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Custom Cork Board – Tutorial – DIY Decorations

Custom Cork Board – Tutorial

My favorite part of the day is coming up with unique ways to make my office mine happy space, and what is better than a custom cork board!
I bought some round cork-board heat pads at IKEA a few months back. These are usually used as heat pads to set a hot-pot, pan or dish down and you don’t want to ruin your countertops.   They come in sets of 3 for maybe $2.99.Needle Ink and Thread - corkboard tutorial-1-9
However, I didn’t need them for my kitchen…When I was at IKEA, I thought to myself,” I would LOVE some unique cork-boards for my office. 
I have never really seen any circular note boards, this could be fun!”, then, I purchased a few packs, went home opened a pack, drilled holes in them and hung them next to my computer.
About a month ago, I was going through my supplies, taking inventory and found I had 2 more packs! I was giddy I had totally forgotten I had them.

You know how it is when you’re a crafter… it’s like finding a pot of gold!

About a week ago, I sat down with my acrylic paints and a pack of these round cork pads. Got to work transforming them into what I envisioned in my mind.

Quick Steps to Customizing a Cork Board

First, start out with white acrylic paint, this creates a primer coat.  Coat the cork with 4 even layers, or until you no longer see the brown cork peeking through.

Using acrylic paint, paint the front with full coverage.
Using acrylic paint, paint the front with full coverage.

You could also spray paint the cork! Might be faster!

Paint the cork until fully covered
Paint the cork until fully covered

Once the primer coats are dry, it’s time to start working on a design.  If you don’t feel artistically inclined, you could always use a stencil or if you have a Silhouette machine, you could have some fun cutting out some amazing images!

Now comes the super fun part! Painting your design, using your imagination and having fun!

Draw out your image on your cork
Draw out your image on your cork

**Please note, these will not work in the kitchen as a hot pad after being painted, the paint will burn!**

I didn’t seal the cork, but after the paint is dry; a spray clear coat  (if you want to), it would protect the paint a little more and add a pretty glossy finish.

The best thing about this project is it’s the only limit is your imagination.

Paint your cork design

This would be a perfect craft for kids to do!  Have your little artists, dip their hands in the paint for a custom handprint cork-board for grandma or grandpa for their birthday or holiday! Even a fun gift for your child’s teacher!

The possibilities are endless and so much fun for under $5.00.

The last step is how to hang this gem on your wall.

There are a few ways that you can make this look amazing, first, you could make a bow and attach via hot glue.  You can drill a hole in the top and nail or screw into the wall.  Or if you have any picture hangers, hot glue to the back.

Also, if you are planning to attach a backing to the cork to use hot glue, it will give your project the best stability.

In conclusion, I hope this helps give ideas for fun and interesting projects to do with your friends and family… or if you need some creative “you” time, this is the best way to zone out.


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The owner of Needle, Ink and Thread, Located in Kettering, Ohio. I love teaching, it really is my passion. The "lightbulb" moments are my favorite! I am so excited to share my passion for sewing, design, and art with you! I was also a former co-owner of Sew Dayton.

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