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DIY Framed Cork Board


cork board black and white 7.jpgA couple of years ago, I picked up these mirrors at Habitat Restore. As usual, I didn’t know what I was going to do with them, but brought them home anyway.

Making a framed cork board / bulletin board came to mind. I picked up some fabric and foam core at Hobby Lobby, then grabbed a can of Heirloom White spray paint from Home Depot.

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First step was to disassemble them.

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Once the mirrors were removed from the frames, I traced the outline of the opening on to a form core board. (I could have traced the mirrors, but that just occurred to me at this very moment! Duh!)

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After I had the opening traced, I took the frames outside for several coats of Heirloom White spray paint.

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I used an Xacto knife and my sewing straight edge to cut out the foam core.

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Next I glued on cork board to the front of the form core, using E6000 glue as the adhesive.

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Once the glue was dried. I trimmed the cork board to the size of the foam core board.

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The final step was wrapping the foam core/cork board in fabric. I cut the fabric a couple of inches bigger than the foam core then folded over the edge and stapled it together. I also used hot glue to the edge of the seams for extra hold.  Then I hinged the two frames back together. Done!

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Linking To:

Upcycled Treasures

Sand & Sisal

Delineate Your Dwelling

It’s Overflowing

Lil Mrs. Tori

Not Just a HouseWife

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DIY Printed Burlap Pillow Tutorial


Correction… I used freezer paper for this project, not wax paper. Sorry!

Did you know you can iron fabric to freezer paper and send it through the printer? It’s like magic! Yes, I’m easily amused. But this is such an easy thing to do and the possibilities are endless!

We live in a lake area, so I wanted to make a printed burlap pillow with the name of our lake on it. Clean and simple. Just white fabric and some natural colored burlap.

burlap pillow 1 I used a sheet of copy paper as my “template” for cutting the was paper to 8 1/2 x 11. I did the same for the burlap.

burlap pillow 3 After cutting out the freezer paper and the burlap to 8 1/2 x 11, I pinned the pieces together. Make sure the shiny side of the wax paper is facing your fabric (burlap in my case).  Starting at the top, I slowly ironed the burlap and wax paper together.

burlap pillow 4 Once your fabric is ironed to the freezer paper, and cooled, you can put it in your jet printer. Take all extra paper out of the tray first.

burlap pillow wax and burlap apart   After you have the fabric printed, separate the freezer paper from your fabric.

burlap pillow 7 The pillow form I used was 18 inches. I cut the fabric 18 inches square. I didn’t add any seam allowance because my pillow form was not overly stuffed and I wanted the cover to fit snug.

burlap pillow 8 I sewed the burlap to my pillow fabric, using the edge of the foot as my guide. It’s probably about 1/2 inches in from the edge.

burlap pillow 9 Once all for side of the burlap were sewn to the pillow fabric, I unraveled the edges of the burlap to the seam i just sewed.

burlap pillow 10 The back side of the pillow was made with an envelope opening. I took two pieces of fabric, 18 x 14, turned one side of the fabric under twice and sewed a hem.

burlap pillow 11 Right sides together, sew all away around the pillow. Twice for extra strength.

burlap pillow 12Where the pillow will open in the back, hit the reverse lever on you sewing machine a couple of times and go back and forth over that area.  Turn right side out and iron. And you’re finished!

Printed Burlap Pillow Think of all the things you can do with personal printed fabric! Gifts, holiday decorations, pictures… Oh my!


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