Wake and Whimsy

Corkboard Makeover

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Although I have owned this cork board for years, I’ve never really wanted to hang it on the wall due to its shabby appearance. But, since it was still usable, I refused to go spend a lot of money for a new, more fashionable one. So, I gave it a makeover and turned it into a functional piece of art–the best of both worlds.

For this project, I went for classic geometric shapes. They are less likely to go out of style in a year, unlike chevron or something similar. But really, the possibilities are endless. Just think of it as a blank canvas.

I used electrical tape to avoid messy lines, and I painted the typical wooden border a clean white to make the colors pop. This also gives it a more modern look.

Updating the push pins was a cinch. I used some beautiful cardstock paper and a craft puncher. After punching out a ton of little butterflies, I attached them to the pins with a dab of Gorilla Glue. Cork boards are a lot more fun when you have butterflies holding up your memos. There are a ton of different things you could use for the pins: buttons, fabric flowers, plastic googly eyes…it all depends on how creative you want to get. Just make sure you either use hot glue or super glue. Anything else probably isn’t strong enough.

If you are planning to use light colors, be prepared to put on 2-3 coats. The cork really absorbs the paint quickly. Darker colors only need 1-2 coats. Just remember to let it dry completely before taking the tape off. This is terribly difficult for people such as myself who crave instant results, but it’s worth it if you want the clean, straight lines.

I hope you enjoyed this quick and easy craft! How will you update your old cork board?




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