Monday, September 10, 2012

DIY Cork Board Painting

painted cork pin boards

Super easy and super cheap art work & practical pin up boards.

It's really easy to paint your own cork boards for decoration, use as a pin up board or even as placemats and coasters.

All you need are some cork shapes, paint and tape. (Optional - white primer. You could probably just use white paint if you don't have primer.) Only takes a couple of hours including paint drying time. Probably just 20 minutes of actual doing-something time, and you can go away and do something else while the paint dries.

These are heat pads from the 2 dollar shop - cost me $4 in total. From there it was essentially free since I already had the paint and the duct tape. If you have to buy the supplies, it still won't cost you that much to buy a bit of acrylic paint and some masking tape or duct tape. 

1. Tape off cork boards in varying designs.
2. Paint with a coat of primer (or white paint.) You can skip this step if you want, but the colours won't be as vibrant at the end.

3. Once the primer is dry, paint with your choice of acrylic paint.
4. Once the paint is dry, peel off the tape and there you have it.

I stuck mine up on the wall as a decorative pin up board. Although they looked too pretty to stick pins in so I ended up using some mini craft pegs stuck on with blu-tack instead of pins. 

If you wanted to make these permanent you could even glue them on to clip on notes, photos, tickets, whatever on to your boards. (Obviously the positioning is permanent then, though.)

The possibilities are endless with these DIY arty cork boards - you could do this on a full size cork board, on a combination of round and square ones, on coasters or placemats.... use different thicknesses of tape or use stencils to create decorative designs or add initials or words.

The limit is your creativity! :)

Happy cork painting!

1 comment:

  1. These are great! If you wanted to use them as placemats, would you need to paint any kind of protective coating on top so you can wipe them clean if they get dirty? And if so what would you recommend? Thanks!


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