DIY Cork Board | 30 min Easy Office Makeover Project

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Today I’m showing you how I made this super cute DIY Cork Board project for my office makeover in under 30 minutes!

If you aren’t crafty, don’t worry. This project is so easy and makes a great first DIY/craft project! All it takes is a bit of painting and gluing.

As part of a monthly challenge, I decided to do a makeover of my home office. Part of my office challenge involved turning my workspace into something more usable and functional.

My old cork board sat against my back wall for quite some time in an unreachable spot – just holding my business license. It was old and dusty and in need of a makeover too.

I decided to give to do a little DIY cork board project – something easy that wouldn’t take too much time. These days, 30 minutes is all the time I have to spare!

DIY Cork Board Project Supplies

  • framed corkboard/ bulletin board
  • white paint
  • roller and tray
  • paintbrush
  • 4 scrapbook sheets/ decorated craft paper
  • measuring tape/ ruler
  • scissors/ or rotary knife and mat
  • white glue
  • craft paintbrush
  • water
  • foam or plastic cup
  • fabric ribbon

Don’t Have an Old Cork Board?

No worries, you may be able to find one at Goodwill or Facebook Marketplace.

Another option – grab an inexpensive cork board on Amazon and use this DIY tutorial to personalize it for your space!

Paint the Cork Board (Bulletin Board)

DIY Cork Board Project 30 Minute Easy Office Makeover Project

First, I washed any dust off of my cork board and then brought it out to the garage where I like to paint (safely away from the kids).

Using a small paint roller I gave the entire cork board a coat of white paint. I like to use paint that contains primer for good, solid coverage.

I used a paintbrush to get into the spots around the frame where the roller could not easily reach.

The cork board soaked up lots of paint, but that wasn’t a problem. I had no intention of the cork being visible when completed.

The painting process only took a few minutes. I let it dry completely and came back later for the next steps.

Measure your Cork Board & Cut Paper to Fit

measure your cork board

My Cork Board / Bulletin Board measures 21″ x 15″ 1/4 inside to inside. Therefore I needed 4 pieces of scrapbook paper measuring 10″ 1/2 x 7″ 5/8.

I used a quilting ruler to measure and my rotary cutter to cut the scrapbook paper on my healable mat.

If you don’t have these supplies, a pair of scissors and a ruler work just as well.

Making A Glue Paint For The DIY Cork Board project

apply glue

I poured the white glue into the foam cup, then slowly added water while stirring with a craft paintbrush.

It’s important to add water slowly; you are looking to add just enough water to make it easy to paint with.

Apply Scrapbook Paper To Cork Board Project

After the glue paint was a decent consistency, I simply flipped the scrapbook paper over and painted it with the glue-paint.

I lined up the edges of the paper with the edges of the frame as best as I could and smoothed out each paper one by one.

I painted a bit more glue around the edges of all the papers to make sure they were sticking.

Apply Ribbon to Cork Board Project

apply ribbon

Taking some 1″ 1/2 ribbon I cut a length for the width (21″) and a strip for the length (15″ 1/4), I painted the glue right on top of the paper estimating a 1″ 1/2 area. Then I pressed down the ribbon to cover the edges where the scrapbook paper meets.

I gave the entire thing a good smoothing with my hands and went over the edges of the ribbon with the glue.

Finished! My DIY Cork Board Makeover Project Done in Under 30 Minutes

hang your new cork board

This project is so easy to do and it’s a super cute and budget-friendly way to spruce up a room. Custom decorative cork board can be quite pricey, so giving an old one a quick and easy makeover is well worth the 30 minutes of your time.

diy cork board makeover project

Let me know in the comments below what you think about this project. Are you going to give it a try?

Show me your completed cork board project!

If you use this tutorial as inspiration I would love to share your photo, with credit, to this post. To submit simply email me at with DIY Cork Board Project in the subject line! I can’t wait to see your projects!

If you like quick and easy projects, you might also like our 10-minute vintage book set. Give your favorite books some farmhouse appeal so they fit right in with any room!

Until next time,

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