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Wednesday, May 11, 2011

{DIY framed corkboard}

When I made these coat hooks for my mudroom, I knew I needed something to go above them to fill that empty space. I thought it would be nice to have a place where I could leave messages to my kids on their way out the door, or a note for my husband to see on his way in or out.

I thought a cork board would be perfect, but I didn't want to spend a lot of money, so I came up with an answer...a DIY cork board made from an old frame, including the glass! I {LOVE} it!  I spent less than $8, and it's exactly what I wanted!

 DIY Framed Corkboard

  • frame with glass intact (or piece of cardboard cut to fit frame)
  • roll of cork, or cork squares
  • E-6000 liquid adhesive
1.  Remove glass from frame and set aside. My frame was navy blue, but I wanted it black, so I spray painted it first and let it completely dry.

2. I bought my roll of cork for $7.99 at my local grocery/retail store, and I happened to find it there by accident. I headed to Micheal's to see if it would be cheaper, and it was almost twice as much! So, if you buy it there, take a 40% coupon for sure. You could also buy the cork squares, if you knew they would fit into your size of frame. Lay out your cork, then place the glass from your frame on top of it. Trace around it with a pen, then cut carefully cut it out. The cork I bought was thin, so I needed 3 layers to make it thick enough for a push pin to go through it. If you don't have the glass to your frame, you can use a piece of cardboard.


3. Apply the E-6000 carefully to the glass, making sure to get to all the edges and corners. I chose E-6000 because it worked well with glass. I wouldn't use Gorilla Glue, because it foams up, but there are probably other adhesives that would work too. Lay the cork on top of the glass, making sure to line up the edges. Press firmly, moving your hand all across the glass. Add any additional layers you need. The glue takes 24 hours to completely dry.

4. Place your cork-covered glass back in your frame, along with a piece of cardboard to cover the glass, and you're set to go!

5. Flower pushpins make the perfect accessory to your new cork board. You can make these flowers, or these flowers, and hot glue them to silver tacks.



Anonymous Anonymous said...

wish I could find that cork in the roll, I've never found it,, this is a real winner,,

May 11, 2011 at 9:23 PM  
Blogger Briana said...

That is SO cute! I love how everybody has their own hook!

May 11, 2011 at 9:33 PM  
Blogger Janet said...

Off topic but not, I love how the girls pegs are overflowing, and the boys pegs have just one each! LOL!!!

May 12, 2011 at 12:58 AM  
Blogger Yvonne said...

Very cute. You are so clever.

May 12, 2011 at 7:00 AM  
Blogger HOOTENANNY...Jennifer Jacks said...

Your projects are always great! I made a cork board once before and thebpush pins wouldn't stay...I should have layered the cork...I needed that tip 3 yrs ago! Thanks
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May 12, 2011 at 1:35 PM  
Blogger Connie the crafterbug said...

I like this, it is really cute!

May 13, 2011 at 4:52 PM  
Blogger Heather Mullin said...

I love this! It is so easy and adorable!

Heather Mullin

May 14, 2011 at 3:21 PM  
Blogger Rhiannon said...

I love this, it made me smile because last month I made one for my sister, but just used the cardboardy/wooden back as the pin board and covered it with fabric and some ribbon to hang cards on. But now I can see how it should look and feel sorry for my sister :)

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May 14, 2011 at 3:22 PM  
Blogger Lissa said...

So so cute! I just posted my bulletin board rescue - not a from scratch one like yours but it turned out pretty cute, I think.

May 14, 2011 at 10:39 PM  
Blogger Erin said...

Just completed this project. Great idea. Beats spending the $175 on pb kids for the same size corkboard. I wanted a really large one for the kids playroom. You really have to cut perfectly though. I have one edge that is a little ripped. But otherwise it looks great! Thanks!!!

January 22, 2012 at 4:37 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm loving the unexpected flower details on this board! You should totally enter this project into Craftbaby's DIY a Corkboard Challenge


August 2, 2012 at 10:48 AM  

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