Next time you decide to refresh the interiors of your home office or study room, you can create your own unique cork bulletin boards, instead of buying one or paying a carpenter to make it for you. The materials and supplies required are simple and easy to locate, you can make your bulletin board in any size that meets your needs. What's more, you can make it as plain, as colorful, or embellished as you want! These directions will help you get started.
Materials and supplies needed.
For the board:
- Plywood board, length and width as per your size requirements and not more than half an inch thick
- Open-weave fabric in any color or pattern or even plain
- Cork board with about the same dimensions as the plywood and one eighth inch thick
- Thumb tacks
- Measuring tape
- Staple gun or hammer
- Wood saw
- Utility knife
- Any strong glue or spray adhesive
Perhaps you would like to have a framed cork board to add a different look. For the frame (optional):
- Wood - readymade molding frames can be picked at any carpentry shop or wood mart
- Miter box saw
Prepare the plywood and cork boards. Cut the plywood board as per your requirements using the wood saw, or buy it pre-cut with the desired dimensions from the market. Repeat the same process for the cork board. Make sure the cork surface is smooth and even, else the fabric could get snagged or torn while fixing it to the board.
Cutting the fabric. Cut the fabric with the same measurements as the plywood board, but add an extra 5 inches on each side so that it can be pulled back to the back side of the board and fixed comfortably.
Attaching the cork board. Using glue or a spray adhesive, fix the cork to the board and press it firmly all over the board and allow it to dry out.
Fixing the fabric. Once the glue or adhesive has completely dried out and the cork is firmly attached to the plywood board, spread the fabric over the board surface, stretch it tautly on all four sides and turn the board with the fabric to the other side. Pull in all the sides of the fabric tightly and fix tacks or staple the entire perimeter of the board using a staple gun. Cut out any excess fabric and glue the edges so you don't get messy and unattractive tatters or fringes in the fabric.
Prepare the frame. You can make your own frame from scratch using the miter box saw, or you can buy readymade wood or veneer moldings in the required dimensions to fit the board. If using plain wood, you can also paint in any color, matching with the general décor or wall color of the room where the bulletin board will be hung. Wait for the paint to dry out completely, attach the frame to the board with the help of short brads and hammer them into place with nails. Your bulletin board is now ready to be hung up and used!
Decorative cork boards can be used to help you get organized or even in a classroom. You can certainly experiment with the different materials, colors, shapes and sizes and make your own colorful and attractive-looking bulletin boards.