Cork Foam Board Memo Board

Not only is this memo board cute, it is sturdy!

It made it home from a trade show without visible wear and tear or structural damage (and it was tucked into a vehicle that was packed full of stuff!) Kudos to the folks at Elmer’s for pairing a thin layer of cork on top of foam-core board. The super simple instructions for this memo board are below, but I can see this as useful as elementary school science project explanation boards.

What might you use Cork Foam Board to make?


Elmer’s 20” x30” x 3/8” Cork Foam Board

Board Mate Dual Tip Glue Pen

CraftBond Quick Dry Dual Tip Pens

Glue Spots, thin-small

X-Acto Curve Knife with Z Series #11 Blade

Metal Ruler

12” x 12” Self Healing Cutting Mat


Scrapbook Paper

Painters brand Opaque Paint Markers in coordinating colors


30” lengths of 1/8” wide each of two coordinating colors

12” length of 3/8” wide patterned ribbon

8 flathead thumbtacks

8 1/2” to 3/8” buttons



Measure four equal portions of the Cork Foam Board. Score board lightly with your X-Acto Knife (place it against the metal ruler for cutting ease) then cut deeper with several passes of the knife. You now have four pieces that are 10” x 15”.

Place the board vertically on your work surface. Mark and measure 7 1/2” down from each corner and draw a line horizontally connecting the marks.

Generously apply glue to the top half of the board and cover with scrapbook paper. Flip foam board over and use X-Acto knife to trim edges.

Flip the board back over and mark the middle along each edge of the paper side of the board.

Glue ribbon at corners only crossing board as shown it the photo. Trim  excess length with scissors.

Apply a line of glue across bottom edge of paper and adhere patterned ribbon. Trim excess.

Use glue spots to attach buttons to ribbon intersections and tops of thumbtacks.

Use paint markers to decorate cork as you wish and then let dry.

Attach your chosen hanger to the back or place in a wooden frame.


Hmmmm… I can see vintage looking scrapbook paper paired with repurposed jewelry instead of buttons or,


sports themed scrapbook paper and matching sports buttons…

However you make this project, I wish for you to have fun!

Two Contempo Wall Art Craft Projects

Add instant pop to a plain wall with this simple project. If you change your decor with the seasons or for holidays, creating different sets of these “tiles” is an inexpensive way to change the feel of a room. The flower placement lends a natural contrast and another dimension of color.

Terri O Super SimpleCraft Materials Needed:

  • Styrofoam™ Brand Foam – 1″ x 12″ x 36″ sheet, three
  • Scrapbook paper:  12″ x 12″, nine sheets
  • Ribbon, 1″ x 12 yds.
  • Ruler
  • Sharp pencil
  • Serrated knife and old candle; or, dental floss
  • Thick, white craft glue
  • Sawtooth picture hangers, nine
  • Straight pins (optional)


  1. Using ruler and pencil, score foam sheet to create three, 12″ x 12″ squares. Wax serrated knife with an old candle. Holding foam sheet firmly on a flat surface, extend one end and cut across score line, using knife like a saw. Or, try dental floss: stand the sheet on its edge, and hold a 20″ length of dental floss along the scored line, positioning one hand at the bottom of the board and the other at the top; draw the dental floss down through the foam sheet along the scored line. Repeat with remaining two foam sheets.
  2. Spread white craft glue on foam square, center 12″ x 12″ paper, and adhere to foam. Repeat, covering all of the foam squares.
  3. Pin or glue ribbon around edges.
  4. Glue sawtooth picture hanger to back. For additional hold, insert and glue two straight pins through holes in sawtooth picture hanger.
  5. Let dry before hanging.

Typical Project Completion Time: 1-2 hours


Terri Ouellette

Concert shirts? Vacation shirts? Upcycle ’em!

Click the link below for the how to video from my Sonoran Living segment: