Make a gorgeous DIY cork board with a roll of cork and scrap wood with this full tutorial with pictures. The framed bulletin board is perfect for any room! Add fun, color, and function with this easy stenciled cork board!
This DIY cork board is the newest addition to my office space!
If you have been following along, I have been slowly sprucing up my office/craft room and making it more organized and functional.
Now, I turned my attention to the stack of sticky notes and papers on my desk.
The problem with stacks is, sometimes, things get lost. You don’t see them when you need them. I wanted a bulletin board to be able to put them up. Also, the wall space above my computer was begging for something too!
Now, I have the perfect solution! And the best part, for me, I used all scrap wood so the cost was only that of the cork board roll! But if you had to buy everything to make one, you could still do it under $20! Not bad for a custom giant cork bulletin board!
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Materials needed for DIY Stenciled Cork Board –
- Plywood backing – in the size of your choice(I used ½” thick plywood at 18″x24″)
- Corkboard roll (thicker is better). If you can’t find a thick roll, just add 2 layers.
- 1×2 board – size depends on the size of your plywood backing.
- Spray adhesive
- Brad Nailer or hammer.
- 1¼” finish nails
- Hot glue gun (Optional)
- Wood glue
- Stencils – I used stencils by I like That Lamp. They have a nice collection Scandinavian design inspired stencils.
- Stencil adhesive
- Craft paint or latex paint of your choice.
- Foam Pouncers
How to make a Framed DIY Cork Board –
Step 1 – Start by cutting the plywood and/or corkboard roll to the size you need. Also, cut the 1×2 boards to the size you need based on the size of the plywood.
Step 2 – Using spray adhesive, attach the cork board roll to the plywood. Be very careful, because the cork can tend to crack and break easily.
Step 3 – The edges kept rolling up on me and were hard to manage so, I used a little bit of hot glue to hold them down.
Step 4 – Time to stencil. Using stencil adhesive, lay down the stencil on the cork board and apply paint using a foam pouncer. Remember, less is more when it comes to the amount of paint on the pouncer.
Once, one design is done, carefully peel the stencil off. After about 5 mins for the paint to dry, place it back for the next design and continue.
I went with pink and aqua – the color scheme in my office – and added the design in various sizes in pink and aqua across half of the DIY cork board.
Step 5 – Stain or paint 1×2 boards per your choice and attach to the plywood using wood glue and finish nails. I also added a little bit of paint on the edges of the frame to tie it in with the stenciled design.
That’s it! Hang up the DIY cork bulletin board!
I am so happy to have a spot to pin up things and also, most importantly, it looks so pretty!
Anika's goal is to inspire and empower beginners with woodworking, DIY, home improvement, and home decor ideas.
She wants everyone to unlock their creative potential and experience the feeling that comes with making something. Nothing feels better better than seeing something and saying "I can make that!"