Make a Head-turning Corkboard in 30 mins

This daggy corkboard is in desperate need of a makeover. It’s in Richard’s corner of the office and its terrribly boring.
Corkboard Before Makeover

30 minutes of crafting later… Look at the difference!
Corkboard After Makeover

Here are the materials I’ve used:
1. Ikea fabric remnant
2. Dressmaker scissors
3. Staple gun
4. Upholstery tacks & hammer (optional)
1. Materials

Step 1: Place corkboard face down onto wrong side of Ikea fabric. Cut fabric to size, leaving a 2″ allowance all around.
2. Cut Ikea fabric remnant

Step 2: Trim corners to reduce bulk when folded.
3. Trim Corners

Step 3: Fold fabric along the edge of the corkboard and staple into place. Staple the opposite side that you’ve just done and keep fabric taut by pulling it tightly before stapling. I stapled the long side egdes first, then the top and bottom edges.
4. Staple fabric to corkboard
4. Staple corners
4. Staple all edges of fabric to corkboard

Step 4: (Optional) Lightly tap the upholstery tacks along the edge of the corkboard. To stop the paint from chipping off the tacks, cover the head of your hammer with fabric or felt and use a rubber band to hold in place.
5. Tap in upholstery pins

Now proudly display your corkboard in the room of your choice.
Corkboard After Makeover
Corkboard After Makeover

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27 Responses to “Make a Head-turning Corkboard in 30 mins”

  1. Jennifer says:

    That looks great!
    It’s like you’re in my head. I have a cork board just like that in my “craft” room that bothers me with its boring nature. Now I know exactly what to do with it. Thanks!
    (If only we had an Ikea close by…)
    .-= Jennifer´s last blog ..Why no, I’m not PMSing. I always cry at coffee commercials. =-.

    • Salihan says:

      What a coincidence! Send me a link if you blog about it. Would love to see your new and improved corkboard. :)

  2. Maria says:

    Wow!!! It looks like an original piece of art

  3. Michelle says:

    Oh wow. This is my favourite thing you’ve ever posted! The choice of fabric is perfect. Now I’m annoyed that my corkboard has a whiteboard on one half. Any ideas how to get around that?

    • Salihan says:

      You could hem the edge on one side of the fabric. The hemmed edge could go in the middle of the board where your cork board meets your white board. Then staple the other three edges around as per my directions above. You might have to pull extra tightly when stapling cos you’re only doing 3 sides. What do you think?

      • Michelle says:

        That’s a good idea, and I think It would work. Once I tried putting fabric on it by tacking on some fabric hemmed on all sides, but it just looked too sloppy. I think it would be much better stretched over and stapled. Thanks!

  4. Linda says:

    Salihan, you are so clever that looks amazing.
    .-= Linda´s last blog ..Sports Carnival =-.

  5. Windy says:

    You are so clever. What fab fabric ! I thought of several projects it would be perfect for. Where can I find?? Is it on-line? I luv your site and look forward to your next project!

  6. Michelle says:

    Weird! I just noticed that all the stuff on the sides of your blog switched. Now the pears are on the left and the commenter count is on the right!

  7. vanessa says:

    what a great idea!!! and it’s really gorgeous!!!
    .-= vanessa´s last blog ..Haakwerk-werkjes en Baileys update! =-.

  8. Cami says:

    Wow this is such a great idea and super cute. I have a cork board that could use a makeover. Thanks for the inspiration.
    .-= Cami´s last blog ..Coasters =-.

  9. Sandy says:

    Wow, that is coincidence, I have the corkboard and I have THAT fabric! Thanks for the idea :-)

  10. Sandy says:

    Oh yeah, I love Ikea! I was thinking of using some fabric markers to colour a few of the circles randomly for the pop factor…maybe.

    • Salihan says:

      I feel the same way too! I have an Ikea cushion with lots of black and white lines and when I cuddle it at night, I contemplate whether I should colour it in! Haha… If you do, please send me a picture of it. Then maybe I can stop thinking of it.

  11. julie says:

    oh wow, that turned out beautifully!! Great
    idea.

  12. Sandra says:

    It looks fab! I love you how you offset the graphic and the upholstery tacks give such a nice, finished detail. I’m going to have to do this. I’m so happy I found your blog–it’s really great. I’ll be a regular. Thanks so much for visiting mine & leaving a comment–it made my day :) .

  13. aeonie says:

    Love it! The fabric is great. Nice way to spruce up the office.
    .-= aeonie´s last blog ..Through the haze … =-.

  14. Sandra says:

    I love what you did. When I find a cloth that I would like to hang on the wall, I shall do what you did. Thanks for the great idea.

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    Han, look what I found. You wouldn’t believe it. Go take a look at this site

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    • Salihan says:

      OH!!! I actually have some of the fabric leftover! I might actually make a tote bag today! Thanks for the link, Sandra!

  17. Cassandra says:

    That’s beautiful. I love the design on the fabric. Very nice. :D

  18. Tracy says:

    Beautiful!! Love the pattern on the fabric too!! Now I want one for my home office! Must go on hunt for corkboard and purty fabric! : )
    .-= Tracy´s last blog ..Today’s Pet of the Day is… =-.

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