Thursday, September 24, 2015

24 UHeart Organizing: DIY State Inspired Cork Board

I haven't had a personal need to do any quick and crafty organizational projects for a few weeks, and it absolutely gives me a case of the sads!  I really enjoy doing 15-minute fun projects that bring me smiles with a side of organization.  Good thing Chelsea of Two-Twenty One blog is here to fill that void for me.  I am so smitten with her DIY state inspired cork board; it is such a versatile idea that is perfect for kitchens, craft rooms and kid's rooms.  Just think of all of the shapes you could create!  Here she is now to share how she whipped up this darling little craft out of cork.

Hey, iHeart readers! I thought I'd swing by today and share a fun state-inspired cork board DIY with you.

Now, I'm going to warn you, some states are going to be easier to execute than others-- I'm looking at you Wyoming and Colorado.

Any guesses where I'm from?

In case you're bad at geography, I'll give you a hint: Michael Jackson was born here.

To get started with your state cork board, do a quick Google image search for the outline of your state and cut it out.

Grab one or two 12" x 12" cork tiles. My state fit onto one tile so I only had to use one.

Cut out your state and trace it onto your cork tile. I used some of the fancy schmancy thumbtacks that I made to hold the state in place while I traced it.

Use an Xacto knife to cut out your state. I found that small stabbing motions worked best. I was able to use scissors on the straight cuts.

Trace and cut out another state.


Note: I took a few artistic liberties with the southern portion of my state.

Glue those puppies together with some hot glue.

I used Command Brand picture hanging strips to mount my cork board to the side of my home office workstation. I love those things.

And here's the final product!

I can never find my postage stamps so I decided to tack them up on the cork board. I also added some photo booth photos I took with one of my blog buddies at a conference and a photo of my brother and me when we were little. I'm particularly fond of this photo because I look like an unimpressed mob boss in a foofy pink dress. My "I'm not a player, I just blog a lot" button that I made and passed out at a blog conference also made its way onto the cork board.

If you're interested in learning more about the organization on the side of my home office workstation, head over here.

Hey friends! I'm Chelsea from Two Twenty One! I'm a twenty-something living in Indiana with my husband, Brad, and our crazy mutt, Jack. My loves are photography, travel, DIY projects, baking, wine, sarcasm and my iPhone. The husband and I are attempting to make our home a little less cookie cutter and a lot more awesome. My little slice of the internet, Two Twenty One, is where I share my latest home improvement projects, furniture makeovers, crafts, recipes and home & seasonal decor ideas. I am beyond excited to join Jen and the rest of the IHeart Organizing team!


  1. Great idea for teen dorm rooms. Thanks for sharing.

  2. Cute cork board!

    Her Heartland Soul

  3. This is a great idea! I'm thinking of making one. I'm just so into this kind of DIY projects so I'd love have one. Thanks!

  4. I love this idea :) /

  5. I love this! Especially because both my husband and I are living in a state that neither of us grew up in. Such a fun way to really personalize a space.

  6. What a cute idea! Love it! I have to make my son one. He'd be delighted since he's so into maps.

  7. What a cute idea! I'm from Kansas, though, so ours would just look like a rectangle with a broken corner. LOL

    1. Thanks, Katie! Hah! Some states just don't have the best silhouettes, do they?

  8. Oh I love this, very stylish and simple to do.
    I'm off to check out your home now Chelsea, this has me intrigued.
    Happy weekend x

  9. Very Cute! (And I am very thankful my kids moved to ND - should be able to crank that out without too much trouble!! ) :-)

    1. Thanks, Lisa! Yeah, that should be a quick and easy state to knock out. :)

  10. super cute! I loved this post very much, thanks for sharing :)

    Check out my latest home decor related post: "Minimalist Workspace"

  11. So glad that you are feeling a little better knowing how much people care about you. I posted yesterday. I'm the one that copied your beautiful necklace corkboard and just love it. That's not all, I've cleaned and organized our bathroom and removed 5 trash bags full of junk that wasn't being used. Feels great. I've also used your grout cleaning recipe with great results. I usually don't have too many of my own ideas, but LOVE to read about other peoples and it usually gives me the push I need. I guess what I'm trying to say is you motivate people so we need you. Just take a break and be kind to yourself first. Gloria


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