I adore Pinterest. Never has a site offered me so much inspiration. And solutions. Mainly to my four year old's need for craft projects that involve the use of a whole Pritt Stick in a ten minute sitting, but still, solutions, nonetheless. But on occasion, I have had my fingers burnt. Lured in by promises of an easy DIY project that actually necessitates the use of more tools than are stocked in our local Homebase. And simple steps that assure me that I can achieve something beautiful in a matter of minutes only for my husband to come home and ask if it's something that my eldest has brought home from pre-school. Nope, all my own hard but awful work.
So I've been kind of feeling like Pinterest owes me, lately. A little DIY project that really does take a matter of minutes and actually succeeds in brightening up my home as opposed to topping up our recycling bin. And wouldn't you know it, last week, I stumbled across the very thing. A cork board makeover/spruce up. It took me a mere fifteen minutes from start to finish (not including the time to shop for the materials) and it was so easy that I did it on the kitchen counter whilst watching the boys (and answering their many, MANY questions) play with and stamp Play-Doh in to my kitchen floor. That issue aside, it was fifteen minutes well spent as I love how the cork board now looks and how it adds a touch of colour to our quite bland home office.
In the end, I didn't follow a specific guide. I read through all of the ones on my pin board Pinterest board, and went off on my own merry way. If you'd like to put together something similar, it's oh so simple.
You will need:
- Cork board (I picked up mine for £4 from our local supermarket)
- Fabric that overlaps your board by approximately 10cm all around (I used gingham scarlet check fabric from Laura Ashley)
- Staple gun
- Length of ribbon
- Pins (there's nail varnish pictured below because I painted the pins to match the fabric)
And that's it.
It's so easy that you almost don't need me to tell you what to do, but here goes ...
1. Place the cork board in the middle of the fabric.
2. Fold in the corners, almost like wrapping a present, and staple.
3. Arrange your ribbon across the board, in any direction that works for you, and staple that too.
4. Arrange or pin your postcards and notes, and then stand back and admire (or photograph) your work.
I bought a second plain cork board and am now walking around our house deciding what fabric to cover it in and where to put it. It's such a simple, cost-effective and cool way to organise or display all the little bits and pieces that often lie around your home waiting to be filed or put away somewhere.
So, Pinterest and I are friends once more. Yay!