Put Your Coloring Pages in The Spotlight with This DIY Cork Board

Add color and style to your office space with this simple project.

By Kate Morin

Coloring Page Cork Board with Rope
Credit: Anna Petrow / Posh Coloring Studio

Say goodbye to boring brown cork boards thanks to this super simple DIY craft project! Covering the surface of your bulletin board with a coloring page is an easy way to add color and flare to any desk, bookshelf, or entryway wall. Plus, you might already have the materials lying around — all you need is a cork board, coloring page, and spray adhesive.

Want to craft along with us? We're using our “Heterogeneous Hearts” coloring page!

Coloring Page Cork Board Materials
Credit: Anna Petrow / Posh Coloring Studio

What you’ll need:

  • Cork board (We chose these 6-inch cork squares since they’re each smaller than an 8.5x11-inch piece of paper.)
  • Completed coloring page(s) (Note: the number of pages you’ll need will depend on the size of your cork board. We needed one 8.5x11-inch coloring page per 6-inch square piece of cork.)
  • X-Acto Knife, cutting mat, and ruler
  • Spray adhesive
  • Optional:
    • Hot Glue
    • Rope or Ribbon
    • Paint 

 

What to do:

1. If you’re using the frameless cork squares like us, skip to step two! If your cork board does have a frame, your first step is to trim your coloring page to size. Measure inside the frame of your board and trim your designs to size using a ruler and X-Acto knife or paper trimmer. Depending on the size of your board and the size of your design, you may need to use more than one copy of your design, or go make an enlarged copy of your design at a copy shop. Either will work!

If you want to jazz things up by adding some extra color with a coat of paint to the frame, this is the time to do that, too.

 

Spraying Adhesive
Credit: Anna Petrow / Posh Coloring Studio

 

2. In an open, well-ventilated area, spray the back of your coloring page and the front of your cork board with spray adhesive. (Note: If your cork board has a frame, cover the border with painters tape first to prevent the adhesive from getting everywhere.) After spraying, let it set for 10-15 seconds to allow it to become a bit tacky to the touch.

 

Cork Square and Adult Coloring Page
Credit: Anna Petrow / Posh Coloring Studio

3. If you’re using cork squares: Next, carefully center the coloring page on the cork board and press to adhere. Make sure you’re fully centered on the design and haven’t gotten any of the white edges!

If you’re using a framed bulletin board: Carefully align your design with the edges of your cork. We suggest starting in one corner and working slowly and carefully from there to the opposite corner to make sure all of your edges align and the design is smooth.

 

4. Now let the spray adhesive dry. If you’re using borderless cork squares like ours, try flipping the square over on a clean surface and placing something heavy on the back to encourage the page to stick to the cork. Let dry completely according to instructions on the adhesive can before moving on.

Trimming Coloring Page with X-Acto Knife
Credit: Anna Petrow / Posh Coloring Studio

5. If your cork board has a frame, skip this step. Once the spray adhesive is dry, it’s time to trim your coloring page. Place the board and coloring page face-down on a cutting mat. Use the X-Acto knife to carefully trim off the excess paper, using a ruler to keep the edges straight if desired.

 

Decorative Rope and Hot Glue Gun
Credit: Anna Petrow / Posh Coloring Studio

6. This part’s optional, but we think it’s a great way to finish the piece. Using hot glue to secure it as you go, trim the edges of your cork square with a decorative rope or ribbon. The style and look are totally up to you! (Psst.. this is also a great way to cover any ragged edges left behind by your cutting job!

 

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