Framed Cork Board from a Picture Frame

Framed Cork Board from a Picture Frame

I was cleaning up my Craft Room a bit and found some cork board sheets that I had snagged on a thrifting adventure in the past. I was about to put them in the “re-donate” pile (which I am CONSTANTLY adding to), but thought better of it. If I found the picture frame, I could combine them into a framed cork board to use as home office decor!

I headed to Goodwill because I wasn’t thrilled with the vintage picture frames that I already had in my stash!

Insert shocked face here because HELLO, I always have loads of frames on hand.

Vintage picture frames for upcycling into a DIY cork board with cork board sheets

Unfortunately, the picture frames I had weren’t the right size and didn’t have the right “character” that I had in mind, if that makes sense.

Thankfully, I found a couple of options at the thrift store that would work with the cork board sheets in my craft room.

Upcycling ideas for wooden picture frames as decorative cork boards and cute office decor

With everything in hand, I gathered a few more craft supplies and got to work!

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Upcycling a Picture Frame into a Framed Cork Board

Interestingly enough, I found some cork roll at the thrift store when I found the right picture frames! But I still wanted to use the cork board sheets in my stash first.

Cork board sheets for cork board ideas and cute office decor

Since I had a vision of what I wanted the framed cork board to look like, I used a specific Behr paint color (In the Moment) that I had a sample of.

It reminded me of the green patina on copper, like the Statue of Liberty.

Cork board ideas by painting the wooden picture frames from the thrift store

After brushing on two coats of paint, I used my favorite flexible sanding paper to distress the frames ever so slightly.

Painting picture frames for cute cork boards

Now, I could have just cut the cork to fit my frames and be done with it.

But, before I did that, I began to wonder: Can you paint cork board?

So, I decided to try to sponge paint it. And if it looked awful, I’d simply turn it over in my picture frame! No one would ever know.

Cork board ideas for cute office decor by painting cork board with a sponge

Sound crazy? Maybe…but it was a satisfying process to pounce the paint with a sea sponge all over the cork.

Crafting can definitely be therapeutic when you have a lot on your mind…

Painting cork board to become the decorative cork boards and office decor

And that was that- no more painting!

DIY Cork Board for a Home Office

When everything was dry, I trimmed down the cork board sheets to fit my frame. Next, I dotted the inner lip of the frame with my favorite super glue, and set two layers of cork inside.

Why two layers of cork? Well, my picture frame was deep enough for a canvas painting…but two layers of cork is actually ideal for a framed cork board! Deeper cork can more easily accommodate thumbtacks or push pins. 

Framed cork board and cork board ideas for cute office decor

I decided it need one more thing to make sure the cork was held firmly in place and to keep the cork from getting a convex shape over time.

So, I repurposed mat board from my other frame to use as backing for the framed cork board.

Then, I simply tapped in some small wire nails around the edge using my pretty craft hammer. You could just as easily use thin cardboard or foam board in the same capacity.

DIY cork board and framed cork board with picture frames from the thrift store

Ready to see what my DIY cork board or framed cork board looks like when it was all done?

Framed Cork Board from a Picture Frame

Ta-da! And you know what?

I think that’s the prettiest framed cork board I’ve ever seen.

Can you paint cork board

I just love the combination of colors, with the slightly distressed painted frame and the mottled colors of the cork board sheets.

Decorative cork board with a picture frame

A framed cork board can be hung on a wall or leaned against the wall on a work desk. I love it’s vintage farmhouse look; it REALLY spruces up a home office. 

And let’s face it…home office decor has NEVER been more important than it is right now!

Framed cork board from a picture frame

And if you were curious about my metallic flower thumbtacks, I made them, too, and their tutorial can be found here!

Making the Decorative Thumb Tacks with Flower Cabochons and Non Toxic Glue

I’ve also stenciled on cork boards and it works BEAUTIFULLY. So, if you’ve wanted to jazz up a plain cork board that way, I highly recommend it.

Decorative cork board for home office decor

There are truly loads of ways to jazz up cork AND jazz up other thrifted finds with cork. My friend, Kathy, at Petticoat Junktion added cork accents to several items and I just LOVE how they turned out.

And if you enjoyed this upcycling idea for home office organization, then you may also be interested in this repurposing idea for a password book!

Password book by repurposing a telephone address book from the thrift store

Happy organizing and Craft On!


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  1. Perfect timing, I’m getting ready — after about a dozen other projects, to start making some of these for my new craft room. I have the thrifted frames and cork memo boards to cut to size, was wondering how to treat the surface and love the sponge paint idea. Thank you!

    • Sadie Seasongoods says

      Woohoo!! And yes, I LOVE how it turned out- exactly how I had hoped, so I think you’ll feel the same way. 🙂

  2. Very nice and practicle. I love your projects. Can’t wait to see how you made the thumbtacks. I need some of those.

  3. Now this is an idea I can get behind 100%!! Such a really cool idea! And could do it larger too!! Thanks Sadie

    • Sadie Seasongoods says

      Yes, definitely!! I would have gone larger but I fell in love with the frame I used. But I might end up with a cork board gallery in my office which will allow for lots of varying sizes.

  4. I love this!

  5. Tracie Davis says

    What a fun project! What was the finish (matte, satin, gloss, chalk) of your paint?

    • Sadie Seasongoods says

      Thanks Tracie- Eggshell! Since it’s a latex paint (the same kind you’d put on walls), I went with my favorite finish.

  6. Awesome as usual! Interested in the pretty thumbtacks.


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