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Hello lovely Luuuxers!
Recently I completed a DIY project that I had been meaning to do for a long time, which was make some fabric-covered cork boards for my bedroom! I had one wall that was conspicuously blank and I wanted to have somewhere to post pictures, notes, mementos, calendars, etc. Now, I am not the craftiest person ever, but I think they turned out really nicely, and it was super easy to do, so I thought I would come on here and show you how to make them!
The great thing about this DIY is that you can customize it however you want. You can choose a fabric that matches your decor, you can add embellishments like studs or rhinestones, and you can choose whatever size cork board you want. You can even add ribbons going across in a lattice pattern for a nice decorative touch!
To make a DIY fabric covered-corkboard, you`re going to need the following things:
1. Cork boards
-I bought mine from JoAnn Fabric. I liked going to JoAnn for this project because they had both the fabric and the crafting supplies that I needed, like a one-stop shop. The corkboards are from `The Board Dudes` and they were called the canvas-style board because the cork was wrapped around instead of having a blunt edge or wood frame. They were $7.99 a piece for 14`x14` boards.
2. Fabric of your choosing
-At JoAnn Fabric, I decided to buy a yard and a half to cover three 14`x14` boards, but I ended up having way extra when I was done. If you wanted to do three like me, I would recommend getting one yard; if you wanted to do less, you could probably get away with a half yard. When it doubt, ask the people in the store to help you measure your fabric!
3. Super Fabric Glue
-Make sure you get a glue that is designed to adhere fabric to other surfaces like wood. The brand of my glue is Loctite, but there are many out there that would probably work.
4. Duct Tape
-This part is optional, but I liked reinforcing the glue with tape, just to be on the safe side. It doesn`t matter how messy or weird it looks with tape on the back, because that part will be facing the wall anyway.
6. Nails and a hammer for mounting the boards to the wall
**Note that if you have a staple gun, it is definitely easier to just use staples instead of glue and tape. However, since I don`t have a staple gun and I didn`t want to buy one, this technique works as well.
INSTRUCTIONS (Note that the numbers here do not match the numbers on the picture, the picture is an over-simplified version of these instructions!)
1. Using the board as a guide, cut the fabric so you have about four to six inches of fabric extra on all sides. Use the scissors to cut as evenly and straight as possible. If you can, try to make sure that any design on the fabric is centered or aligned how you want it on the board before going on to the next step.
2. Fold over the fabric, going one side at a time, using the glue (or staples) to adhere the fabric to the board. Be sure to hold the fabric very taut so that the fabric does not ripple on the front. When folding over the corners, fold the fabric as if you would when wrapping a birthday present.
**Note: if your fabric has creases from being folded in the store, be sure to iron the fabric first before attaching it to the board, or else the crease will still be there!
3. If you want, reinforce the glue using strips of duct tape to adhere the fabric to the board.
4. Using the scissors, cut small holes through the fabric where the board has mounting holes. This will allow you to hang it to the nails in the wall.
5. Let the glue dry overnight.
6.. To mount them, measure the distance between the mounting holes with a ruler and then hammer two nails into your wall at that distance. Place the cork board on the nails and voila, you`ve mounted your board!
This project ended up being super fun, and I am in love with the finished product! They go amazingly with my decor, far better than any similar fabric cork board I could buy in stores. Plus, when I get compliments, I can always amaze people with my (not so great) crafting skills! :)
Hope you enjoyed this DIY project, let me know if you plan on trying it to redecorate your room, home, or dorm! :)
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