How to Attach Fabric to Cork Board

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Without a cork board in your work space, your desk can quickly become cluttered with small notes, pictures, pieces of inspiration and whatever other little bits of paper you want to keep handy. Add a punch of personality to your workspace, as well as de-clutter, by covering a cork board with fabric and hanging it on a wall near your desk. Keep your desk organised and all those little bits handy.

Skill level:
Easy

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Things you need

  • Tape measure
  • Lightweight fabric such as quilter's cotton fabric
  • Cutting mat
  • Rotary cutter
  • Ruler
  • Masking tape
  • Spray adhesive
  • Fabric trim such as ribbon or cord
  • Hot glue gun
  • Scissors

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Measure the cork board inside the frame, if it has one. You want the width and length of just the cork portion of the board.

  2. 2

    Measure and cut a piece of fabric to the dimensions of the cork board using a ruler to guide your rotary cutter. Make the cuts on a cutting mat to protect the surface below. Make the cuts in long smooth motions, rather than choppy back and forth motions, to get nice straight cuts.

  3. 3

    Cover the frame of the cork board with masking tape. Spray the cork with spray adhesive. Lay the fabric on the cork and smooth out any air bubbles with your hands.

  4. 4

    Hot glue the fabric trim around the cork board just inside the frame to hide the cut edges of the fabric. Start in one of the bottom corners and work your way around. Cut the trim after you make it all the way around the perimeter of the cork board.

Tips and warnings

  • Paint the frame of your cork board before attaching the fabric if you wish to paint it to match the fabric.
  • Hot glue buttons onto the heads of drawing pins to make the tacks for your cork board decorative.
  • Cut the piece of fabric 4 inches wider and longer than the cork board and wrap it around to the back of the board if it doesn't have a frame. Then, just skip the trim or glue the trim around the outside perimeter.

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