DIY Bulletin Board Makeover

I know this DIY project is not a new idea, but I’ve been wanting to cover this bulletin board for a long time now.

It’s a basic cork board, and until this point the only upgrade was clear-coating the wooden frame. And that was done almost a year ago, but then we moved and the rest of the project fell by the wayside. In fact, I wasn’t even sure where, or if it would be hung up after we moved in.

But we have this spot right outside our office that is pretty bare.

I’ve contemplated different pieces of artwork, but the truth is it wouldn’t be seen enough to be enjoyed hanging in this spot.

So today I picked up some Ikat style fabric in colours that will transition the landing into the office space. I wasn’t really looking for Ikat, just a pattern that would be colourful and fun.

Before I could really get going I realized the upholstery nails I planned to use were too long for the thickness of this cork board. They went right through and stuck out the back!

Luckily I had some sheets of Styrofoam kicking around that had been used for packing. So I cut them to size and used wood glue to stick them to the back of the board.

Oops, I think I used enough glue!

This is how much thickness the Styrofoam added to the board.

Ready to roll, I started by ironing the one selvage edge under first. And then I tacked it into place in the center and each corner of the same side.

I ironed the creases for the rest of the folds after the first side was tacked down. I did this by using the wooden frame as a guide for the iron, and ironed right on the board. The crease was facing the wrong way, but it gave me a guide for folding the edge under. Once the edge was folded under and fit snuggly against the frame, I ran the iron over it once more.

I worked my way around the frame, tacking the fabric into place in the centers and corners as I went.

Once this was all done and the fabric in place, next was figuring out the spacing for the rest of the upholstery nails.

Here’s what I went with.

You can see at the bottom how I started with large spacing first, and worked around the frame with it. And then if you look at the top you will notice how I tightened up the spacing, and started filling in around the frame again. Doing it this way helped keep my fabric even as each upholstery tack was inserted.

I decided to add extra tacks to the corners for a little finishing touch.

And then I attached picture wire to the back, and hung the bulletin board up!

Here’s another look at the space before…

And after.

The  plants aren’t usually here though. They’ve been relocated to make room for the Christmas tree. And the tiles on top of the book stand are waiting for me to decide where they’re going.

But I think the bulletin board adds a much needed splash of colour.

So finally, I can cross this project off my list, and just in time for Christmas! And you know, this only took about 2 hours from start to finish including clean-up and hanging the bulletin board up. The question, why did I wait so long to tackle this?

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Uncork It! Drink the Wine, Save the Cork…

With upcycling, recycling, DIY-ing, and a heightened green awareness, what do you do when it comes to cork? In recent years there has been a growing concern about the sustainability of cork. And if you are a wine drinker, you will have noticed a steady shift in the age old cork being replaced with screw tops, and synthetic ‘corks’. I won’t get into the sustainability pros and cons, but came across this article, ‘Cork – The Argument for Sustainability‘ that you might like to read. I was enlightened, and I must say, surprised…

Cork and Corks

But I’m more intrigued by what we can do with used wine stoppers made of cork…  did you know they are recyclable?

Since we’re rapidly moving into the Season of Cheer, I thought a few repurposing ideas ahead of time would be helpful. You know, so you can start saving the corks now for that rainy day project later (like we all need to gather more ‘stuff, right?)!

Have you heard of Cork Journaling? It’s when you write on the cork the date and occasion that was paired with its wine that you enjoyed.


I thought this idea was pretty cool. And you can have some fun displaying your collection as it begins to grow!

This is what I would do with my collection of journaled corks… if I had a collection!


I think the candle light is so pretty shining between the corks, kind of like a glowing fire in a fireplace. And there’s even simple DIY instructions. How hard can it be?

If you want to go all out with a wine cork theme, and dress your table in style…

How about elegant name cards at each place setting?


These are champagne corks, but they would be a better choice for place cards because of their size and shape.

Once the settings are established, it might be fun to add personalized wine glass charms to each spot…


Just think how much fun you can have with these!

Do you like to give your guests a little token when they leave, you know kind of like a swag bag, but without the bag?

How about these coasters?


Or maybe a potted herb instead.


We always have a little pot of Basil in our kitchen window, so I kind of like this idea…

And I really like these customized monograms made from vintage wine corks.


They’re available on Etsy… and ‘yes please’ comes to mind with this S 😉

But if you want to try a DIY version…


Click here for the instructions to make your own.

There are just so many things you can do with used wine corks. So many things I’m sure you’ve already seen…

But I wonder, have you seen a portrait made of wine corks before?


Isn’t this an incredible work of art?

I thought this chair was too…


Who thinks of things like this? Isn’t this amazing?

And on the note of amazing, what do you think of this vase?


It’s just one of many wine cork vessels made by artist Steven Leslie. If you go to you can see more…

So on that note… oh, and speaking of notes…


You might want to make your own cork board to pin your notes to. Click here for the DIY steps.

And trust me, there are lots and lots of cork board ideas out there made from wine corks… this is just one of them.

But if you really want to make a splash… a back splash, that is…


Oh, never mind. Let’s just uncork the wine! Can I pour you a glass?

So, what do you do with your used wine corks? I think I’m going to start saving mine!

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