How to Make a Decorative Cork Board

Even if you are not crafty you can make this project. Let the little ones make a cork board of their own. Get all your photos organized and make a clever display. Making this decorative cork board couldn't be easier. All you need are a few supplies. This project also works well for displaying your kids' school work, art, or other family keepsakes. We will tell you how to make a basic fabric covered cork board and you can dress it up with whatever you want.

Have fun dressing up your house and getting organized at the same time with this easy family idea!

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Supplies you need for decorative cork board:

  • scissors

  • corkboard

  • fabric or felt (enough to cover your board)

  • ribbon or yarn (around 4 yards)

  • thumbtacks, adhesive spray or heavy duty staples

Gather up all your supplies. If you are not using felt, be sure to iron the fabric first before you cover the cork board with it.

Lay the fabric on a flat surface Place the cork board on top of it. This is the time to make sure everything is lined up the way you want it. Cut the fabric so there are a few extra inches around all sides. You don't want so much excess material that it's bulky when you secure it.

Once you have everything the way you like it, wrap the board with the fabric. Pull the fabric around tightly and secure the fabric to the cork board with thumbtacks. You could secure this with adhesive spray or heavy-duty staples as well. But sturdy thumb tacks will allow you to change the fabric out when you want a new look.


Once the fabric is secured, flip the board over. Measure and trim ribbon so that you can cover the board diagonally. Make sure to leave the ribbon long enough to secure around the back of the cork board. Wrap the board diagonally with your ribbon. You can use several strips of ribbon if you want to display a lot of photos. You can also alternate ribbon colors for different looks. Get creative.

Make sure that everything is secured tightly with thumb tacks before you set up your display.

To make your cork board fancier, you can create pockets with fabric. Or use different household items to secure things to your board such as clothespins, safety pins or diaper pins.

cork board

What to display on your decorative cork board:

Cork boards don't have to be used just for photos. You can use them to organize anything or make creative gifts for your friends and family. They work for all kinds of family projects. Here are a few ideas for things to display on your decorative cork board:

  • Goal setting, calendars, and to-do projects

  • Fitness goals and inspiration

  • Family recipes

  • Baby showers or birthday parties

  • School work or kids art

  • Family photos

  • Chores or shopping lists

  • Love notes for the family

  • Crayons, markers, and school supplies

  • Numbers, colors, shapes, or learning activities