12.16.2010

Fun with cork and stencils

Ages ago I acquired six 12" x 12" pieces of dark brown cork for free. I wasn't sure how to display them but I knew they would work well on my walls for setting up an inspiration board, etc.

One thing I figured was that I could definitely find a cheap solution for mounting the cork. That proved to be difficult! I thought I could find some secondhand frames... No luck! Oddly enough square frames are hard to find especially secondhand. Then I thought I could find another cheap alternative but nothing cheap came along. I finally decided to purchase 4 wood panels from Opus Framing & Art Supplies for $9/each. It seemed expensive at first but they really were the perfect option.

Now that I had the cork board and wood panels, I was ready to glue the cork to the panels and then hang them. But then I decided to add something else to make them more interesting. Why not stencil something onto the cork? Crazy... Not so much. I found some great examples of stenciled cork like these DIY cork coasters.

Last night I took a break from sewing and stenciled one of the boards. I'm stenciling a word on each board - one will say 'peeps' for things related to friends like business cards, one will say 'ideas' for things that inspire me, one will say 'wants' for things I really want and one will say 'needs' for the items I actually need.

Here's board #1...

Here's how I created my personalize cork board. First here are the cork boards I started with...

Next I used the free vinyl I got through work for the stencil. I printed out the words I wanted, taped the paper onto the vinyl then used my X-Acto knife to cut out the letters...

The vinyl had a sticky side that adhered perfectly to the cork. Once I stuck the vinyl onto the cork, I used a sponge to add my white acrylic paint...

Here's the stenciled board on the left and my wood panel on the right. Next I added white glue to the wood panel and placed the cork board on the panel...

I actually stood on the panel initially to help adhere the cork to the board. This got boring fast so after about 10 minutes I replaced my body with books.

This morning I checked on my project and it turned out perfectly...

This weekend I hope to finish up the other 3 boards and then hang them beside my desk... Finally I'll have stuff on my walls!

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