Need frugal ideas for a corkboard wall

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Registered: 03-27-2003
Need frugal ideas for a corkboard wall
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Fri, 07-18-2003 - 9:57am
I was hoping to get cork put on my bulletin boards anc chalkboard in my classroom this year. What I have looks terrible an no matter what I use I can't keep my bulletinboard from falling down. After I ripped everything down because my principal said I would get the cork she now says the maintenance people are busy with other renovations and I will not get it. I am wondering if anyone knows about peel and stick cork (if it even exists) or another alternative for me to to this myself cheap. I can always write it off.

Thanks,

Karen
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Fri, 07-18-2003 - 11:42am
I believe you can buy cork squares, they may sell them with adhesive on the back, they may not. However, go to your local hardware store and ask them for the best heavy-duty adhesive that they sell. I came acrosss this stuff once that the guy said once you put something on the wall with it you'll have to use a chisel to get it off. So if you buy some cork squares and that adhesive compound (it came in a tube) you could probably whip out this project in less than 30 minutes.

HTH,

Mrs.Geo

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Fri, 07-18-2003 - 3:53pm
You can make a servicable bulletin board out of that styrofoam they use for ceiling insulation....comes in humongous 4 x 8 square and the foam is about 1 inch thick. Cover it with either fabric (if you can find some inexpensively or have an old sheet on hand)....or butcher paper which most schools carry. The stores (at least Home Depot and Lowe's) will cut this to whatever size you need. (You will need either a truck of van to carry this just because of the dimensions. For fabric abric you take a needle and thread and kind of sew a mesh on the back to keep it taut and firm. Kind of pull and X back and forth. Butcher paper you can either cut to size and just pin in the corners...which makes it changeable if you want a new backdrop...or fold over like a package and tape on the back...paper to paper...tape doesn't stay stuck on the styrofoam.

This can be nailed to a wall or glued...obviously, if you're covering it with fabric, you wouldn't want to glue it. But you can if you just cover it with butcher paper pinned on....plain old white glue will do it...or you can poke pieces of straw (drinking kind) through it and hang it like a picture....reinforce around those straws with some glue....it holds the straws in and makes the area stronger.

I have two styrofoam bulletin boards at home...both have been in use for many years! Mine are fixed to be the hanging picture type.

There IS gluable cork out there....or was at one time...because I know folks who used it! I could be mistaken in thinking it was self-adhesive...they may have had to use a commercial adhesive....

If memory serves, this slab of styrofoam was only $8 last time I bought one to use to make a dart board for the school carnival!

Marti

Marti

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Sat, 07-19-2003 - 8:00am
Walmart had rolls of cork stuff, but it didn't look to be as thick as a staple is deep, if that makes sense, and you certainly could not put a pushpin in it without going halfway into the wall. It was near the school supplies. Not sure of the cost, just noticed it as I was walking by.

When we re-did DDs room, we wanted a cork wall, but the 1 foot squares were WAAAAYYYY too much. We ended up getting a 2X3 foot hanging corkboard fo her. That has been fine.

As for school, I teach too. Our county has a warehouse of discarded stuff...everything from old desks/chairs/etc to maps, books, and filing cabinets. If your county has such a place, why don't you check it out. Here, all we would have to do is fill out a form, have our principal sign a request to move the item and it would be delivered to our school for installation. Better than wasting it. Maybe they'd have a used giant corkboard.

GOOD LUCK!

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Sat, 07-19-2003 - 8:04am
Geez, Marti! You are a GENIUS!!!

If my new classroom doesn't have enuf BBs, then I am going to do this! I have seen those giant sheets of insulation stuff. They are super light too if I recall.

HEEHEE!


U R SO SMART!

Tam

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Sat, 07-19-2003 - 9:00am
No, Tam...I have just worked several decades in schools...where money is always tight! It forces you to get creative to solve a lot of problems!!! And don't forget, I have six kids...that helped spur some creativity as well!!!

Marti

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Sun, 07-20-2003 - 10:54am
That's a great idea. Though I would be sure not to use that super-duper adhesive to attach it to the wall, in case you want to replace it with new foam in a few years. I would probably just use some large head screws and attach it on four corners.

Might be a fun home project, too, come to think of it.

Leslie
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