Cork Tut

Cork. As in corkboard. Tut. As in tutorial.


If you read yesterday you saw the corner redo. Seeeeee:

Part of the corner redo was to have a corkboard to put inspiring things on. Who wants a pain ol brown corkboard? Not this lady. Not for myyyyy corner. Any bulletin board in myyyyy corner must be fantastic! Or at least not a warped old one. Which was what I found in the garage. (Bless my husband for keeping a corkboard from 1994).

So here’s what you need:

~ol busted corkboard (or new cheap one. Whatever you’ve got.)

~frame of whatever size (mine is 16 X 20)

~fabric (enough to cover)

~hot glue gun (or glue or some other sticky thing)

~scissors and razor or some other sharp thing

Note: These photos are lousy. It’s a long story involving a divorce and a camera I don’t own. Moving on. (I’ll have a nice camera. Someday.)

First order of business is to dismantle the frame cause all you need is the frame itself not the back or the glass.

Next on the list: cut the cork to size. I used the glass from the frame (which I’m not using in the finished product) and a razor blade to make a perforation. Be careful not to cut your finger off.

Once you have a guideline you can pretty easily break the cork with your hand. Or foot if you’re feeling karate style.

If you mess up like I did. You have to do it twice.

You may need to shave the edges down a bit. BE CAREFUL NOT TO CUT YOUR FINGER OFF. (I know probably none of my readers are in kindergarten but just in case). Now make sure you can get the cork in the frame.

Press your fabric really well. Then lay the cork on top of it and cut roughly around leaving a half inch or so. Make sure your fabric is ready to go cause once you bring the hot glue gun into the relationship you are committed. (This is not a picture of that. Because I am an idiot and I deleted that photo.)

Here’s where the hot glue gun comes in. I couldn’t take a picture of this because I was holding a HOT GLUE GUN and they are HOT. Like FIRE. And the glue dries quick. But just lightly make lines of glue on the cork and then quick like a bunny flip it over and lay it on the fabric. Then quick like a bunny flip it back over and smooth it out. NOTE: DO NOT put globs of glue. They will show through the fabric and look STOOPID. Don’t ask me how I know.

Then smush it into the frame. If you cut it like I said to it should fit pretty dern tightly and require nothing to hold it in (that staple you see was already there and when I tried to take it out I stabbed myself. So I left it.). You can trim the leftover fabric now. If you want. Oooor just be lazy like me and leave it.

Note: this is from 1994.

Optional step if you’re worried about the back… Cut a piece of fabric to size and glue it on the back to cover the raw edges. I did not do this and no one knows. Well except for you now. Don’t tell. I didn’t do it because frankly I love this fabric and I didn’t want to waste it where it wouldn’t be seen.

And you’re done.

Hang it up and get some pins if you like. I picked theses fancy schmancy ones. Cause I’m Fancy.

(I’m so NOT fancy.)

And add something that inspires you .


And there you have it.

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4 Responses to “Cork Tut”
  1. liz says:

    super duper cute!

  2. Crafty Cousin says:

    Good Lordy, Lil! I didn’t mean for the following to be so long, but hey, when juices flow, they flood!

    Was your board made with only materials you had on hand, making it a real recycled functional art? After I rattled all the following down I thought…. “Linda, she’s probably trying to not buy anything new.” Well, for what it’s worth, here goes:

    Hey, I have some optional info, if you do this again, like maybe for your daughter????

    Option 1:
    Buy a can of spray adhesive. It comes in light tack, repositionable and not repositionable. It’s like spray rubber cement. (Probably not so good for the lungs – do outdoors). Does it have to be “Green”? Lay out the fabric and spray lightly and it will mount the fabric so it stays in place and does not shift around. Stop here, or read on…. O_O

    Option 2:
    Want it “plushier”? Get a thin layer of quilt batting a little larger than the corky part, spray, mount, spray fabric (same size as the batting), mount to batting. It will be a little “shifty” because the middle of the batting isn’t “glued”. Wrap and secure the edges of batting and fabric. Push in to frame and stop here. Or…… read on 0_0

    Option 3 – a whole different direction:
    My bulletin boards are so picked apart and warped, that if I were to do this, and I might….. I would get some cork squares, like 6, mount to some corrugated cardboard. I’d eliminate the frame unless you are really lucky, and have one that matches the corks, or you can cut down the cork, but I don’t like waste when you purchase something. Actually, now that I think about it, 3 or 4 in a straight line horizontally would make the most of pinning up directions and inspirations. You could even to a diamond pattern of 4. The possibilities are only limited by your imagination or lack of further inspiration! Stop here or, whatever, you know where it’s going! o_O

    Option 4:
    Pad the cork board with batting, cover with cloth wrap around neatly and hot glue on to the backing. Add ribbons in a crisscross diagonal pattern, make them taut, hot glue and staple the ends on the back.
    Next, secure the area where the ribbons cross. Is “junction” the right word for that? If so, put a dab of hot glue there and put a fancy-schmantzy push pin in the ribbon junctions. If you do it when the glue is not cooled, it might hold the pin in. The pin alone is probably not strong enough to stay stuck in if your batting is too thick. Have a staple gun? Use a long staple, short ones will pop right out, then glue a flower, button, or other trinket (I can just see those little sunglasses buttons) in the junction. Maybe take the center of the flower out and staple it over the junction then glue a fun button in the center of the flower. I have to stop thinking here. I’m feeling the urge to start another craft!

    The final thing is to mount it. Hmmmm. No frame to add mounting hardware. Ideas needed! I’m not real good at logistics.

    My first idea was to hot glue a ribbon or wire loop so it pokes out enough for ease in hammering in the hanger. Put one in 2 or more places, depending on the dimensions. Then Staple it in. Now you have surface tension and a stabilizing staple to reduce the surface amount of pull from the weight of your board.

    OR….. If you have some grosgrain ribbon or some fabric, glue in several (2 or more) places vertically, and tack with staples. Use a ring or large washer, (or whatever will work for you) to push the ribbon/fabric strip through and stitch, pin, whatever you need so that you can hang it by the ring.

    Man, Joni.. My head is spinning! I have been wanting to make a magnetic bulletin board for a few years now. I went to a cheap dollar type store and bought a set of square copper colored range burner covers (an old cookie sheet or jelly roll pan will work too as long as there is a handle with a hole in it so you can hang it when done). What I’m thinking about (and I have no reason to believe it will work) is take 2 cork squares and 2 covers to make it. The cork squares are pretty thick and are probably the same profile as the covers. How to put it all together has not be figured out. I’ll have to dream about it.

    Well, I have to get to bed. If I don’t I’m sure I will find myself rummaging for scraps….

    Love you and your bountiful brain!

    • mommabare says:

      Yes what you said about using what I had. But all great ideas. I made the padded version for Kelsey for her room a couple of years ago. I love the ribbon concept but I was being cheap. You’re super crafty. I wish I could make tiny food like you.

  3. Love this! Must do myself. :)

    Just discovered your fab blog and will be back!


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