A DIY Cork Board Design
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While brainstorming ideas for this project I came across so many other ideas that were incredible! It really took some time coming to any conclusions on what I wanted mine to look like.
What really defined it however, is my choice of color palette. I was leaning toward soft colors, like peach and seafoam, when I got the idea to do gold and white. (I really like gold…) It came together easily after that!
Are you interested in making one too? It is so simple and fun!
Designing a Cork Board
What you will need —
- Cork board (I chose a cheap version from Walmart)
- Rustoleum Spray Paint Paint + Primer, (make sure it bonds to plastic)
- Stencil of your choice (or make your own like I did)
- Fiskars Fingertip Craft Knife, optional
- Acrylic paint
- Fabric paint
- painters tape
- yarn in a natural fiber, like cotton or linen
Basically, this is what I used but don’t hesitate to be inventive and do things your own way!
Planning Your Design
- Choose a color palette
- Choose a stencil/theme
Once you’ve decided on your design, your ready to get started.
1. Spray paint the cork board.
Spray paint your cork board with the kind that bonds to plastic. To be frank, I have done very little spray painting in my life, but I know the basics. From my limited experience, I say that this spray paint could afford to stick a little more because I ended up having to use some white acrylic paint to touch up some places that rubbed off.
I gave mine about two coats and was going to a third when it began to rain. So I said, “Eh, two’s enough.”
It’s ironic, but I painted over the cork as well but covered the back to leave as is. I don’t know, I guess I felt painting the back would look like I was too cheap to do detail.
-Spray Paint on the Cork
I wasn’t really sure how the cork would respond to the paint but it really turned out well. It did have a tendency to show the layers more, like coloring with marker, and I went across it with more care than I did the border. But pins still make it through, paint and all!
-Masking off the Back
If you want to mask off the front, or the back, what you can do is use painters tape and create a border. I used a small plastic trash bag and taped it down to cover more thoroughly. The feeling you get when you pull away the tape and plastic and reveal the untainted surface and the crisp lines is pretty nice. There’s nothing like clean edges!
2. Choose a stencil
You can use an already made stencil by purchasing one in a craft store, or you can make one like I did. It’s a little more complicated but still fun.
-Making your own Stencil
First choose a design. Keep in mind how it will look once it’s cut out and used with paint. Though I wasn’t intending to go marine with this one, I ended up choosing a shell stencil over flower or greenery.
Next, print it on cardstock paper. I filled a typical sized piece of printer paper with the image and then printed it out. Use a blade like Fiskars Fingertip Craft Knife and cut out the stencil.
3. Painting on the stencil
Line up the stencil how you want it to appear. I had to chop some sides off of my stencil to get the shell to lay just right.
I had intended to use the fabric paint for this as well as the dots around the frame and only outline it, or maybe brush it on, but it didn’t respond well so I found some gold acrylic and used that instead.
Paint it on as heavy as you like. I put on three coats.
Go ahead and touch it up if it needs it.
4. Dotting with fabric paint
Use fabric paint to put random dots around part of the frame. I wanted to balance the design so I only dotted about 3/4 of the top and side.
What I first noticed with the fabric paint is that it was cloudy. As with most paints and glues, the finished product is different than when it first goes on. I was very pleased to see the cloudiness fade as it dried. What I wanted was sparkling gold, and that’s what I ended up with.
5. Making a Cord
You can hang the cork board as is or hang it from a cord. For reasons I will discuss in a later post, I wanted to be able to turn it around with ease, so I chose to hang it from a cord.
-How to Make the Cord
Choose a yarn with little pill. I wanted the impression of rope or twine so I went with a cotton and linen mix. Follow my tutorial for How to Make Twisted Cord. My cord measures about 32 inches.
This is the back where the cord hangs from the hooks that were intended to be nailed into the wall. Works like a dream!
And that’s about it! I love how it all turned out. Especially that shell! I can’t wait to put it to work.