Tutorial Tuesday: Fawn Cork Board
Happy Tuesday! I’m excited to share this project because I think it turned out so cute. One of the comments (thanks, Ren!) on my Miu Miu-inspired swallow pin contained a link to this Modcloth bird bulletin board (now sold out). Baby deer are one of my favorite animal motifs, so I decided to make a fawn bulletin board rather than a bird. You could easily scale up the template from the bird pin and use that if you prefer a bird, however.
Sharp X-acto knife or razor blades
1. Print out the template and cut it out. Printed full-size, it will just fit on a piece of standard paper.
2. Place the template on the cork and tape it down in a few spots. My cork has been rolled up forever and wouldn’t stay flat, so it was especially important to tape it down. Trace around your template with a ball-point pen. Peel up the individual pieces of tape when you get to them, then replace them after you trace the edges they were overlapping. You want the side with the pen marks to be the back, so make sure you take this into account if you want your fawn to face a certain direction.
3. Remove the template and with a sharp knife or razor, cut out your design. If your cutting device is not sharp enough the cork will tear and you won’t get a nice clean line. A new blade is important!
4. Optional: If your cork isn’t very thick, repeat steps 2 and 3 to cut out another piece of cork in the same shape.
5. Use your template again to cut out a thin piece of cardboard for the backing. Mine is recycled from a cereal box.
6. Spread a thin, even layer of glue on the cardboard and place one of your cork pieces on top. If you cut a second piece of cork, spread another layer of glue and put the last cork piece on top of the first one. Put everything under a heavy book for a couple of hours. When it’s done drying, use your razor or knife to carefully trim any uneven edges.
7. Add a piece of mounting tape to the back and stick your new cork board to the wall.