How to: Create Easy Artwork with a Cork Plant Mat

How to: Create Easy Artwork with a Cork Plant Mat
Photo: Brittni Mehlhoff

I recently came across cork mats at the hardware store, when I was walking through the plant aisle. Each one was only a couple of dollars, so I grabbed a big pile and took them home to experiment. Want to see what I came up with? Click through to find out.


I found a extra fabric napkin that I wasn't using (it was missing its match), so I decided create some super affordable artwork that doubles as a bulletin board.

Want to make your own? Here's what you'll need to get started...


  • old fabric napkin
  • cork mat (for plants)
  • spray adhesive
  • scissors


1. Start by spraying the cork mat with adhesive. Then, place the napkin on top and smooth out the fabric with your hands as it is placed.

Photo: Brittni Mehlhoff

2. Next, cut slits all the way around the fabric that is hanging over the edges of the mat. I cut slits every 3-4 inches.

Photo: Brittni Mehlhoff

3. Then, turn the mat over. Spray the fabric that is exposed with adhesive. Then fold the fabric over and attach to the cork backing.

Photo: Brittni Mehlhoff

4. Once you've done that all the way around, let it dry, flip it over, and it's ready to use.

Photo: Brittni Mehlhoff

You can use the finished piece as a bulletin board in your office or as a minimal piece of artwork in your living room or entryway.   

Photo: Brittni Mehlhoff

Photo: Brittni Mehlhoff

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lexy.b.ward on Apr 21, 2015:

I love this, Britt! I saw those mats a few weeks ago at Home Depot and was wondering what I could make with them. You're a genius! 

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