When I shop at our local thrift stores, I will often find really cheap artwork that either has no glass or damaged somehow. Mostly really ugly artwork. But, the frames can really be in good shape, and that’s what I look for. I bought one for $4.99 maybe and it’s approximately 2 foot by 3 foot.
You can really do a lot with these. I decided to make a bulletin board covered in a cool funky fabric. Chevron is in style so I picked some up at Hobby Lobby, and used a 40% off coupon, maybe costing $4.00 in the end. The rest is just a bit of labor and assembly.
I first pulled off the paper backing to reveal the staples that held it all together. Usually you will find some cardboard that fills the frame, behind the artwork. This is what I glued the cork to (also purchased the cork at the craft store). There are different thicknesses, I went with the 3/8th inch thickness. I glued the cork directly to the cardboard backing.
I had to iron the fabric because it had creases. I wrapped it around the cork and left about a 1.5 inch margin, enough to glue it to the back. I don’t have a glue gun yet, so I used Aleenes Craft glue and used the paperclips to hold it down until dries.
Then, just fold the corners so they look nice, this is optional. Assemble the cork inside the frame, and push back the staples so it’s secure. I will need to mount some hooks to the back, then all done.
Probably a total cost of $15 tops, I got a cool inspirational board. Now I have a tough decision on where to put it.