Frequently Asked Questions

    I want to make a corkboard to put above my desk area complete with patterned fabric covered cork. How to make?…

    ^ here’s the inspiration. I don’t necessarily want the chalk board, peg board, and white board surfaces. I’m thinking of just getting a large sheet of cork that’s 36×48 inches (3×4 ft) and paste squares of 12×12 scrapbook paper on it in a pattern/style that matches the color scheme of my room. However, I just went on PB Teen to check out their version and it seems that they used fabric on their corkboard. I’d still like to use scrapbook paper because of the selection of patterns that are more suitable for designing a corkboard, but I’m open to using fabric as well… Whichever the case may be, what would be the best adhesive to use for this project? If I use spray-on glue with the paper, will it wrinkle? Will glue hold the fabric down nice and well? Please help me, haha! I’m open to any other suggestions as well. :D

    If you have any experience in this department please give me some advice; even with no experience your input would be greatly appreciated!

    • ANSWER:
      You can often find those cork bulletin boards (frame included) for a few bucks at Goodwill, etc. I bought one for .50.

      If you go that route, all you need to do is lay out your paper in the desired design, and adhere the paper to the cork. I would use decoupage glue (Mod Podge) because it adheres paper permanently and the paper doesn’t wrinkle.

      If you chose to use fabric (I made one of these for my daughter using fabric) you’re further ahead to (as the first answer suggested) use foamcore. Cut each square to size and then cover it with quilt batting (use spray adhesive) … then cover the squares with your chosen fabric(s). I used stretch crushed velvet and staples. You cut the fabric slightly larger than the square, and then fasten in place as you would wrap a present, tucking the corners in.

      Then I applied a fairly heavy layer of craft glue (I used Aleene’s Tacky Glue) to the back of each covered square … set them all in place … and weighted the whole thing down for about 24 hours. I used my coffee table, turned upside down (!), but any heavy flat surface would work. I wish I had a picture to show you … it turned out really pretty.

      (Off-topic, but I also made an upholstered headboard for her bed using a thrift-store wooden headboard and the same fabrics and technique … total cost for that was less than and it’s one-of-a-kind).

      In either case, if you want to paint the frame to coordinate with your room, do that first.

      There are really no limits with this type of project … it can cost as little as or as much as you want to spend on it. I never thought of using scrapbook paper, but that’s a great idea … it will show the holes sooner than fabric, but it would be so cheap to do that you could replace the worn paper anytime.

      Have fun!

12×12 cork squares