Thursday, 12 October 2017

DIY Cork Board | Room Decor | DIY



Today's post is something a little different. It's not obvious but I am the biggest DIY fan! I love it. My favourite videos to watch on YouTube has got to be DIY Room Decor. I thought, why not actually make something that is going to be useful and share it with you in case you feel inspired to re-create one yourself!

You will need:
  • Corks
  • Frame (old photo)
  • Glue gun 
  • Heat resistant mat
  • Small hand saw
  • Cutting Mat


Step one: Gathering all the corks
Now, you're most likely wondering how I ended up with such a large collection of corks. There's a really interesting collectable store back at home which sells almost anything. Every time I go in there is always something different and I happened to notice a box full of corks, all for 1p each! Of course, I thought this was a great opportunity to get creative and make something out of my collection of DIYs! You might have a jumble, scrap store near you that sells corks, if you do then you're lucky! If not, maybe ask around family and friends and begin your own cork collection. 

Step Two: Choose your frame
Choose a frame or an old photo that you want to use. This can be any size, small or large. If you haven't got as many corks you might want to create a small corkboard that could sit on your desk. I happened to find my frame with a deep picture in the sale for £3 in TKMaxx. I wasn't bothered what the photo looked like as I was covering it with corks anyway!

Step Three: Begin cutting the corks
This step isn't compulsory but it depends on how deep your frame is. I decided to cut all of my corks in half (also a way of cutting down on how many you need!). I had a hand saw lying around from a previous DIY project so I decided to use this to cut my corks. I've got to warn you that it's definitely not as easy as it looks! 



Step Four: Stick down the corks
Position your corks onto your picture frame as you want and begin to glue them down. I found it was easier to glue the end of the cork and then stick it onto the photo rather than to apply the glue straight to the picture. As an alternative instead of a glue gun, you could use wood glue. Keep glueing the corks onto the board until it's completely full. 

Step Five: Begin customising
I've kept mine very basic however you could paint some of the corks to give it some more colour and brighten it up a little. Once I was happy with it I decided to go ahead and attach it to the wall using command hooks (excellent invention) and then started to add some photos and notes. 

And you're all done! A fun DIY that doesn't take too long and looks great once it's finished!




This is the final outcome of my corkboard. Let me know your thoughts, might you give this DIY a try?

- Love Hanney xo



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