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Recycled Magazine Cork Board

By: Kendra McCracken for Fiskars

Transform old magazine pages into this fun Recycled Magazine Cork Board.  This is a great way to clear out your magazine stash and create something decorative and unique at the same time!  Use this technique to frame a photo, cork board, or mirror.  Kids and adults alike will love this recycled magazine craft!

Recycled Magazine Cork Board

Materials:

  • Cutting Mat (18" x 24")
  • 11 x 14 stretched canvas
  • 12 x 12 cork panel
  • Glue stick
  • Mod Podge or other white glue
  • Old magazines

 

Instructions:

  1. To create the base, we started with an 11 x 14 inch stretched canvas and 12 x 12 inch cork panels.

    Recycled Magazine Cork Board
     
  2. Using a Fiskars Rotary Cutter, Cutting Mat, and Acrylic Ruler, we cut the cork panel to fit inside the canvas.
     
  3. I wanted the frame of the cork board to be deeper so I built it up with strips cut from a foam core board, again using a Fiskars Rotary Cutter, Cutting Mat, and Acrylic Ruler. The fact that we were recycling magazines to make this project was a good lesson for my son. Using Styrofoam to build of the frame would have continued that good lesson, but my search left me empty handed so we opted for the foam core.

    Recycled Magazine Cork Board
     
  4. Next came the time consuming part. I did this over a period of several days while we watched movies. Using a bamboo skewer to keep the rolls uniform in size, I tightly rolled the pages of an old magazine and a couple of my son's favorite toy catalogs. A swipe across the edge of the magazine page at the end of the rolling process was plenty to keep the pages tightly wound.

    Recycled Magazine Cork Board
     
  5. I then measured the outside edge of the frame from back to front and cut some (not all!) of the rolls to that height using the Rotary Cutter and the Cutting Mat. I was careful not cut them too tall. They need to be flush with the front of the frame so the rolls that cover the top of the frame make can contact with it.

    Recycled Magazine Cork Board
     
  6. The rolls adhered very securely with Mod Podge and we didn't have a single one pop off. I made sure we generously covered 1/2 of each roll with the Mod Podge so they would adhere not to the base but also to one another.

    Recycled Magazine Cork Board
     
  7. After completing the outside of the frame, I measured from the inside of the frame and we lined it with rolls. We finished by covering the top of the frame.
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