How to Make a Homemade Cork Board


Gather reminders, favorite photos, memorabilia and notes on a framed corkboard that’s as attractive as it is handy. Turn an inexpensive cork sheet and a wood or metal picture frame into an organization center or memory board for your kitchen, bedroom, family room or garage. Designing your own corkboard will let you add dimensional embellishments or hand-painted designs to the cork or the frame itself to customize the look to suit your home decorating style.

Things You'll Need

  • Ruler
  • Scrap paper
  • Pen
  • Picture frame
  • Screwdriver
  • 1/2-inch thick cork sheet
  • Craft knife or scissors
  • Double-stick tape
  • Stickers or foam shapes
  • Acrylic paint
  • Paintbrush
  • Measure the wall, door, shelf or countertop where you plan to display the handmade corkboard and write down the measurements.

  • Rest a picture frame that suits the size of the space and the style of the surrounding room decor face down on a solid surface. Use a screwdriver to lift the flat metal prongs that secure the backing to the frame.

  • Lift the glass and particle board out of the frame. Discard or recycle the glass piece because it will only add unnecessary weight to the corkboard.

  • Place the open frame onto a 1/2-inch-thick sheet of cork. Use a pen to trace the opening of the frame onto the cork. Cut the piece of cork out using a craft knife or sharp scissors.

  • Replace the particle board backing in the frame and use a screwdriver to flatten the metal prongs to secure it.

  • Sit the frame face up on a solid surface. Affix the cork to the particle board backing with double-stick tape so it sits securely inside the frame.

  • Embellish the cork, if desired, by placing stickers or self-adhesive foam shapes in random spots on the surface. You also can use acrylic paint to apply text, patterns or decorative flourishes on the surface of the cork with a paintbrush.

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