If your beloved classroom bulletin board is looking worse for wear (read: crumbling, cracking, stained or faded) but you don’t have the budget to invest in a new one, consider making your own. With a few basic supplies and just an hour (or less!) of time, you can create an entirely new board that will withstand years of use in your busy classroom. Here’s how:
- Purchase cork roll or pre-cut cork sheets. We recommend cork that is at least ¼" thick, as it will withstand constant pokes and pricks from pins and tacks. Cork rolls and sheets are available in a variety of dimensions; simply select the size you prefer for your board. Want a custom size? Cut your cork with a craft knife, using a straight edge to ensure straight lines..
- Purchase suitable backing for your cork. We recommend plywood or fiberboard like Homasote or Gypsum, which can be found at any local hardware store. This backing will anchor pins or tacks. Note: Cork rolls and sheets are not designed to be adhered directly to walls. Pins do not stick well to drywall and will ruin its surface quickly.
- Using a foam paint brush, spread a thin layer of cork roll adhesive to the back of your cork. Pro tip: To skip this step, consider purchasing cork with peel-and-stick adhesive backing.
- Align the left side of your cork sheet to your backing and press it firmly into the board using a panel roller. Slowly work the roller across the board to ensure a smooth surface until the cork is in place. Let dry completely before use.
- Optional: Create a fun “border” around your cork board using ribbon, cards, washi tape or even colorful duct tape.
- Mount your new corkboard and enjoy it for years to come!