Let’s get organized!
I made my middle daughter a corkboard for her room last year to match her bedding and look all pretty. My sewing room has become a hot mess lately and needed a little fancy organization too, so I rounded up supplies I already had at home (we do a lot of crafts) and got to work.
- Corkboards (Mine was a 4 pack or 12″x12″ squares)
- Fabric to cover cork that’s larger than the board you’re covering
- Foam board for the backing
- Stapler that opens
- Optional: ribbon, hot glue gun, and tacks
The first thing you’ll need to do is iron all of your fabrics and cut them to the correct size. Make sure they’re at least an inch wider on every side than your cork pieces. Lay one of your fabric squares out face down and lay your cork centered on top of it.
Fold the fabric over one edge of the cork. Using your stapler, attached the fabric to the cork all along the edge. Next, you’ll work on the side directly across from the one you just did. Pull the fabric so it’s snug, fold over the edge and staple. If you have extra fabric hanging over, you can trim that off.
Moving onto the other two sides, you will trim each corner at an angle to help keep it from getting bunched up when you fold in the corners. Fold each corner in like you are wrapping a present and secure with a staple. Continue around both of those sides stapling the fabric down as you go.
All sides should be neatly folded over and stapled. Next, you will move onto your other pieces and repeat the same steps with all of those until they are all covered and looking lovely.
Put it all together!
Grab your foam board (or any other backing you have chosen). Set out all of your cork pieces and decide how you want them to look when it’s finished. If you have a rectangle piece of foam board like I did, you will need to trim off the edges, reassemble them to make a square, and tape them together. This will be covered by the cork, so it’s ok that it doesn’t look perfect.
Now you’ll need to attach the cork to the foam board. The pack of cork that I got came with these handy dandy double-sided sticky foam pieces, but you can also use hot glue here. Now that they’re all attached, you can be done here if you’d like. I wanted to get a little fancier and add some finishing touches.
To add some finishing touches to mine, I used some ribbon and hot glued it all along the edge to hide the not as pretty sides. I also used some silver tacks, and placed them an inch apart all along the outside edge.
Hang it and get your organization on!
Use your preferred method to hang it. Since it’s pretty lightweight, I used some 3m strips on the back to stick it to the wall. Find all your lists to pin up there or just some of your favorite pictures to look at. (Or entertaining artwork from your kids.)