Fabric Covered Corkboard
Kids are more likely to complete homework when there is a specific place for them to work. Set up a fun-looking, portable homework stations to keep school supplies and notes in one place.
What you’ll need
- Corkboard with wooden border
- Thin piece of fabric, large enough to cover cork
- 2 sheets of felt, one white and one that compliments the color of the fabric
- 1 sheet of felt in a color that contrasts with your fabric (for child’s name)
- Liquid gesso
- White acrylic craft paint
- Felt glue
- White craft glue
- Strong craft glue (recommended: E-6000 Craft Adhesive)
- Acrylic sealer spray
- Craft knife
How to make it
- Paint the border of the corkboard with 1-2 coats of gesso and let dry. When dry, paint the border with white paint. Add a second coat if needed.
- Spray border with acrylic sealer spray and let dry. Meanwhile, measure the corkboard section by laying pieces of paper over the cork area. Trim to fit and then tape the pieces of paper together where needed. This will serve as a pattern for cutting your fabric.
- Lay your fabric, wrong side up, on a clean work surface. Lay your paper pattern onto fabric and use a pencil or chalk to lightly trace around the paper. Cut out the traced piece. If necessary, iron out any creases in your fabric. Set fabric aside.
- Cut one piece of felt into a 6.5″ x 5.5″ rectangle and another piece into a 5″ x 4.5″ rectangle. Place the smaller piece of felt on top of the larger piece. Position so that the bottom and two sides have the same amount of space showing (approximately ¾”); the top should have more felt showing from underneath. Using felt glue, attach the smaller piece to the larger piece. Glue the top section of the larger piece of felt onto the smaller piece of felt by folding it down toward you. This creates the top flap of the pencil pocket. Set aside to dry.
- Write child’s name on felt using pencil. Cut out the letters.
- Place the cork board onto the work surface. Place the fabric face up on top of the cork. Use a strong craft glue to attach the edges, corners and the middle of the fabric to the cork. Have an adult use a craft knife to either trim the edges or tuck them under the wood border.
- Pipe white craft glue along the edges of the fabric next to the wood border. Line the glue with ribbon to cover up any edges or fabric fray.
- Turn the felt pencil pocket upside down and line the bottom and sides with glue. Do not put glue across the top, this is the opening of your pencil pocket. Glue the pocket to the fabric cork board.
- Glue the fabric letters to the fabric cork board and let everything dry before hanging.
This project was created by Amanda Formaro, originally for Kaboose/Spoonful.