in a nail or appropriate hardware. Hang the bulletin board, and use thumbtacks to attach photos, memos and other related items to the corks.

  • Need Things:At least 50 Wine corks (amount depends on size of bulletin board) , Glue , Plywood , Hanging hardware , Optional decorative touches such as framing and painting

    How to Hang Cork Board

    Hang cork board up on the wall and you’ll always have a place for organization. You can hang things you need like business cards, class schedules, notes, lists of phone numbers and e-mail addresses—anything you need instant access to. Simply pin and unpin any documents you need as they flow into and out of your life. Cork boards are easy to put up and create only two small holes in the wall.

  • 1. Use a measuring tape to determine how far down the wall you want to hang the cork board. Measure down from the ceiling or up from the floor. Mark the spot with a pencil.
  • 2. Hold the cork board up to the wall on the spot you marked. Determine how far to the left or right you want it to be.
  • 3. Hold the cork board securely in place. Use the pencil to make two marks on the wall, one for each hanger. Put the cork board aside.
  • 4. Screw a hook into the wall at each pencil mark. Raise the cork board up above the hooks. Slide the hangers over the hooks, and your cork board is ready to use.
  • Need Things:Measuring tape , Pencil , 2 hooks , Cork board