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While I didn't love working with paint & cork- I was really excited about working with the fabric & cork. Because I sew a lot- I have quite the stash of fabric in my home. So I searched for some great scrap pieces to use for this project!
Cork Board Mouse Pad
You don't need much for this project- you need your cork board, fabric, mod podge, fabric, a marker & scissors.
First step is to cut your fabric! Trace your cork onto the fabric. Simple.
Then, make your cut on the inside of your tracing. Once it's all cut you're ready for the next part!
You might notice when you cut your fabric that it might be fraying. Normally, when I cut fabric I use pinking shears-they create that triangular edging that helps prevent fraying.
What I suggest here is if you have fray guard- use it. But if not, make sure to seal it by using your mod podge once your fabric is glued on. This will seal it so that fraying won't continue.
Next, get your cork board layered with mod podge! You want a nice, thick, even coat of it before you put your fabric down.
When you're ready, begin to place your fabric over your cork board. Use your fingers to make it flat & push out any bubbles.
Once that's done, you're done! Let it dry for few hours & you are good to use it as mouse pad or to hang it and use it as a regular cork board.
Now, onto my favorite tutorial for the cork!!
This was my absolute favorite project of the cork boards! You use the same techniques as above but you take it a step further. You'll still need all the same materials as above plus a picture frame. This can be any size you'd like (based on the size of cork you have of course). You can purchase a new one, use an old one or make your own (click here for a simple tutorial).
Cork Board Earring Holders
I happened to have 3 of these simple, black frames laying around which was perfect!
You're going to follow the same steps as above- depending on your frame size & cork size, you might need to trim the cork too like I had to.
So, trim your cork if needed, cut your fabric, glue the fabric onto the cork, push out any bubbles & let dry.
I didn't let it fully dry, I waited about 45 minutes which was sufficient.
Then you simply put your cork into the picture frame- leaving out the glass piece.
You can use this as a regular cork board if you like, but I opted to use it for an earring holder. I am constantly losing backings of earrings or it takes me way to long to find a pair of studs.
So what I did was, I pushed in my earrings into the cork! Depending on how thick your fabric is, you might have to push a little harder but you still want to be careful so you don't bend your earring posts.
I seriously loved this! I loved this so much I made a second one to use!
For me this idea works- I'll keep my earring backings in the same drawer in my jewelry case as I always have. But now I save myself time grabbing a pair of earrings and not finding another pair that has a backing that I can grab.
You can add way more earrings on this too which is great! I don't quite know yet how it'll work with earrings without posts- this might not be the way to store them!
But regardless, this is an awesome project- simple, fun, inexpensive! I hope you try it out & love it too!
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