Fun family craft: customized corkboard

A colorful way to display your children's school work and their inspiration!
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By Meg Gleason

Just in time for school, make this corkboard so kids can hang up all their best work.

  • 11-inch x 14-inch picture frame with a wide edge (must include a backing)
  • Two 12-inch x 12-inch corkboard squares, thick enough to hold thumbtacks
  • Matte knife
  • Straight edge
  • Cutting surface
  • White craft glue
  • Paintbrush
  • Orange, red, and yellow acrylic paint
  • Masking tape
  • Orange, red, and yellow buttons
  • Thumbtacks
1. Remove the backing piece from the frame.
2. With the matte knife, trim the two cork pieces so that the seam between them runs down the center of the backing piece and all the edges are flush.
3. Glue the cork onto the backing piece and set aside to dry.
4. Paint the front and sides of the frame orange.
5. While you're waiting for the paint to dry, glue red, yellow, and orange buttons onto the tops of thumbtacks. Allow to dry thoroughly.
6. Once the orange paint has dried, run the masking tape in a straight line down the length of the frame.
7. Leave a space of 1 1/2 inches and then run another piece of masking tape parallel to the first. Continue this pattern along the width of the frame.
8. Paint the space between the first two tape pieces red and allow it to dry.
9. Paint the next space between the tape yellow. Continue to paint stripes of red and yellow across the frame, in between the tape.
10. Allow the paint to dry thoroughly and then gently peel the tape away from the frame.
11. If you have any uneven edges on your stripes, you can touch them up freehand.
12. Once the paint and glue are dry, put the cork covered backing piece into the frame, stick in your button tacks and get organized!

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