Framed Corkboard, Multipurpose Wall Decor
Firstly I am not a very smart crafty person, meaning that I have no special talents or brains for crafts.haha so rest assured that when I tell you that this was really so fun and simple, that I'm telling the truth! haha I wanted to have a place in the my daughters room to display their drawings and artwork without getting the walls too cluttery, and so i thought a giant cork board would just about do the trick! I wanted it to be pretty though and feminine, so just follow the steps to see just how fun and easy it can be!
Tips for starting out:
-Chose a frame, and than a cork board that fits into your frame. Not the other way around, bevause corkboard comes in all sizes!
-I Thrifted my frame for $4.00 last year, and its been hanging around, empty, for a while.
-The cork board came from Costco for around $8.00. I didn't even think to put them together when I bought the cork board, but they worked!
If you like the color of your frame already, that's great! leave out the spray paint, frog tape, paint mask, and the small paint brush! Not everyone needs a paint mask anyways, I'm just a baby I guess:)
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Step #1: Chose a piece of cement or gravel outside (no grass because it will mess up your painting process), I chose a gross basement room that was going to be painted:) Place all your tools in a stack in the corner, dawn your mask, and start painting! Once you've reached every nook and cranny that you can with it in that position, leave it to dry. That was the most exciting part for me, the painting:) Even though I love gold, that frame was matte and just...ugly. moving on! After your paint is all dry on the front, flip it over (on a blanket or something)and do the edges and back! You don't want nasty color showing from the side:)
Step # 3: This is where I got a little ahead of myself and stopped taking pictures.ha ha Step 3 is (in case your frame doesn't have hangers already(mine didn't.lol) take your drill, and (marking spots with a pencil or just eyeballing it) drill two holes a few inches from the right and left sides of the frame. The closer together you put them, the more unsteady your frame will be on the wall. Once that's done you're going to cut a piece of wire long enough to go through the holes and than twist back on itself! like in the pictures:)
Step #4: Next you're going to take your dried cork board and place it snuggle inside your frame. Most frames aren't accustomed to fitting more than the thickness of a photo, hence the Gorilla Glue. If you trust another glue brand, that's your paragotive:) So, I took the glue and squeezed it into all the places that the frame met the cork board. If it only connects in a few places, make sure you reinforce it in those places at least! You need to be careful with Gorilla Glue that you don't over-glue, because this type of glue expands considerable during the drying process, which actually makes it hold together better, so no worries:)
Step #5: After my glue was dry, I sprayed it white too (it dried an orangy yellow).
Now is the fun Part! The Hanging! that sounds real morbid I know...
Here's the finished product from the back:
and you can see in the second picture how I used the glue in at least three places on each side:
Hold it up to the wall where you think you want it hanging. Once you find the place, mark it with a pencil mark on the wall near the middle of the frame at the top. Eyeball how far below the place you marked is the wire hanger. using your drill again, drill a tiny hole in the wall and insert your mollie and your screw. Hang. Stand back, and admire!
I absolutely love how this turned out! I want to do one for each of the girls, then when it gets full they can rotate out something old!
Also, I chose to use this fancy frame, but I've seen it done with all types of small frames in a little cluster, also a great idea! maybe I'll find a round frame and matching cork board for Sophie...
Hope the directions make sense! Again, its way easier than I thought, and I know you'll be so surprised at how fast it goes