Monday, August 12, 2013

Framed Corkboard {Delightfully Creative}

I recently posted this project at Bugaboo, Mini, Mr & Me for Kimberly's Gift-It Series. Posting it here now in case you missed it! Be sure to check out the rest of Kimberly's Gift It series, featuring handmade gifts for every skill set.

My niece recently turned nine-gah! Where did the time go? She is officially a Tween-and a tween she is! 

Last year, she got a grown-up desk and some new room accessories. This year, she received some new, more grown-up bedding that she picked out herself. But her walls, are still glittered with her Harry Potter artwork and a hand-drawn map of her own imaginary land she created. Love that girl.

I decided to make her a fun cork board on which she could hang such artwork and her fun, fashion designs and of course, photos of her favorite Auntie (err, only Auntie, but who cares?) I made it to match her new bedding.

I've seen many way do make such a board, but I decided to go my own route and make one that requires no sawing. Anyone can do this!

All you need is:
  • A16x20 frame
  • Cork (I used 2 sets of cork squares from Walmart-they are a little pricier, but they are thicker and sturdier than most cork sheets.)
  • 15X20 Foam Board
  • Fabric (2 yards)
  • Hot glue gun
 How To:

Step 1-Prepare your frame. Thrift stores sometimes have fun, fancy frames for a cheap price. You can spray paint it any color you want. Fortunately, I found one the exact color of turquoise I needed at Hobby Lobby for half off! It already had the hardware to hang the frame too, so keep that in mind! You may have to add hardware if your frame does not have it.

Step 2-Cut cork to size.
Because I used the 12x12 cork sheets, I cut them into four sections to get 16x20 worth of cork. Don't worry about the creases in between the pieces-they will not matter in the end. In fact, I do not recommend using a cork roll for this. It is less expensive, but it is thin and will tear easily. It is not thick enough to make a cork board-you will need several layers. Trust me, I tried it first!

Step 3-Hot glue cork pieces together. First, I glued each pair of sizes together to make the pieces double thick.

Then, I glued the pieces together onto the foam board to create the 16x20 piece of cork.

The foam board is essential because it creates sturdiness. If you forget the foam board, the cork will fall apart! You can probably get away with only using one set of cork squares with less thickness, but pins might nit stick as nicely.

Step 4-Wrap cork and backing in fabric.
Wrap the fabric TIGHTLY, like you're wrapping a gift and glue down the pieces that overlap in the back-do not glue down the front! That will make it bumpy and difficult to pin things.

Step 5-Glue cork and backing to frame.
The fabric-wrapped cork and foam board will fit tightly and nicely into the frame. Run hot glue (quickly before it cools!) around the inside edges of the back of the frame and press the cork and backing in firmly.

And there you have it-a super-cute cork board!

It's a great Tween gift, but will work for anyone if you change up the style of frame and fabric...even guys!

Delightfully Creating,
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  1. Very cute! I love that fabric too. Now I know what I'll be looking for at garage sales...frames! I'm visiting from the Craft-O-Maniac link party.

    Christy @ Creating a Beautiful Life

  2. Wow! That’s a clever idea! Love it! Thanks so much for sharing the great tutorial! Would love to have you visit my blog sometime.
    Have a fabulous week!
    Hugs and love from Portugal,

    Ana Love Craft

  3. This looks awesome!!! We would love it if you would link up at our linky party:
    Live every Wednesday to Sunday.
    Hosted by: Parrish @ Life with the Crust Cut Off Dana @ This Silly Girl’s Life
    We hope to see you there!

  4. So creative! Thanks for sharing.


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