UA-59651954-28 Crafty Allie: 10 Minute DIY Cork Chalkboard

Sunday, June 15, 2014

10 Minute DIY Cork Chalkboard

DIY Cork Chalkboard -

Hello Everyone, and happy Monday!

It's that time again, time for

Please Welcome 
Colleen from

Greetings from Canada eh! I'm Colleen from LemonThistle (a lifestyle blog featuring DIY, Parties, Decor and lots of babies) 

I'm so happy that Allie has welcomed me over to share with you this fun (and really speedy) little project I've created. This leather and cork chalkboard is the perfect last minute DIY to spruce up your office, empty wall, or to whip up as a gift. DIY Cork Chalkboard -

I used things I had kickin' around so this project cost me nothing. Zip, Zilch (the best kind of project). I used cork leftover from this vase - but a pack of four cork tiles was from the dollar store. I used leftover chalkboard paint from my giant party board- a whole quart cost $13. And I used leather cord that was actually a shoe lace from some old shoes my hubby was retiring (score!).

 Let's assume you don't have these things filling up your closets- here's what you'll need:
  • 1 Cork Tile (knife and craft mat to cut to preferred size)
  • 1 length leather cord (and screwdriver to punch holes)
  • Chalkboard paint (and paintbrush)
  • Chalk to write on your beauty

This project took me a grand total of 10 minutes (besides dry time), so I know you can do it! Just lay out your cork on your craft mat (or cutting board) and cut it to the size you'd like. I've found the best way to cut cork is to use a knife (craft knife or kitchen knife is fine) and press through the cork, working your way down the line (instead of dragging the knife through). You get less cork crumbles on the edge this way (much tidier looking). DIY Cork Chalkboard - After you cut the cork, you can paint on your chalkboard. If you'd like it to look like a perfect line, use painters tape. I was going for a hand-made look so made sure my lines weren't too perfect. Make sure you coat the cork in enough paint that the cork is completely covered. DIY Cork Chalkboard - DIY Cork Chalkboard - While it's drying, you can decide where you'd like to punch holes for your leather cord, making sure the holes aren't too close to the edges. I used a screwdriver to make the holes in the cork. Originally, I tried a punch, but it didn't make a clean edge like a Phillips head did. I pressed it in, then gently twisted it (essentially drilling through the cork). Once you have your holes, thread your cord through and tie. DIY Cork Chalkboard - DIY Cork Chalkboard - Before you write on your chalkboard (or any chalkboard) make sure you cure it by rubbing the side of a piece of chalk all over the board, then wiping clean. If you skip this step it's near impossible to get those first words written off the board (I've tried to skip this step- silly me). Then your chalkboard is ready to be written on and loved! DIY Cork Chalkboard - DIY Cork Chalkboard -

 So simple, and I love the way it turned out. It's minimal fuss and will match almost any decor. What would you use yours for? 
Happy crafting!
XO Colleen   

Thank you so much Colleen for coming on today. I love this idea, it's so simple,
yet so shabby!

Thanks again Colleen 
and thank you all
for tuning in!
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  1. Love this idea and I <3 chalkboards:) Pinned

    1. Glad you like it Michele! I'm a big fan of chalkboard projects :)

  2. Like it! This is simple and doable! Thanks for the tutorial :)

    1. Thanks Helen! It's definitely do-able... thanks for taking the time to comment!

  3. I'm thinking this would make cute gift tags or teacher gifts! Love this idea! Thanks for linking up to Cook it Craft it Share it! Have a great weekend!

    1. A smaller version for tags would be adorable! Great idea!

  4. Thanks for linking up at the Bloggers Brags Pinterest Party!!

  5. That is such a cute chalk board! Thanks for linking up on Link It or Lump It! :)

  6. Super cute idea! Pinned. Thanks again for being a part of our party. Hugs! Lou Lou Girls

  7. Not only is the idea genius, I love, love the font and handwriting. How fun to encourage our kids to work on their cursive and printing. Scribbles are so charming! Visiting via "ShareItSunday" linkup.

  8. Such a cute project! Loved seeing it on the Merry Monday party!


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