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DIY Corkboard


A corkboard is handy for posting reminders, but it's often difficult to find a suitable spot for one on the wall. Instead, cut one to fit inside a door or a cabinet panel. Measure the dimensions of the space. With a straightedge and a box cutter, trim a piece of sheet cork (available in many hues at home-supply stores) to those dimensions. Affix cork to surface with nails.

Martha Stewart Living, February 2008

Reviews (23)

  • cynsBEACHHOUSE 28 Apr, 2011

    Easy fix Since the roll of cork is so thin.
    1. Purchase a Dollar Tree piece of foam board, cut to size
    2. glue a piece of cork also cut to size
    3. Trim in rope, seashell leis, trim to match ur style
    4. Purchase push pins at Dollar Tree or Walmart, glue antique jewels, seashells, feathers, vintage buttons, etc...


  • dosshomedesigns 28 Apr, 2011

    I did this years ago on the inside of a long cabinet door, perfect for notes to the kids, grocery list, and appointment cards. I also put cork on the inside door of an Armoire that I installed a keyboard drawer in. That is where I hide my computer in plain site! I love it! I used two layers of cork, because the rolls of cork are so thin. The pushpins work better with two layers. I also used silicone caulk to adhere everything, it is also rubbery and pushpin friendly.

  • Parhelian 19 Feb, 2010

    You can also get a long roll of cork, and glue it to an entire hollow core door - then cover with fabric that coordinates with your room. Just staple it using a staple gun. I did this in our den with a beautiful piece of fabric I got at a discount fabric store - it looks amazing! The original hollow core door was really sorry looking...CM

  • odiebrown 28 Jan, 2010

    I just happen to have a roll of cork! It matches my hardwood floors in my kitchen and I'm going to put it on my pantry door. Thankx Martha

  • lynsha 27 Jan, 2010

    What a wonderful Idea. Thanks

  • harvard44 17 Jul, 2009

    For those looking for corkboard, try the Container Store. They sell rolls of 12-inch and 18-inch cork to use for lining drawers so it's not very thick, but if you use 2 layers or have something "pokable" behind the cork - it could work! Good luck - cork is great as all you other teachers out there know!

  • fiamma 23 Jul, 2008

    I had my old windows replaced. They were the old swing out casement kind 18 by 69 inches. I am a Realtor an I always have stuff on my desk at home...I took this old window. (My husband thought I was crazy) bought a roll or cork, glued it to the glass Hung it over my desk, lengthwise..It is perfect and I get to hang everything I need...I just love it..My husband is amazed at what I did...That is the best part!

  • maryjbond 21 Jul, 2008

    I've had a corkboard in every home I've lived in since high school. That's about 25 homes. This is one of the most convenient items to have. Right now I have 3 in my home--kitchen, office, utility room. You can't go wrong.

  • laralee 21 Jul, 2008

    You can also buy cork board at hobby stores like Hobby Lobby and Micheal's. Usually it comes in a roll, so you may have to buy some thin particle board or MDF and adhere it with some glue (ask at the craft store the best kind to use with cork board).

  • cillareed 10 Mar, 2008

    to dbs1 --- I asked at Lowe's and they told me they didn't carry corkboard! What did you ask for or what department did you find it in???

  • itaregina 8 Mar, 2008

    I like very much the idea, but until now I can't find a good place for it.

  • Autsom 1 Mar, 2008

    Thanks for the idea. I need a place for a message board and here you've given it to me.

  • invictaocula 1 Mar, 2008

    I think the problem with this (at least for me) is I need to have those reminders out in the open. I dont know if I'd get the visual cue I need from something that wasnt out in the open.

  • maryspin 29 Feb, 2008

    This works really well for a home office. I added a corkboard to the inside of a closet door in my home office. On it, we also tacked on the days of the week with a clip below. Anything that is due on a particular day gets attached below it's labled day. It keeps us organized and the clutter is out of view!

  • rnohio 28 Feb, 2008

    You never fail to come up with the neatest

  • atlgirl1 28 Feb, 2008

    Lowe's and Home Depot sell the perfect thickness of cork board for this project!

  • Lamberth 28 Feb, 2008

    I was just telling my mother that I wanted to set her up with a cork board. This would allow us to have a place to post important information she needs readily available. I think this is the answer!!! Thanks

  • shia 28 Feb, 2008

    What a wonderful Idea. Thanks Martha

  • cillareed 28 Feb, 2008

    Where did you buy the cork? The ones I have found would not be thick/sturdy enough to go into a cabinet door and then used. I have checked with lowe's and home depot and they dont carry anything suitable for this project. Please help!!! I have a cabinet that is perfect for this - it originally had glass but I changed it out for fabric and would love to have cork in there. HELP!

  • jannybean 28 Feb, 2008

    I have done this idea at my last two houses but I use the inside of my kitchen cabinet above our phone. Works great. Allows a plan to temporarily store information without being visual clutter! :)

  • sarahleeab 28 Feb, 2008

    I did a little google searching and Flex-A-Chart carries 12 colors of cork.

  • schmitk 28 Feb, 2008

    Can corkboard be found in different colors? I love this teal but I don't think of corkboard as being colorful.

  • mmsrjs 3 Feb, 2008