DIY Neon-Edge Pinboard

October 18, 2011 | DIY

I’ve been on the lookout for a nice pinboard for my office lately, but haven’t found anything so thought I’d just make one myself. What do you think? It’s fairly easy to do yourself so I haven’t included too many step-by-step photos.

What you’ll need: Thick sheet of cork, paper or newspaper, scissors, pins, pen/pencil, knife, ruler, paint brush, bright paint.

Step 1: Draw your template out on the paper.. you can choose whatever shape you like but I went for a more rounded design. The shape I initially drew on the cork didn’t look right once I cut it out, so it evolved into more of an oval.

Step 2: Pin your design onto the cork, and draw around it with a pen. Make sure if there is a back-side to the cork, this is the side you’re drawing on.

Step 3: Unpin the paper. Use the knife to cut around the design, trying to keep it as straight as possible (I found this the hardest part) and being careful not to cut yourself!

Step 4: Once you’re happy with it, paint the edges with whatever colour paint you’ve chosen! Oh, and please wait for it to dry before you put it on the wall ;)


  1. Great DIY, thanks for sharing! Maryline

  2. Super cute!
    And I love the little garland too…

  3. Shelley

    Totally crushing on your sharpener pen jar

  4. Mafalda

    Hello. I love your blog! Can you say me where did you get the clock of your PC? Please that’s so cute +.+!

  5. Sandy

    This is so beautiful! I’ve been looking to put coark boards on my daughter’s room walls. But how did you hang your board on the wall?

    • ffadmin

      Hi Sandy!
      Actually I only attached it with Blu-Tack in the photos, but if I could have I think I’d have just nailed it to the wall. Unfortunately we’re only renting, and our walls are made of solid concrete.. so no nailing for me! The other option to consider might be those double-sided sticky tabs that you can hang hooks with, or attaching a string to the top and just letting it hang?

  6. jo

    hi! i love this cork board so much and i want to make one for my daughter’s room. could you tell me where you got your sheet of cork board? i asked at home depot today and they didn’t have any. thanks!

    • ffadmin

      Hi Jo!
      Actually because I live in Singapore, I’m not sure I can really help you here, I’m sorry. Have you tried a hardware store? Or actually – I just found some on Amazon, perhaps that would be an easy option? here’s the link:

      I’m sorry I can’t be of more help! Good luck!

  7. jo

    thanks for the link, i think that will work!

  8. Just found your blog and I love it. This tack board is so cute and looks easy to make. Thanks for sharing!

  9. Hi ! I love your blog ! Can you say me the mark or website to find the big sharpener pen jar ? It’s very cute. Hugs from Provence !

    • ffadmin

      Hi Iaeriss, you can find it here :)

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  14. Joanne

    is there a post for the garland to the left of the board? Is it just washi tape?

    • ffadmin

      Hi Joanne, I haven’t done a diy for it yet, but maybe it’s time to! It’s just strips of paper, although washi tape would work too :)

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  17. Sarah

    Hi! I love your blog and I am really tempted to make this, but before I do, I just wanted to see if you could answer a question I had. :) As cork boards usually have backing and a border, and I was wondering how well it lasts without it and whether the cork board ends up braking around the edges because of that? Thank you so much xx :)

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  20. LOVE this project! The pink makes it pop right off the wall! :) You should totally enter this project into Craftbaby’s DIY a Corkboard Challenge!


  21. I LOVE this project! I’m going to make my own this weekend, thanks for the inspiration!

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  23. Love this so much + you’re little garland. I am going to turn my boring pinboard into one of these cuties! :) thanks for your post! x