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Craft Tutorial: Vintage Wooden Spool Cork Board

Posted by Stephanie C. from Walnut Creek, California, United States • Published See Stephanie C.'s 5 projects »
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  • How to make a corkboard. Vintage Wooden Spool Cork Board - Step 1
    Step 1

    I had this cork board with a ledge for a pencil, also a thrifted item. I thought I’d make a message board or inspiration board or whatever board for my craft corner.

  • How to make a corkboard. Vintage Wooden Spool Cork Board - Step 2
    Step 2

    The ledge and the corkboard are all held in with screws so things were easy for even me to remove.

  • How to make a corkboard. Vintage Wooden Spool Cork Board - Step 3
    Step 3

    I covered the ledge with jute twine. First I covered the sides with some short strands. I used hot glue on the edges to keep them in place.

  • How to make a corkboard. Vintage Wooden Spool Cork Board - Step 4
    Step 4

    Then I wound the twine around the short way, covering the short strands and leaving the sides finished.

  • How to make a corkboard. Vintage Wooden Spool Cork Board - Step 5
    Step 5

    All covered up.

  • How to make a corkboard. Vintage Wooden Spool Cork Board - Step 6
    Step 6

    For the frame, I wanted to keep the background white so that the wood spools and the thread colors would stand out, but I also wanted to add some texture and interest, particularly on the sides of the frame. So I wound the twine around the frame going one direction and criss-crossing over in the other direction. I used dabs of hot glue in the back to keep the twine in place.

  • How to make a corkboard. Vintage Wooden Spool Cork Board - Step 7
    Step 7

    Screw the corkboard and the ledge back in. As you do this, think about the time you told your mean manager that “You have a screw loose.” When he said “WHAT?” to you, you picked up the screw that fell out of his chair and handed it to him, saying “A screw fell out of your chair.” Giggle to yourself as you twist all 10 screws back into the frame. Teehee. Heeheeheeheeheehee. He has a screw loose! Teeheehee.

  • How to make a corkboard. Vintage Wooden Spool Cork Board - Step 8
    Step 8

    Now it’s ready for the spools! I sorted my spools into small/medium/large. There were mostly large, some small and only a few mediums.

  • How to make a corkboard. Vintage Wooden Spool Cork Board - Step 9
    Step 9

    I actually wanted to turn all the labels out, but the large spools were sticking out too much for this project. So I turned out a few of the small ones, and left space in between the large ones so you could still see them if you looked closely.

  • How to make a corkboard. Vintage Wooden Spool Cork Board - Step 10
    Step 10

    I hot glued the spools into place.

  • How to make a corkboard. Vintage Wooden Spool Cork Board - Step 11
    Step 11

    There were two small spools that were almost empty. I removed the thread and glued thumbtacks onto them.

  • How to make a corkboard. Vintage Wooden Spool Cork Board - Step 12
    Step 12

    And I couldn’t resist doing the same with some vintage buttons.

  • How to make a corkboard. Vintage Wooden Spool Cork Board - Step 13
    Step 13

    All done. It looks so fun as an inspiration board in my craft corner.

  • How to make a corkboard. Vintage Wooden Spool Cork Board - Step 14
    Step 14

    I purposely put the two largest spools at the bottom to hold a pencil and a pair of little scissors.

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Mai
Mai · Fort Walton Beach, Florida, US · 15 projects
TOOOOOOOO effing cute!
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Cat Morley
Cat Morley · London, GB · 1428 projects
I need this for my craft space!
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Emmyann07
Emmyann07 · Sacramento, California, US · 49 projects
really charming
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Claire J
Claire J · Prestatyn, Wales, GB · 97 projects
Now this would look AMAZING in my craft room! Happy well done it's lovely.
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