Learn how to cover a corkboard with fabric and ribbon! This DIY cork board makeover turned a plain bulletin board into a pretty spot to organize papers and display kids artwork. DIY your own in just four easy steps with this tutorial!
With two kids in elementary school, I’m constantly looking for ways to organize school papers and artwork.
Our cork board works overtime, mostly as a way to display the most treasured masterpieces that come through our door.
It started out plain, but why have a boring bulletin board when it’s easy to make it pretty?
Now, our cork board boasts pretty faux nail head trim and Greek key burlap fabric, and it didn’t take me long at all to jazz it up.
Are you ready for a cork board makeover?
Let’s get straight to the tutorial so you can learn how to cover a cork board with fabric and ribbon to make it a perfect spot to hang kids’ artwork and more.
Cork Board Makeover Supplies
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Covering a cork board with fabric is quite simple and allows you to customize any basic bulletin board to suit your decor. Burlap is easy to work with because it’s so stiff, but an upholstery or drapery fabric would work well, too.
- Basic framed cork board
- Fabric (this looks exactly like the Greek key burlap I used)
- Painter’s tape
- Flat-head tacks
- Spray adhesive
- Craft paint
- Ribbon or twill tape
- Fabric glue
- Craft knife or rotary cutter
How to Cover a Cork Board with Fabric and Ribbon in 4 Simple Steps
Step 1: Prepare the Cork Board
Cover the cork board’s frame in painter’s tape to protect it from the spray adhesive. Then, lay your fabric over the whole board, and cut it so that it hangs about an inch over the frame. I used burlap with a Greek key print, which is very easy to work with due to its stiffness.
Step 2: Add fabric
Next, head outside with your board and spray adhesive because this glue gets on everything. Spray the board, then lay your fabric down and carefully smooth it over the whole board. You may want to use a credit card to remove bubbles and press the fabric into the corners.
Use your craft knife or rotary cutter to trim the fabric as close to the frame as possible, but don’t worry if edges are a little uneven because you will cover the gaps with ribbon or trim tape.
Step 3: Paint the Frame
Get out your painter’s tape again, and this time apply it to the inside edge of the frame to protect the fabric while you paint the frame.
Step 4: Add Decorative Trim
After the paint dries, run a line of fabric glue along the inside edge of the frame and apply your ribbon or twill tape (as you can see, I chose twill tape).
Below is a close-up of how I handled the corners. The top part is folded over the bottom part on the diagonal.
Use a dab of glue to keep the fold in place and add a flat-head thumbtack for extra security.
Flat-head brass thumbtacks are your “faux nailhead trim” and are incredibly easy to apply. They just stick right into the cork! Use a ruler to space them evenly, and add as many as you wish.
Hang and Enjoy!
Our cork board is attached to our pantry door with Command picture hanging strips and has held up beautifully through regular use.
I hope you enjoyed this cork board makeover tutorial! It’s really so easy to cover a corkboard with fabric that will match your decor or add a pop of color to a boring wall.