I recently came across this cork U.S.A. wallboard on a home décor website. They were asking nearly $50 for this particular piece, but I knew I could achieve a similar look for a fraction of the price. Below is my Guy DIY take on the corkboard map.
Here’s what you’ll need to get started:
Step 1: Choose Your Shape
Find the perfect shape for your corkboard creation.
TIP: If you need to print an oversized image to use as your guide, you can always go to your local office supply store. Ask for an engineering print. It’s an inexpensive way to make large prints, and perfect for a project like this.
Step 2: Cut Foam Board
NOTE: I’ve seen similar designs without the foam board, but foam gives you the extra thickness you need to ensure your pushpins will stay in your map.
Step 3: Cut Your Cork
You will want to cut out your cork shape a little smaller than your foam board in order to achieve a layered effect. I used the outside of my pattern (black line) for the foam board shape and the inside (black line) for my cork shape.
TIP: Cork tears easily, so you may want to cut it one section at a time.
Step 4: Spray Adhesive, Let Dry.
Glue your newly cut foam board and cork shapes together with spray adhesive.
TIP: Make sure to lay your project flat when drying. You may even want to weigh it down with some books to ensure that it lays flat. If you don’t your project may curl up.
Step 5: Decorate Your Board
Pin places you plan to visit, memories of places you’ve been and everything in between. Fill your board as much or as little as you want. It’s entirely up to you!