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Custom Cork Board DIY

Since starting my blog I have gotten a lot of questions about how I made the custom fabric covered cork board that sits above my desk. It is such a nice feature to have so I am happy to share a step by step tutorial of how I put it together. This is totally customizable to your space, I just based it off the size of my desktop and the distance between the desk and the bottom of the shelf above.

What You Need:

  • Foam Core (based on size)
  • Cork Squares
  • Liquid Nails
  • Duct Tape or Packing Tape
  • Fabric
  • Staple gun or stapler that opens

Due to the space I was trying to cover, I used three pieces of foam core taped together with packing tape. Make sure to wrap the tape multiple times so you create a one sturdy board. The amount of cork you need is based off the foam core so for mine, I used 8 cork squares. I like to lay them out before glueing them down to make sure everything will fit. (Don’t worry if there is excess, you will trim that off.) Once you know everything will fit start gluing them down one by one, staring in the top left corner, pressing on each to make sure they adhere.

When all of the pieces are glued down, you will have excess foam core showing. Take an x-acto knife and a straight edge and trim it off to create a nice clean edge. Make sure you have a scrap piece of foam core or a cutting mat underneath so you don’t scratch your floors. Place heavy books or cutting boards, anything flat and heavy on top of the cork pieces to really set everything into place. The end result should be a sturdy cork board.

Once everything feels dry and able to move without the cork sliding, you can wrap it in whichever fabric works best with your room. I love a classic blue ticking stripe because it seems to compliment all of the photographs and fabrics I put on the board. Simply lay the fabric flat on the floor (pattern side down), flip the board over so the cork side is down (and the foam core is up) pull the fabric tightly, stapling as you go. I use a ton of staples just to make sure it is extra tight, so just keep going until all four sides feel secure. Now you can flip it back over and start hanging your favorite inspirational pieces!

I hope these steps help and I hope you all go out and make your own cork board!


  1. Anneliese Gartner

    September 21st, 2016 at 8:21 pm

    Such a great idea, and it doesn’t seem that hard! Great post!

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  2. Lauren McLean

    September 23rd, 2016 at 6:23 am

    Okay, super cute and creative so I commend you for that – I wish I had the artsy/crafty bug but I totally do not!!

  3. Chrissy McDonald

    September 24th, 2016 at 2:52 pm

    Thank you Anneliese! It really is easy to make!

  4. Chrissy McDonald

    September 24th, 2016 at 2:53 pm

    Thank you Lauren! I am definitely not super crafty, so I like when the project isn’t too time consuming and has an easy clean up!

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