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DIY: Painted Cork Boards

It pains me to admit it, but sometimes I get into a creative rut. I think it’s because there are so many fabulous DIY ideas out there that I get overwhelmed and don’t know which one I want to tackle first. It’s always helpful when someone challenges me to get crafty. So, when the folks over at ScotchBlue Painter’s Tape asked me to incorporate their products into a craft project my mind went into overdrive with ideas.

I wanted to do something that was useful and fun, but still affordable. We recently painted the walls in our bedroom and the wall space above my computer desk was decidedly barren and uninspiring. So, I decided to perk it up a bit with some painted cork tiles. I always wanted an inspiration board but those plain cork boards are so dull and remind me of college.

Skip ahead to see the finished results or read along for a simple, fun and affordable how-to project!

What you’ll need:
– ScotchBlue Painter’s Tape – several rolls of various widths
– 4 Cork Tiles – roughly 12″ x12″ (these are similar to the ones I used)
– Spray Paint (we used gold and honeydew, which we already had on hand)
– Newspaper
– Wooden Pushpins – like these (optional)

ScotchBlue Painter's Tape with Edge-Lock.
Put a cork in it!
Doing my part to prove spray paint isn't just for graffiti artists anymore!

To get started, I sketched out some ideas on a piece of paper. Instead of repeating the same design on each tile, I opted to mix things up with four different designs. Once I was ready to commit, I grabbed my cork tiles and started taping off patterns with my ScotchBlue Painter’s Tape, using various widths to get the looks I wanted.

Taping things off...
Taping is complete!

Once I had each of my cork tiles taped off, I headed outside with my newspaper, spray paint and my DIY partner, Jeff—after all, someone has to take pictures while the other person is spray painting! It took several coats of spray paint to get in all of the crevices in the cork, but we had more than enough paint for coverage.

Try to keep an even distance while spraying. You'll probably need a couple coats.
Golden child.

Once the spray paint was completely dry, I began to slowly peel the tape off. It did pull some of the cork tile off, but I blame that more on the quality of my cork boards than the tape. They seemed pretty fragile from the get go, with small pieces falling off just when moving them. If I had to do it again, I’d make sure the tiles were a higher density cork.

Removing tape is always fun after you paint!
Stripe tease.

After the tape was all removed, Jeff stood behind me as I moved the tiles around on the wall so we could decide the positioning of our cork tiles. Once they were fastened to the wall, I got to pinning a few fun items (postcards, pics, ticket stubs, etc.) to the boards. Overall, I’m really happy with how they turned out! What do you think?

The big reveal! I'm super stoked with my new cork boards. Yay!
Once your cork tiles are on the walls, adorn them with inspirational goodness.
Close encounters: I love these wooden pushpins!
No cork board would be complete without a Bows & Sparrows business card!

This project was sponsored by ScotchBlue Painter’s Tape. You can learn more about ScotchBlue Painter’s Tape on TwitterFacebookYouTube, Pinterest and the brand’s website.



  1. These are SO COOL!

  2. Great idea Erin!! Hope you’re well!

  3. Such a lovely idea! Very simple but looks great! Will be trying this out – thanks for the crafty inspiration!
    Lianne 🙂

  4. Speaking of stalking blogs….this is SO CUTE. Love, love.

  5. Yay! Comments are working. I just want to let you know that I love this! I haven’t actually done a cork board project of my own yet, but plan to. For now I just corralled some inspiring projects into one blog post… including yours! Thanks for sharing!