How to Make My Own Tack Board

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How to Make My Own Tack Board
Create decorative tack boards with cork and fabric. (notice board image by Chad McDermott from

Tack boards, also known as notice boards and memo boards, are convenient accessories for home offices, kitchens and bedrooms. You can easily make your own tack board designed to coordinate with any room's decor. Create square tack boards to fit the back of a door or front of a fridge; make rectangular tack boards that you can use vertically or horizontally on any wall. Decorative fabric makes the tack board appear as wall art, unless you attach photos or notes to the front using push pins.

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Things you need

  • Cork tiles
  • Duct tape
  • Measuring tape
  • Thick fabric
  • Measuring tape
  • Staple gun
  • 2-inch wide grosgrain ribbon
  • Felt

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  1. 1

    Purchase cork tiles from the local home improvement store to fit the desired dimensions of your tack board. For example, if you wish to make a 12-inch wide by 60-inch long tack board, purchase five 12-inch square cork tiles. You can cut the tiles to suit your dimensions with a craft knife.

  2. 2

    Place the cork tiles face down on a flat work surface. Arrange the tiles in the preferred design for your tack board. Tape the tiles together on the back with duct tape. Place strips of duct tape along both sides of the tiles and also down the centre of the tiles.

  3. 3

    Measure and cut a piece of thick, decorative fabric 4 inches wider and 4 inches longer than the overall dimensions of your tack board. Thin fabrics, such as silk, will also work for this project, but the cork outlines may be visible. Thick cotton or upholstery fabric works best.

  4. 4

    Place the cut piece of fabric face down on a flat surface. Center the connected cork tiles face down on the fabric.

  5. 5

    Fold one edge of the fabric up over the side of the cork tiles. Staple the fabric to the back of the cork tiles with a staple gun. Place the first staple in the centre and then staple in each corner. Place the staples close together. You can also use duct tape to attach the fabric to the cork, if you prefer.

  6. 6

    Repeat Step 5 to attach each side of the fabric to the back of the cork tiles. Fold the corners as flat as possible and staple the fabric to the cork tiles.

  7. 7

    Cut a 2-foot long strip of 2-inch wide grosgrain ribbon. Attach one end of the ribbon to the back of the tack board, 4 to 6 inches to the left of the top centre. Fold the ribbon in a loop in the centre of the strand. Attach the free end of the ribbon to the back of the tack board, 4 to 6 inches to the right of the top centre.

  8. 8

    Cut a piece of felt or any type of scrap fabric to fit the back side of the tack board. Staple the felt onto the back of the tack board to create a more professional-looking finish.

  9. 9

    Hang the tack board over a nail or hook by the centre ribbon loop.

Tips and warnings

  • Omit the ribbon and hang the tack board on the wall with self-adhesive interlocking strips or wall hangers.

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