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Cork Board Crafts

Updated on July 10, 2012
Easily dress up your boring brown corkboard with these fun ideas!
Easily dress up your boring brown corkboard with these fun ideas! | Source

Cork board is a versatile crafting material that is inexpensive and can be used for a variety of crafts. Gone are the days of boring brown cork boards that, while useful, are a bit of an eyesore.

Give your old corkboard a new life:
Make your cork board stand out and be a part of your room's design, not just something you stick in a corner or behind your door. Here are a few simple projects to make your cork board a work of art!

A fabric covered cork board complete with a pocket
A fabric covered cork board complete with a pocket | Source

Fabric covered corkboard

1. Cut a piece of fabric to 2" larger than the size of your cork board on all sides.
2. If your cork board is attached to a frame, remove it and put it to the side.
3. Take your piece of fabric and stretch it over the cork board, stapling the fabric to the back of the cork board to secure (see image)
4. If your cork board had a frame, you may want to paint it a coordinating color to match your new board. Once it has dried, reattach your frame. Securing with glue or staples if needed.

Shaped Corkboard

Is your room full of funky flower prints? Are you a football fan? Or maybe you're looking for a unique monogram for your room? Cork board is easy to cut into different shapes, just trace or draw your desired shape onto the piece of cork and cut using a craft knife, following the lines.

If you have a thin piece of cork board, first cut out your shape onto a thick piece of cardboard and attach your piece of cork board using glue. Then follow the shape of your cardboard cut out and cut the cork to shape.

Now you can further personalize your cork board by painting it or covering it in fabric using the same method as above.

One idea is to wrap ribbon or string around the board and slip notes or photos in between
One idea is to wrap ribbon or string around the board and slip notes or photos in between | Source
A painted corkboard turned into a jewelry organizer
A painted corkboard turned into a jewelry organizer | Source

Corkboard Canvas

Give a new life to your cork board by painting it! Use a solid color, design or your own artwork and paint it directly onto the cork.

Jewellry Organizer

It's easy to make a jewelry hanger out of an old cork board. To keep your necklaces from getting tangled, damaged or lost - stick pushpins along the top edge of your cork board and use them as hangers for your necklaces. Make your cork board Jewelry organizer a piece of art by using a fabric covered or painted board using the methods above.

Corkboard Calendar

1. Pin or glue ribbons onto your cork board to form a grid
2. Write or stick numbers 1-31 onto push pins so you can move them around to suit each months. Alternatively, use blu-tack to temporarily stick numbers onto the board.
3. Optional: add in days of the week headings at the top of the grid

This would look fabulous on a fabric covered cork board. A cork board calendar is a simple way to keep track of your monthly events and to dos.

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    • kissayer profile imageAUTHOR

      Kristy Sayer 

      6 years ago from Sydney, Australia

      Thanks Virginia!

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      Virginia Kearney 

      6 years ago from United States

      Great ideas. I have a cork board in my craft cupboard that I may do that string idea on. Your variety of ideas is great. I'd love it if you could add some step by step pictures too.

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