Create an Op Art Bulletin Board

Here's a quick an easy tutorial on making a cork bulletin board out of kitchen trivets!
Create an Op Art Bulletin Board

  • 12 Cork Trivets (such as the Heat trivet from Ikea, $1.99 for three)
  • Sheet of Tempered Hardboard, luan, or other lightweight wood panel
  • 12 linear feet (two 6’ lengths) of pine trim 
  • Paint and supplies
  • Picture hanging hardware
  • Tape Measure
  • Miter Saw, Miter Box, or Crosscut saw
  • Wood Glue
  • Several wood clamps, and/or small, heavy objects (such as free weights)
  • Safety glasses
1. Rough fit your trim and trivets atop the backing piece.
2. Cut your backing panel to size. If using the Heat trivets from Ikea, 35 1/4” x 25 5/8” fits perfectly with 1 3/8” trim.
3. Paint the backing panel, using two coats.
4. While the paint is drying, cut the wood trim to form your frame. The dimensions will be the same as the backing piece. If desired, cut the trim at 45-degrees to make mitered corners, measuring to the long side of the angle.
5. Paint the trim a complementary color, and let dry.
6. Using wood glue, attach the frame to the backing piece. If desired, secure with short finishing nails. (You’ll have to be careful: hardboard is very hard (duh!), and it will be difficult to drive short nails in with adequate force. If you have a nail gun, by all means…) Clamp and allow glue to dry. 
7. Lay out you trivets, and then with a substantial amount of wood glue (or consult THIS to THAT for more options), attach the trivets one by one, working your way around the board, so that the pre-placed trivets don’t slide around. Once glued, use clamps or heavy objects to keep the trivets in place as they dry. 
8. Attach hanging hardware, apply pushpins, and be mod AND organized! 

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Chris Gardner on Mar 21, 2007:


Perhaps, but a large enough poster frame on Ebay goes for over $60. A 24x48" piece of hardboard costs around $3.00. In fact, it was the cheapest item for this project.  I don't think foamboard is even that cheap. My total cost, including $8 worth of trivets, was around $20.

I too was worried about the weight, but it ended up being about the same mass as a premade dry erase board with smaller dimensions. Hardboard isn't really that heavy, just somewhat unweildy in its large size, until you tame it with the frame.

lafemmedramatique on Mar 21, 2007:

I really do love this idea, but I'm kind of lazy and don't really have a ton of money to spend on things like hardboard.... so just curious, but wouldn't it be just as easy to buy a picture frame, use a sturdy kind of material like foam board or museaum board, paint that (or just get an already good color) and paint the frame if needed, put the board inside the picture frame (without the glass, of course) and then glue the cork to that? it might not turn out as nice, but I think it might be easier and cheaper, and possibly lighter to hang on a wall....

Just a thought....

badbadivy on Mar 20, 2007:

Nice. I currently have a corkboard project in the works, myself, but I like yours better than mine!

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