We Lived Happily Ever After: DIY Cork Board Art

Monday, September 29, 2014

DIY Cork Board Art

Hey everyone! Did you all hear my big news about the new baby (HERE)? I've been over the moon excited! I can't wait to start working on the nursery. But in the meanwhile, let me share some more tutorials from June's new room (see the full reveal HERE)!

 We had a dingy old cork board that I "stole" from my parents when they moved, and I wanted to do something fun with it for our new home. At first, I was going to sharpie a herringbone accent wall in June's room. Silas said no. Flat out no. Wahhh! Hahaha... he was probably right. It would have overwhelmed the space. 

So I decided to incorporate my beloved herringbone pattern in some large wall art instead. 

Then my mind started ticking: Herringbone + Cork Board!

To make my Cork Board Art, I had to paint over the cork first. We tried spray paint first, but it soaked it up like crazy. So we took out the roller and added some bright white paint. Cork is very porous, so it ended up needing like 4-5 coats to get the pure white coverage I wanted. 

By the way, I just used regular wall paint for this.

Then I got out my highlighter sharpie thing. I tired out several brands, but this pen from Staples was the one that matched the color I was going for.

To do a herringbone pattern, you will need a thin strip of painter's tape, as shown above, and a regular thick piece for the outer edge. Now draw lines until your wrist cramps.

And to think, I was going to do this to a whole wall! Haha! My hands would have fallen off from all the lines!

Now for the easy part: peel the tape off and start a new row. 

Repeat the two above steps until your cork board is covered in herringbone.

Looks cute, doesn't it?

I really love how it adds some colorful texture to the space, without being overwhelming (and monopolizing the whole wall ;)

Make sure to stop by all this week for more fun tutorials.

The Animal Heads are coming soon, I promise. I just need to finish developing the printable  PDF patterns!

Have a lovely day. XOXO


  1. Ah love this, it's gorgeous!!! Ouch though hand drawing all those lines. The things we do for craft lol!! I'm itching to see the tutorial for that simple rug you did on the floor - not the bear one the other one. It's so cute and I now have to make one for my office! Can't wait to see more!! Xo

  2. I love it! How creative you are (sorry for my english)! I´ll try to replicate to see if I get it so well. Thanks for sharing.

  3. Ohhh I love this idea. It looks so much prettier than if the cork was on display. I might have to try this.