SUPPLIES:

Embroidery Hoop Cork Board

  • Embroidery hoop (5″ or 6″ work best)
  • Fabric
  • Cork roll
  • XACTO knife
  • Scissors
  • *Paint (optional)

Thumbtacks

  • Fabric
  • Fabric Button Kit
  • Earring posts
  • Needle-nose pliers
  • Epoxy (or other jewelry glue)

INSTRUCTIONS:

Embroidery Hoop Cork Board

  1. Begin by laying out the cork roll onto a cutting mat. Place the inside ring of the Embroidery Hoop (the one without the screw) on the cork roll. Trace the outside of the circle with a marker onto the cork, then with an X­ACTO knife or scissors cut out the circle. For added support, trace the inside of the ring onto another piece of cork. This will give you two layers for the cork board, which will make it sturdier. *If you’d like to paint the embroidery hoops for a pop of color, I suggest doing it now before gluing on the cork.*
  2. Next, put some glue around the flat side of the embroidery hoop and place the cut­out piece of cork on top. I used a two-­part Epoxy for this step, but any glue should work fine. Put a book or other object on top of the hoop to weigh it down, then set aside while the glue dries.
  3. Once the glue has dried, take your second cut­out piece of cork (the one sized for the inner ring) and spread glue all over one side. Then press it onto the inner ring of the hoop, on top of the first piece of cork. Set aside to dry.
  4. Next, lay the inner hoop onto your fabric and cut a circle out of the fabric that is about a half ­inch bigger than the hoop. It does not need to be perfect.
  5. Finally, place the outer ring (the one with the screw) around the inside hoop, cork, and fabric. Screw the closure on. At this point, some fabric may be sticking out. You can choose to leave it and embrace those beautiful ruffled edges, or use scissors to cut off the excess fabric.

Thumbtacks

Thanks to the ease of Fabric Button Kits, making these thumbtacks are super easy and similar to making fabric magnets! Check out the blog on DIY fabric magnets and follow steps 1-4. Instead of gluing a magnet onto the plain backing of the thumbtack, glue an earring post and let dry!