DIY Cork Board Tutorial

Hello! I’m Paige from Little Nostalgia, and sometimes when I’m working on a DIY project, I like to see just how affordably I can do it. I had been on the prowl for a large, yet inexpensive, cork board to use in my office. Apparently those don’t exist, and I had almost given up hope.

Until I had an epiphany at the Dollar Store.

Self, I said, why don’t you just double up some foam board? It’s right here, and it’s only $1.

Supply list:

2 pieces of foam board (Dollar Store)

1 box of thumb tacks (Dollar Store)



optional ribbon, if you plan to hang it

I already had the glue, fabric, and ribbon, so my total investment for this piece was only $3. Not too shabby!

To get started, glue your pieces of foam board together. When I was at the store, I dug through the stack and found the flattest pieces they had. I’m sure I looked like a spaz, but that doesn’t matter because I glued those babies together in about 10 seconds.

After letting the glue dry for a few minutes, lay out your fabric and put the foam in the middle. Working on one side at a time, fold the fabric over and glue it in place. Be sure you pull firmly so the fabric is tight across the front.

At this point, if you don’t plan on hanging your cork board, you’re done! But if you’re like me and you need to take advantage of vertical storage space, it’s time to add some ribbon. I already had some in my sewing kit, so I cut a piece 3″ longer than the foam board. I folded over the edges slightly, glued them down, and added a couple of thumb tacks for extra security.

Now you just need to attach some inspiration photos to the front (or a calendar, if you’re feeling organized), stick it on the wall, and you’re ready to roll.

Have you ever had an a-ha moment at the Dollar Store? What’s your favorite supply to get from there?


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    okay. this idea, is amazing. I’ve been looking for a cork board to de-clutter some things on my desk, but haven’t been able to find anything that matches my office…. now I am going to have to get creative I think!
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    This looks so cute! I heard if you’re doing something like this you glue down opposite sides at a time (instead of going around) to help stretch it easier. $3!! Man – you can sell these for so much more! Lovely!
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    Deb says

    Fabbo! I was looking for cork board ideas this afternoon, found this and whipped one up this evening. So quick and easy. I used an artists canvas I already had, some foam packing hubby was about to throw out and some leftover curtain fabric. It cost me nothing so now I can splash out on cute pins and hooks. :) Thank you!!

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    tami s says

    Brilliant idea!!! Corkboards are way too expensive!! I get yarn at the dollar store. It’s hit and miss but hen it’s good–SCORE!

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