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How to: Create Easy Artwork with a Cork Plant Mat

by on Apr 21, 2015

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.

Spray glue and a piece of fabric sit over a decal for artwork use.
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.

Making a cut in a piece of cloth with a scissor.
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.

A cork board with a grey and white striped cloth over it.
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.

A round disk has vertical stripes on it.
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.   

Cork plant mat artwork resting against a wall next to a small potted plant.
Photo: Brittni Mehlhoff

Cork plant mat with stripes and potted plants on the table.
Photo: Brittni Mehlhoff

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  1. 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!