Make your own cork board
We get so many funky old frames at WIN that I felt inspired to make a cork board out of one. It was pretty easy and I love the final result! There are so many frames to choose from.
What you will need:
Corks or flat cork sheets
Any size frame that has no glass in it
Gorilla Glue and water (having it in a spray bottle helps). Read the directions on the glue bottle. Alternatively, you can also use a glue gun (wear gloves when you use glue)
A sharp kitchen knife to cut the corks
You can see here that I used a white frame. The green really gives it that pop of colour and updated look I was after. Some things to think about when you are spraying are:
1. Spray with a little distance from the object and sweep the paint across your frame. If you get too close, you will get drips. Also, it really helps to do a couple of coats and let it dry and then spray again for the desired effect. Protect the things around you since the spray does travel a bit. Wear clothing you don’t mind getting paint on.
2. Wear a mask or do this in a well ventilated area (preferably outside) and wear gloves.
Directions to make the cork board:
1. If you can’t collect enough corks on your own you could ask a local restaurant if they have any extras. Generic corks can also sometimes be purchased at craft supply stores or winemaking shops. If you want to make a very quick version, you can buy sheets of cork at most hardware stores and glue it on the frame. Office supply stores often carry cork in squares that can be cut with an x-acto knife to fit your frame. Be careful if you choose this option because cork does break easily.
2. I used whole corks (cutting them takes a lot of time but if you do cut them in half, you only need half as many). There are lots of great pattern ideas on the internet. I liked the simplicity of lining them up.
I laid them out first and discovered that they didn’t fill edge to edge and decided to cut the ones on the edges to fill in the spaces. I just eyeballed it. I highly recommend laying out your pattern ahead of time.