On a weekend night, one of my favorite things to do is a DIY project. I put on some tunes, tap my toes and create something out of nothing. So when Joann Fabrics and Crafts Store reached out about creating one of the DIY projects in their Cape Discovery Spring Craft Catalog, I jumped at the chance! The catalog is full of 72 fun crafts for kids and the whole family to enjoy together. I decided to make the ribbon cork board with a beach theme, I thought it would go perfect with the rest of my summer decor in the home.
DIY Ribbon Cork Board
Framed cork board or make your own with cork board sheeting and an old frame
Hot glue gun
Piece of decorative fish netting
Choice of beach themed embellishments like starfish and shells
1 spool of 5/8″ ribbon in your color of choice
2 spools of 3/8″ ribbon in coordinating colors
Step 1: If you are making your own framed cork board like I did, find an old frame in your choice of sizes. Remove all glass and any staples from the back. Paint it in your choice of colors. I chose an antique white chalk paint. Once dry, staple the cork board sheeting to the back of the frame with a staple gun.
Step 2: Form an “x” shape across your cork board measure from one corner diagonally to the next with the 5/8″ ribbon. Measure and cut the ribbon at the corners, hot gluing them in place.
Step 3: Cut lengths of 5/8″ ribbon for each corner and lay them in the opposite direction of the ribbon that you used to form the “x” shape in step 2.
Step 4: Continue Step 3 with the 3/8″ ribbon you intend to use as the second color on the board. I used a striped patterned 5/8″ ribbon and accented with a solid color 3/8″ ribbon. When you are done, you should have five lengths of ribbon going across from the top left corner to the bottom right corner, and another five going from the top right corner to the bottom left. You can see the picture for reference. I laid all the pieces out first to see exactly where I wanted them before gluing. The goal is to form diamonds with he ribbons.
Step 5: Once all ribbons have been glued in place, begin to glue embellishments to your cork board. I started with a large starfish in the upper left corner and tied a raffia bow around for accent. I then placed some simple white shells along with some decorative pebbles that I found on clearance at Joann’s in the bottom left corner. The netting was a little tricky, since I had to make it fall right and hot glue the loose ends to the back of the frame. I finished with some larger shells in the bottom right corner. I like a simpler look, but you can definitely make it your own and add more.
So, what do you think? Stop by the Joann Fabrics and Crafts Store site to check out what’s new, get inspiring project ideas, and if you sign up for email updates, you can get 20% off coupon!
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*I was provided with a gift card to create the project in this post. All words, thoughts and opinions are my own.