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Published on February 24th, 2009 | by Julie Finn

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Craft Room Makeover: Cut and Glue a T-Shirt Corkboard

T-Shirt Covered CorkboardI’ve mentioned before that one of my New Year’s Resolutions is to have an organized and awesome craft room. An ability to walk through it without slipping on colored pencils and felted wool and the odd button would be nice, but I also want quirky decorations and cheerful accessories and inspiring color schemes–have you seen Yummygoods’ craft room? Basically, I want Yummygoods’ craft room, only I want it to belong to me, not her.

In our last makeover, we talked about how nice it is to store your craft supplies in vintage containers instead of mass-market plastic bins–this was basically an excuse for me to show off my thrifted Pyrex, the Fiestaware coffee mug that the handle broke off of, and the other mug that PROVES that I did, indeed, go to Space Camp.

Today, however, we’re getting our inspiration board on. We are going to cover a ratty corkboard with a rockin’ T-shirt (Funny story: I never lost the baby weight after my second baby, and now my entire pre-baby rockin’ T-shirt collection basically gets to be turned into other stuff. Sigh). With a rockin’ T-shirt corkboard, you get to remember your rockin’ days, and not have to see how teeny-tiny slim your T-shirts used to be.

Arrange your T-shirtYou will need: a corkboard panel (any shape will work), a T-shirt with a great image on the front, scissors for fabric, a seriously sturdy glue (I’m using hot glue, but something like E6000 would also suffice. Elmer’s? No.), your preferred method of adhering your finished corkboard to the wall (I’m a hammer-and-nails lady, myself, but I won’t judge you if you prefer those floofy little Velcro tab things)

1. Lay your corkboard panel over the top of your T-shirt front, adjusting it until it seems as if the image is probably pleasingly arranged or centered underneath, and then cut around your panel, leaving about an inch on all sides. Set aside the rest of your T-shirt for a later use–a baby cap, perhaps?

Glue the T-shirt to the Corkboard2. Lay the T-shirt panel that you just cut out face-down on your work surface, and iron or smooth out by hand any wrinkles.

3. Center your corkboard panel, also face down, on top of your T-shirt panel.

4. Working on a small section at a time, place a line of glue on the face-up edge of the corkboard, firmly wrap the edge of the T-shirt panel up and around, and press it into place until it’s set.

5. Adhere your corkboard to the wall in your favorite fashion, and immediately begin to trash it up with postcards and county fair ribbons and whatever junk inspires you.

What junk does inspire you, by the way?


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I'm a writer, crafter, Zombie Preparedness Planner, and homeschooling momma of two kids who will hopefully someday transition into using their genius for good, not the evil machinations and mess-making in which they currently indulge. I'm interested in recycling and nature crafts, food security, STEM education, and the DIY lifestyle, however it's manifested--making myself some underwear out of T-shirts? Done it. Teaching myself guitar? Doing it right now. Visit my blog Craft Knife for a peek at our very weird handmade homeschool life; my etsy shop Pumpkin+Bear for a truly odd number of rainbow-themed beeswax pretties; and my for links to articles about poverty, educational politics, and this famous cat who lives in my neighborhood.



6 Responses to Craft Room Makeover: Cut and Glue a T-Shirt Corkboard

  1. Jules says:

    Is there a photo of the finished product??

  2. Mindy says:

    What a cool idea. Love the fact that you used a Super Mario t-shirt.

  3. Julie Finn says:

    I know–Mario rocks!

    Look up top–that’s the photo of some finished ones. I took my tute pictures as I was making a bunch of these for the two walls that border my desk, so in total I’ve got the following T-shirt corkboards up now: Mario, Bowser, “World’s Best Mom”, Arkansas Razorbacks, “Professor”, an old transfer of my Mama as a young lady, and “I Heart France”.

  4. Liz says:

    What a great idea. I’ve been planning to do a full wall of cork in my craft room. Maybe I’ll incorporate some fabric covered cork squares in the mix.

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