IKEA Hack: Fabric Covered Cork Board Tutorial

Ever been to IKEA? Ever visited the IKEA Hackers site? Well, here's my hack. I bought three cork heat boards that I turned into fabric covered cork boards & you can too. Fully functional & pretty, not to mention super easy!

You'll need a hot glue gun, scissors, fabric, cork & a pen or fabric marker.

 Trace around the cork leaving about an inch of room all the way around.

Plug the hot glue gun in and allow it to warm up. Cut fabric. Turn upside down and place the cork on the fabric. Spread a strip of glue along the edge of the cork. Pull fabric up and smoosh onto the glue with your fingers.

This is what it will start to look like. Continue all the way around.

Here's the completed cork.

Repeat with the second one.

And the third.

I used my favorite secret weapon to hang these puppies: 3M Command Strips.

This whole craft cost me little over $3! They look great as wall art as well! Have a great day!

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  1. Great idea, and lovely fabrics! Thanks for sharing :)

  2. Really cute idea. I lead a graft group and we may do this. So easy and inexpensive. Thanks for sharing. Stopping by from Crafty Soiree.

  3. How fun! It would look cool to have a whole wall of them in a workroom or office.

  4. Clever, cheap, & easy! Thanks for sharing.

  5. love these!! your fabric is adorable!!

  6. What a cool idea! I really love it! Thanks for sharing :) I'll have to pin this one ;-)


  7. How cute! I have a package of cork coasters I bought at a thrift store. I am going to copy your idea. So creative! I love the fabrics you used, also.

  8. I have cork boards that need a little love! Thanks for the tips and the idea, and thank you for following my blog! I am gonna follow you too!

  9. i found you through the followers fest...

    i love those boards! so much more chic than plain cork board!

  10. Cu-ute!! Love the fabric you chose. These are very adorable and so do-able!

    Stopping by from follower fest :)

  11. These are so pretty! I've been wanting to make a fabric pin board for months now, but didn't want to make a boring old square or rectangular one. Now I have an excuse to go to Ikea, awsome!

  12. Beautiful! I've been hoping to sojourn to IKEA (2 hours away!) soon, and I might have to add this craft to my to-do list.

  13. Nicole - what a CUTE idea!!! I love IKEA to death. Seriously. I hopped over here from the followers fest! And am now a proud follower of yours :)

  14. YES! This is amazing! I have some cork boards that need a little update that I got from Wal Mart a while ago, so I just need to go buy some fabric!

    Thanks for the tutorial :)

  15. This is SO brilliant! Thanks for sharing :)

  16. Cute!

    I'm stopping by from the followers fest. New follower.

    Hope you can check me out at

    Happy Halloween!

  17. OMG I Love this! I'll be featuring this on tomorrow's TTLP! Thank you so much for taking the time to link this up :)

  18. You rock so I featured you this week at my Hookin Up with HoH Link Party!

    Feel free to stop by and grab a button if you'd like.


    Allison @ House of Hepworths

  19. Ok, I am going to have to rush over and check out the Ikea Hackers site you mentioned. I used these trivets as teachers gifts last your for my daughters teachers...they were adorable...but I LOVE how you covered them with fabric. It did not occur to me! I will have to go and get some more and make these for myself! Thanks for sharing!


  20. These are adorable!! What a clever idea and I love the fabric prints, too.

  21. love this idea...and the fabrics you chose!


  22. These are so cheery! Love them! Thanks for sharing. :)

  23. This was such a great idea. Can't wait to copy. :) Functional meets pretty- perfection!
    Meredith From A Mother Seeking Come find me on my blog, A Mother Seeking...

  24. I wanted to let you know that I featured this in my "What I Bookmarked This Week" post today - stop by and see!

  25. I love these, Nicole! I need to make some asap. ;)

    SO excited to be CHWH partners! <3

  26. Very smart! and the choice of fabrics are great!

    Team Craftwell


  27. LOVE this!!! i saw the cork and ran to my drawer and saw that i had 3 round cork "hot plates" and then when i came back VERY excited that i can do this project with materials i have at home i continued reading and realized they were the EXACT same 3 cork pads you got from IKEA. can't wait to do this!! it'll look SO cute next to my computer desk at home.
    Thanks for posting

  28. Doing this tonight! I have all of the above in the house. My desk area is in need of some love. May add magnets to the back to use on the fridge!

  29. I loved these when I saw them, and as we are getting closer to the Christmas season, I thought they could be adapted to look like large Christmas balls. With the addition of a plastic conduit clamp ($.69 ea Can. at my local Home Hardware) added to the top edge they look great! Thanks for the inspiration. http://ep.yimg.com/ca/I/yhst-90335684517677_2182_803201617

  30. Thank you Nicole, we love your blog, Sew Much Sunshine! We shared your “fabric covered cork boards” as a jewelry display on our facebook page here: http://www.facebook.com/Pick.Up.Sticks.Jewelry

  31. Great idea! It´s a good, easy to make and not so expensive present for friends!

  32. Great idea! Tks for sharing! Paula

  33. Love the idea and will do it with my two daughters who are having their rooms redecorated... also could use square ones hung on the diagonal or square to add new shapes...

  34. I LOVE this. I may be a little dense...exactly which command product did you use to hang these? Thanks!

  35. I am dense...found the strips lol

  36. what size cork circles did you use???? I don't have an ikea close to me---but I think I could re-create these.

  37. What kind of Fabric? Where'd you get it?

  38. HI,
    I just did this project. I had 4 12x12 cork squares, but I had to use two, glue them together, than put the fabric on it. is there a trick to make sure the fabric is tight? I only came out with one 9x12 covered cork. is there a certain kind of cork you use?

  39. I think you have done such a great craft! I have always suched them, but never thought they are actually cork boards! I have to pin this and make it soon! Supersmart and Superpretty!

  40. Super idea but why not cover the metal lids that go to a large container that you've rec'd as a gift. I've rec'd popcorn in a large tin and I use that for storing Vermiculite and perlite in. On metal lids you could use magnets, then you would not ruin the beautiful fabric with push pins. Just my two cents..same results in the end.

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