Before Pinterest was around I got the idea to use a cork board as a jewelry organizer. Brilliant! And cheap! I just hung the board, tacked some pins and push pins and voila, I had a cheap and easy organizer.
But that wasn’t creative enough. I recently saw a pin for framed cork boards, which got my gears going. I liked the idea, but the main thing that had always bothered me about my one cork board was the tears in it (I found it up for grabs outside a professor’s office). In an attempt to mask the marred material, I wanted to cover it in fabric. Nothing fancy, just a plain color. After picking up a light shade of teal, I decided to paint the wood frame in a bold color.
A few steps in the process.
What you’ll need:
- Cork board in frame
- Acrylic paint or spray paint
- Fabric (the size of cork board)
- Putty or palette knife (or a thin plastic knife could do)
- Thick cardstock or painters tape
First cut your fabric piece slightly smaller than the size of the frame. Next, with your putty knife, begin wedging fabric under the frame. I started on one side and then worked my around back to where I started, ensuring to keep the fabric taught as I went.
I originally wanted to remove the frame and pull the fabric to the back and place the frame back on, but my frames were all fastened with large pieces of metal fasteners that I couldn’t remove without damaging the integrity of the wood. So I decided to use a putty knife to wedge the fabric under the edges of the frame. If you find you can pull the frame off, you should paint it before reframing the fabric-covered board. The steps below do no require fram removal.
Now that your fabric is in place, you’re ready to paint the frame. To protect the fabric, I wedged thick paper under the inner frame edges and picked a bright color, orange in this case. I found a tube or orange acrylic paint and coated it twice so the wood was no longer visible beneath.
If you’re worried about your fabric staying put, place short pins (I actually used jewelry wire cutters to shorten the pins I had) in the fabric-covered corners.
Let it dry 30 minutes to an hour, then arrange your pins (always at an angle to ensure jewelry doesn’t fall). As you can see below, I designated my top row for long, thin earrings, and my second row for wide ones, with the pins spaced further apart. Finally place your jewelry on the board and you are done! Hang in an easy access place.
Finished jewelry organizer