Fabric covered cork board

Hello, hope everyone had a happy and safe 4th and didn’t play too hard.
Well, back to work, so to speak.

Here’s a great home decor craft to whip up in just a few minutes….Seriously just a few minutes

I had a great time making this board and know you will too! It was so easy, but looks so great afterward….people will think you spent alot of time and money on it.

I made mine with a 12 x 12 frame because I like the way square frames look (and I’m glad they’re coming in style now! Woo-Hoo!), but you can cut down your cork to whatever size you want.

Anyhoo, here are the specifics:


  • 1 12 x 12 piece of cork board-they come in packs of four and I got my pack at Walmart for 5.50-ish. If you get it at a craft store, use your coupon since they run around 10-12 bucks.
  • 1 14 x14 piece of fabric of your choice-I used some home decor fabric that I had leftover from another project and I like the way it looks. If you get something too lightweight, the cork will show through a little.
  • 1 12 x 12 frame
  • pack of regular thumbtacks-I got a pack of 80 at Walmart for .88!
  • A few fabric-covered buttons or whatever else you want to use to decorate the thumbtacks.
  • Glue gun and some E6000 glue if you have it (if not, I recommend it…..I use it for EVERYTHING!)

Start by taking apart your frame…..take out the glass, matting, etc.

Lay your fabric face down and your piece of cork on top.

Start at the corners and glue those up first.

Then, your sides…..try not to burn yourself like I did. That’s another reason I’m glad I went with a heavier fabric :)

Now, just pop it into your frame and put the back on to hold it! So easy!

I chose not to staple or hot glue the cork directly onto the frame….because this way, when I change my mind about the decor (and I know I will :), I can just pop in a new piece of cork with different fabric! And I won’t have to spring for a new frame!

The tacks were just as easy:

Take your fabric covered button (I made mine, so it would match the fabric in my board) and either cut the shank off or you can get some pliers and squeeze the sides together and pop it out.

Then either hot-glue the tack on the inside or use the E6000 (it will never come apart if you use this).

Voila! Easy peasy!

Another reason this will be good is that it shortens the length of the tack so it won’t be too long for your cork board since the cork isn’t very thick.

Have fun!
And don’t forget to send me pics if you do this craft!

About Emily Mcdonald

Emily McDonald is the owner of Not So Idle Hands and lives in Colorado with her hot hubby and 3 cute daughters. When she's not battling ADHD, Fibro, or Migraines she loves to be downstairs playing with all her pretty crafty things making fun stuff. She also runs an awesome Etsy Shop by the same name where she gets to sell shiny supplies to make pretty stuff {check it out!}.


  1. Love it! I linked back to you on my site Thanks!!

  2. I love it, where did you find the 12X12 frame?

  3. Dena Anderson says:

    i love this project! I made it from some of my fabric fabric and it turned out great! instead of framing it, i used ribbon criss crossing over the fabric so i can slide pics in between them. so cute! thank you so much

  4. Very, very cute!!

  5. This is a wonderful idea. Thank you for sharing. Could you tell me who makes that fabric? It is great and would match my Florida sunroom perfectly :)

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