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Recycled Magazine Cork Board

Transform old magazine pages into this fun Recycled Magazine Cork Board.  This is a great way to clear out your magazine stash and create something decorative and unique at the same time!  Use this technique to frame a photo, cork board, or mirror.  Kids and adults alike will love this recycled magazine craft!

Recycled Magazine Cork Board


  • Cutting Mat (18" x 24")
  • 11 x 14 stretched canvas
  • 12 x 12 cork panel
  • Glue stick
  • Mod Podge or other white glue
  • Old magazines



  1. To create the base, we started with an 11 x 14 inch stretched canvas and 12 x 12 inch cork panels.

    Recycled Magazine Cork Board
  2. Using a Fiskars Rotary Cutter, Cutting Mat, and Acrylic Ruler, we cut the cork panel to fit inside the canvas.
  3. I wanted the frame of the cork board to be deeper so I built it up with strips cut from a foam core board, again using a Fiskars Rotary Cutter, Cutting Mat, and Acrylic Ruler. The fact that we were recycling magazines to make this project was a good lesson for my son. Using Styrofoam to build of the frame would have continued that good lesson, but my search left me empty handed so we opted for the foam core.

    Recycled Magazine Cork Board
  4. Next came the time consuming part. I did this over a period of several days while we watched movies. Using a bamboo skewer to keep the rolls uniform in size, I tightly rolled the pages of an old magazine and a couple of my son's favorite toy catalogs. A swipe across the edge of the magazine page at the end of the rolling process was plenty to keep the pages tightly wound.

    Recycled Magazine Cork Board
  5. I then measured the outside edge of the frame from back to front and cut some (not all!) of the rolls to that height using the Rotary Cutter and the Cutting Mat. I was careful not cut them too tall. They need to be flush with the front of the frame so the rolls that cover the top of the frame make can contact with it.

    Recycled Magazine Cork Board
  6. The rolls adhered very securely with Mod Podge and we didn't have a single one pop off. I made sure we generously covered 1/2 of each roll with the Mod Podge so they would adhere not to the base but also to one another.

    Recycled Magazine Cork Board
  7. After completing the outside of the frame, I measured from the inside of the frame and we lined it with rolls. We finished by covering the top of the frame.
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I am hoarding magazines for this project. It will add some colour to your living room walls. I think it's a great project for earth Day, the materials are biodegradable and friendly to the environment. It would be he best project to tech kids the importance of taking care of the environment.

I love how colorful and creative this frame is! What a neat way to re-purpose old magazines, too.

I have tons of magazines and catalogs that I cannot bring myself to throw out and now I know what to do with them. I bet it would look cool to do a mirror like that! It wouldn't work as a cork board for me because I would eventually knock pieces off when adding or removing something, but it sure gives me ideas for other things.

My dad would love this. And he has a stash of old magazines, so it's pretty much a match made in heaven ,

bamboo skewers weren't listed on the supply list but I would substitute plastic drinking straws for the skewers. Faster and less tedious.

I'm all about using my resources when it comes to crafting! This project is the perfect way to get use out of old magazines. It is unique, and creative and makes for the perfect craft day project! The idea of the cork board is a perfect room accessory for all ages. What a fun, creative craft!

This looks fabulous! This one's a must-try for me.

fab make you can cover so many things using this method to match your pin board old tins for pen holders books ect you did a fab job


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