Cork bulletin boards are great for displaying items, but cork isn’t the most attractive color/texture. In this post, I’ll show you how to cover a cork bulletin board with fabric to give it a quick makeover. It doesn’t take a huge amount of fabric, and it’s an easy way to add a pop of color to your bulletin board.
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- Cork bulletin board (check thrift stores for these–they always seem to have them!)
- 1/2 yard fabric
- Stanley Heavy-Duty Staple/Brad Nail Gun with Heavy-Duty Staple & Brad Assortment, 2500-Pack
How to Cover Your Cork Bulletin Board with Fabric
My cork bulletin board had a plastic frame around it originally. It was glued on, but still pretty easy to dislodge with a screwdriver and then peel off. Once you have your cork detached from its frame, cut some fabric, leaving about 2-3″ extra all around your cork board.
I stapled the fabric to the cork board along the straight edges, leaving the corners undone. I left about 2″ unstapled on either side of all of the corners.
Around the corners, I pleated the fabric with my fingers, held it in place, and stapled generously. Don’t bunch your pleats too much–try to keep them evenly spaced.
Here’s how this corner looked from the front:
This is how the back looked after I stapled everything. I trimmed away some of the excess fabric, too.
And the entire front:
Next, I put the frame back on. I didn’t glue it again because the fabric added a little extra width, which helped the plastic frame keep its grip.
You can see a small gap at the front, but overall, the frame went back on nicely. The fabric adds a small amount of bulk, which is why the frame didn’t close entirely, but it’s not that noticeable.
Enjoy your finished bulletin board! It’s much prettier than the original.