The History Keepers ::: The Life Sized Pinboard Cork Wall
Our other use for this giant wall O cork? ALLLLLLLLLL those art projects! School has started and the art has started coming home in droves. We start in one corner and display the best of the best until the wall is full. Then, we decide which to keep and start all over again. Ready to learn how to MAKE a wall 'o cork?
- Cork Squares 6x6 (These larger squares are the bulk of the wall!)
- Cork Squares 4x4 (These are optional accent corks)
- Paint (any paint will work, but a flat or eggshell interior from your local home improvement store works best!)
- Empty Frames (From the thrift store or side of the road!)
- Cork Boards (Various Sizes -- find them CHEAP at garage sales!)
- Canvas (Various Sizes)
- Plaster and Molds (I use my good old cheap IKEA ice molds) or Pushpins
- Baker's Twine and Tags for labeling boards
- Chalk Markers
- Magazine Clippings, Fabric Swatches and other inspiring tidbits
- Pennant Banner (Optional!! Full tutorial HERE!)
Pinterest gives us the entire world of art to explore, pin and capture, but there is still that missing element of interacting personally and physically with the clippings. There is something about those old magazine clips that make you connect more deeply to the photo, the art, the design, the vision of the creator behind them. So I decided that I wanted to bring back that feeling and go BIG with a life-sized cork pinterest wall, with pared down boards, pared down pins and the simple celebration of inspiration -- old school.
3. When you start attaching the tiles, start in the very corner of your wall and start working your way down AND over at the same time. Then, start stair-stepping your way across the wall, lining up the cork tiles exactly in the corner to minimize any spaces.
4. Warning -- you probably WILL have some spaces that don't fit exactly! (...unless you are perfect :) Don't freak out and start ripping down tiles. Just make slight little adjustments and keep stair stepping across the wall. Squeeze tiles in when you need to, leave a little space if you need to, but DO NOT go to the opposite wall and start working your way towards the middle. Disaster will ensue!!
5. Once the tiles are attached and have had a chance to dry fully, start painting! I liked a more matte finish against the texture of the tile, so I went with an eggshell interior paint. If you have any spaces, let the paint pool in those holes, creating a seamless surface. The paint will drip, so make sure to catch those before they drip along your cork and add multiple layers of paint to make sure the surface is completely flat.