Initially I set out to cover an old cork board that my daughter uses to hang her artwork. The cork board is probably 5 years old and has seen its share of holes. It also isn't thick enough to accommodate most push pins, so you can imagine that since the back is full of holes, the wall behind it was full of scratches.
|The cork board was showing some wear and tear.|
|The back-- cork board carnage!|
|I pieced together flaps from an old cardboard box.|
|Allow enough fabric to fold over the edge.|
|Pull the fabric tightly and pin the fabric in the middle of each edge to hold it in place.|
|Be careful with hot glue-- it WILL soak through the fabric and burn your fingers! (See my "Things I Learned" list at the end of this post.)|
|My cat has always been obsessed with the smell of glue. She's a weirdo.|
|I could have stopped here, but I kept on going...|
|Lots of leftover cardboard; four layers are enough to hold a pin.|
|I straightened up the edges a bit more, but they weren't perfectly square or straight.|
|Covering my cardboard "corkboard."|
At this point I had run out of hot glue, so I used Elmer's. It worked just fine, but since it takes longer to dry, I had to keep the push pins in longer to hold the fabric while it dried. I also used a stapler to secure the fabric in place, especially on the corners.
|A stapler also works to secure fabric.|
|I secured the ribbon with a stapler.|
|Arranging the corkboards on the floor before hanging them on the wall. I added a bow to one to dress it up a little.|
|Ready for some artwork!|
Things I learned from this project:
- Use a warm glue gun instead of a hot glue gun if you can. I don't know how I manage to do it, but I burn myself EVERY TIME I use my hot glue gun. The glue will soak through the fabric on this project and will easily stick to your fingers when pushing the fabric down. I vowed I would get a warm glue gun after I used up the last of my hot glue sticks, and since I used the last of them on this project, I finally can. My fingers are thanking me already.
- Elmer's glue or craft glue works just as well but will require being pinned down to hold the fabric tight as it dries. I used Elmer's glue for the last three boards, and the fabric starts to slide back if not firmly pinned down. Or, you can use a stapler to secure the fabric.
- Iron your fabric first if it is wrinkly. It will make your board look smoother and will allow you to pull the fabric tightly around the edges.
- Wrap a ribbon tightly around the board and secure to the back if you want to be able to display pictures without pins.
- If you want to ensure straight edges, cut with an X-acto knife or utility knife and a straight edge. This will give you a smoother, straighter edge than using scissors. I used scissors, and I eyeballed my straight line. The final product isn't as crisp and sharp as it could have been had I taken the time to measure and cut my cardboard.
- The adage is true-- measure twice and cut once, especially if you are going for straight, clean edges. Or you can try my "eyeball it" method-- just depends on how much time and effort you want to spend on this project.
- Keep the cat away from the glue. Because if the cat is obsessed with the glue, and the dog is obsessed with the cat, it can make for a very hairy project.