July 19, 2013

Easy Framed Cork Board {+ Quick Push Pins!!}

Over the past year, I've SLOWLY been working on my craft room/guest room. And, today's tutorial, an easy framed cork board, is my newest craft room addition. Every little bit, I make small changes to the space, so I haven't been ready for a big "reveal". BUT...the reveal is FINALLY coming in the next couple of weeks. One project left, and I'm calling it done! Stay tuned for that :). 

This project started when I received a fun package in the mail from Elmer's and X-ACTO, with products to try out. This gripster X-ACTO knife and self-healing mat plus cork foam board, to be exact. I've never used the cork foam board, but it is SO COOL. The cork isn't flimsy like other cork products and it cuts easily with an x-acto knife. Plus, the sheets are really big (20x30"). I decided to cut a 11x14 piece to fit into a frame I had in my stash.

Seriously, the longest part of this tutorial is the painting steps. If you have a frame that doesn't need painting, and, if you don't paint the cork, you can have a framed cork board in about 10 minutes!! 

I decided to paint my frame and the cork itself (it paints beautifully!), so here's my tutorial: 

Framed Cork Board 

cork foam board
open-back frame
yard stick
measuring tape
X-ACTO knife
self-healing mat
*paint for frame (I used Sonora Rose by Valspar)
*painters tape
*paint for cork

*optional supplies if you're painting the frame and/or cork

To cut your cork board: 1) measure the inside of the frame to verify the opening size 2) mark the backside of the cork with the measurements 3) cut a straight line with the X-ACTO knife, using the yardstick to stabilize (do this step on top of the self-healing mat) 4) remove the cork piece

If you're using a frame that doesn't require a paint job, simply slip the cork into the frame and you're done!!

To continue with the painting....

1) Paint your frame (Mine was primed white several months ago. And, that's as far as I'd gotten! I painted two coats of my coral paint) 2) Place painter's tape in random stripes on the cork 3) Lightly paint over the stripes with a foam roller brush (I kept the paint light and uneven, but you could do a solid coat, if desired) 4) Peel the tape off when the paint is still wet

When everything is dry, slip the cork board into the frame! Mine fit perfectly and is held in place with the metal clips on the back of the frame. This cork board is the exact depth of my frame. Perfect!

I hung mine in my craft room, and then realized I didn't have any cute pushpins. SO, I have another short tutorial for you:

Easy Decorative Pushpins
plain pushpins
decorative brads (in the scrapbook section of your local craft store)
hot glue and hot glue gun

1) gather your supplies 2) remove the brad "arms" with scissors 3) place a dollop of hot glue on the backside of each brad and place your pushpin into it  4) repeat until you have a nice collection!

That's that! I hung mine on the side of my sewing cabinet with Scotch heavy duty fasteners. Because the foam is so lightweight and the frame is sans glass/backing/etc, this cork board is really light.

This project would be great in an office or dorm room...or even, in a smaller frame, inside of a locker. You know, Summer is winding down, we have to start thinking about these back-to-school things :).

Let me know if you try out this cork foam board. I'd love to see what you do with it!

**I received product to review from Elmer's and X-ACTO, but all opinions in this post are 100% mine.

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  1. I love this Emily! The random stripes are awesome and the frame and push pins are so cute!

    1. Thanks so much, Krista! You are too kind :)

  2. Okay, so I am a new follower and I have been on your site for maybe one minute and I already love it!

    Your tutorials are awesome!

    Love and Blessings,


    1. Aw, thanks Lacy!! Thanks for stopping by!! :)

  3. Your corkboard is super cute, Emily. Great project!

  4. Love, love, love this!! I love how you put it in a frame and painted striped pattern on the cork board. Love it!! Pinned it!!

    1. Thanks Crystal!! You are always so sweet to me! :)

  5. I am so HAPPY I found you. Great fresh ideas!

    1. Aw, thanks Vanessa! Thanks for stopping by!!

  6. Whee did you get the fun curtains or will that be part of the reveal?

    1. Hi Kelly! Thanks for coming by! The curtains are from ikea! I will definitely share all the details when I do the reveal. But, yes, ikea curtains! :)

  7. I love it! It must be framed corkboard week because I have one drying sitting right next to me:)

    Take care,


  8. Super cool project! Love it, Emily!Thanks for sharing the great tutorial.
    Have a fabulous day!
    Hugs from Portugal,

    Ana Love Craft

  9. Super cute, Em :) I've been using the cork foam board for some of my photo styling for awhile now. LOVE IT! xo

  10. I've been dying to try that cork foam board - what a fun project! I have a couple big frames that need to be painted and "cork-ed" ;)

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