How Do You Make a Padded Cork Pin Board?


Instead of displaying a plain, old-fashioned corkboard on your walls, make your own chic version using a decorative fabric and an old bulletin board or artist's canvas. A layer of batting behind the fabric gives the pin board a padded look; add upholstery tacks or strips of ribbon for a deluxe version.

Corkboard Transformation

Step 1: Cut the Batting

Cut a piece of fabric batting so it is at least 4 inches wider and longer than the cork board.

Step 2: Cut the Fabric

Cut a piece of decorative fabric to the same size as the batting.

Step 3: Line Up the Materials

Place the fabric face-down on a clean work surface, smoothing it out flat. Set the batting atop the fabric, lining it up with the fabric.

Step 4: Center the Bulletin Board

Center the bulletin board face-down atop the batting.

Step 5: Start Folding

Fold one side of both the fabric and batting over the back of the bulletin board. Secure the materials with staples every 2 inches or so along the back of the bulletin board. Repeat the process on the opposite side of the bulletin board.

Step 6: Staple, Staple, Staple

Fold the batting and fabric over on the two remaining edges of the bulletin board, stapling them in place as well.

Step 7: Manage the Corners

Fold and tuck the corners of the fabric and batting neatly over the back of the bulletin board, stapling them in place several times. Tuck the corners as if wrapping a gift box.

Step 8: Trim Excess Material

Trim excess fabric and batting, if necessary, to neaten the back of the bulletin board.


  • To use an artist's canvas in place of a bulletin board, purchase a roll of cork and cut a piece -- or several pieces -- to cover the front of the canvas. Use a spray adhesive to secure the cork to the front of the canvas; the cork gives pushpins something to stick into. Wrap the canvas in batting and fabric as you would with a corkboard, stapling the materials to the wooden stretcher bars that serve as a framework for the canvas.

Things You'll Need

  • Fabric batting
  • Scissors
  • Decorative fabric
  • Staple gun
  • Upholstery tacks (optional)

Dress It Up

Secure parallel strips of ribbon on the diagonal to dress up the pin board, adding a means to display pictures and postcards without poking holes in them. Staple or glue the ends of the ribbon to the back of the pin board; then use decorative tacks every 4 to 6 inches along the lengths of ribbon to add a quilted effect. The tacks may be used without the ribbons as well, for a tufted look. Hammer the pointed ends down sideways on the back of the bulletin board to prevent scratches on the wall. Decorative tacks may also be used around the perimeter of the front of the pin board -- ideal for upcycling a corkboard that has a basic, uninteresting frame around it. Place the tacks just inside the frame for a stylish look that also helps keep the fabric in place.

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