Don’t tell my husband, but my cork board wall in our playroom is happening!
Just kidding, he saw it and loves it. And you will too!
Your Guide To Creating a Large Cork Board Wall For Kids’ Creations, Or Your Home Office!
We have a little craft nook carved out in our playroom for the kids where they do all their creating. I wanted to find a cute way to hang up their creations (besides taped to the door!). I had a few cork board ideas – but a regular sized bulletin board seemed a little dinky for this space. I wanted something oversized that they could fill up. Why not DIY a large cork board wall?
I did find some really nicely done cork boards that I considered (shop around below), but once I had the idea in my head of turning the whole wall into a cork board wall I couldn’t stop.
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Supplies For A Cork Board Wall:
This can be completed in an afternoon! You will want a friend to make this project easier. Measure how many square feet your wall is (length times width), so you know how much cork you will need!
- A large roll of cork – this particular roll of cork I used is 1/4″ thick – you need it thick enough for pins to be able to hold things and be sturdy (pins won’t stick through flimsy cork). If your wall is smaller, you could use these large cork board pieces. I prefer the larger sized rolls so you have as few seams as possible.
- Extra long brass tacks is what I used to attach the cork to the wall. You could also try furniture tacks (make sure these are similar in color to cork and at least double the size of the cork thickness)
- sharp scissors
To begin, you will plan where the first roll of cork would look best.
Where To Put Your First Roll of Cork and How To Level It
Tip! Find out if your ceilings and wall edges are straight with your level. Don’t skip this step – if you line up the cork flush with a crooked ceiling, you will notice that the seams of the cork rolls are crooked once the cork board wall is installed.
This wall – where the bookshelf sits – is where my cork board wall is going:
Take a look at light switches, thermostats, etc. on the wall- you will be cutting around them!
To plan where you will put your first roll of cork, measure how wide your cork roll is and how wide the wall is. You will want to start towards the middle and work your way out. This way you can try and avoid ending up with a tiny 3″ roll of cork on the end, which won’t look great.
Cut out the first roll with exact dimensions, taking into account any crooked ceilings.
Unfortunately, the molding along my floor was level but my ceiling line was slightly crooked. I traced out my ceiling line on a piece of paper, and transferred the paper to the cork, drew along where I would need to cut with a pen, and cut the cork out along the line.
Keeping Things Level and Attaching
Begin by lining the edge of your cork up to the top or bottom and start rolling the cork down or up the wall. Since my floor was straight, I started at the bottom and rolled up. Every 3 feet I stuck in an extra long brass tack to hold the cork into the wall. The head of these tacks are smaller than normal tacks, and about the same color as the cork.
If the sides of the wall are seen, make extra sure to line the edges of the wall up with the cork evenly.
The first piece is the most time consuming. By the time you get to the second roll, you will just be making sure it is lined up with the first cork roll. This is why it’s so important you start out straight!
The seam between the two cork rolls can be seen, but are not noticeable. Can you spot it?
For electrical outlets, thermostats or any other objects you have to trim around, you will want to turn off the electricity, and then unscrew the cover of the object. Roll the cork over the object and tack it into the wall. Then, taking a craft knife or scissors, gently cut into the center of the object and slowly around, taking great care not to cut too far out around the object.
When I cut out around the thermostat, the edges were jagged and not straight. When I screwed the cover of the thermostat back on, it covered all the jagged edges and looked flush.
Something To Note About Attaching The Cork
The tacks that will hold your art and other things to the cork will not go into the drywall. But because I am attaching the cork to the wall using furniture tacks, I will end up with holes in the wall when I decide to take the cork board wall down. Either way this wall is going to need painting one day, so I am okay with some small holes. It’s such a small wall that a little sparkle and paint it won’t be an issue. They do sell spray adhesive, but I didn’t want to destroy the wall when I took the cork down. I believe if you use adhesive you will have to retexture your drywall when you take the cork off.