Hot Pad Cork Boards (AKA “How to Ruin Your Manicure)

When I started thinking about decorating my house I had two things in mind:

1) aesthetics

2) functionality

My house is a small bungalow so I want to use every inch of space possible in a functional way.  If decorations can be pretty and do double duty as storage or an organizational tool, then instead of having two objects take up space, I just have one!

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These hot pad cork boards will double as wall decorations and a mini cork board to hold magazine clippings of ideas or reminders for myself.  I’ve seen them on the internet a few times, but always thought I could do a better job.  The fabric is often a bit bumpy around the edges so I wanted to see if I could make them nice and smooth, and I think I did!

You will need:

-cork hot pads (you can buy a pack of 3 at Ikea for a very cheap price)

-some scrap cotton batting

-some scrap fabric

-a hot glue gun

-scissors

-pen/pencil

-craft stick or knitting needle (optional)

-ribbon

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1) Start by ironing the fabric to take out all of the wrinkles.

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2) Lay the hot pad on the cotton batting and draw an approximately 1″ to 1 1/2″ circle around it, then cut the circle out.

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3) Cut slits around the outside of the cotton batting approximately 1/2 inch apart and 1/2 inch deep.

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4) Place the hot pad back in the centre of the cotton batting and fold up one tab of cotton batting at a time.  Put a dab of glue under the tab and press the fabric down.  This is where a craft stick (or in my case a knitting needle) may come in handy.  The hot glue was squeezing out through and from under the cotton and was burning my fingers (and RUINING MY MANICURE!).  I used the end of the knitting needle to push the fabric down onto the glue on the hot pad and hold it until it cooled.

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5) When you have glued all of the flaps down, repeat the same process with the fabric.

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6) Decide which way-up you want your board to hang.  Glue a loop of ribbon to the back of the board at the top end to hang the board.

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That’s it you’re done!

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I found these cute little bumble bee push pins at the dollar store and I just couldn’t resist!

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I think they look great buzzing around the flowers on my cork board and holding my notes in place.

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I can’t wait to share my whole completed craft room with you!  It’s almost done!  It’s so close I can taste it!  And I’ll give you a clue, if you could taste it, it would taste like lemon!!!

Happy crafting!

Love,

Candy

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3 thoughts on “Hot Pad Cork Boards (AKA “How to Ruin Your Manicure)

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