Make It: Cork-Square Inspiration Boardcomments (2) August 10th, 2012
Inspiration boards are a perfect way to cull together all your favorite images and ideas. This board is made with fabric-covered cork tiles, easily found at hardware and office-supply stores and can be customized to fit any wall space. I used brightly patterned quilting cottons mixed with natural linen, but you can tailor the fabric to match your decor and tastes.
What you'll need for each square:
One square cork tile
One piece of fabric about 3 inches wider and longer than the square
Double-stick foam tape cut into 1-inch pieces or small finishing nails
1. Lay a piece of well-ironed fabric face down on a flat surface. Lay the cork square face down on top of that, centering it on the fabric.
2. Squeeze a line of hot glue on one side of the tile, and pull the fabric up over the back of the cork square, adhering it to the glue. Repeat on the other side, making sure that the fabric is taut against the cork before you adhere it to the hot glue.
Now repeat for the two other sides, again keeping the fabric taut before gluing.
3. At the corners, fold the fabric down as you would when wrapping a present. You might need to add a bit more glue to secure.
4. Using a level, nail or tape the first square to the wall on all four corners. Nail or tape the next square right next to it, making sure it lines up. Repeat for the square below. I have a pretty big wall space, so my board is 12 tiles total, but you can attach the squares to the wall however you would like. You could even nail the squares in a random pattern! Experiment and play around with the pattern; just make sure to keep using that level!