Thursday, September 27, 2012

pine cone cork board

Everyone keeps trying to convince me it's fall but the forecast for the weekend in LA is 90 degrees and sunny. In fact, the sun has shone every single day since we arrived. The unchanging weather seems to alter the passage of time here--maybe that's why I can't believe it's already been three weeks (and maybe that's why the 40 yr olds here think they're 20...). I do feel like I'm missing out on changing leaves, pumpkins, and apple cider...hopefully "winter" will be more like an extended fall? This is something that is definitely going to take some getting used to.

I had these four bulletin board squares that needed a little a little jazzing up to fit into our new place. Nostalgia led me to make one into a pine cone cutout, and I love the way it turned out!

Side note: those are all of my necklaces--three were gifts and I made the other three (I learned how to make the bird's nest neck from Kinsey's DIY ) I can't remember the last time I actually bought a necklace in a store!

You will need: piece of cork board, pencil, permanent marker, strong double sided tape (for mounting), sharp scissors or exacto knife, pine cone pattern (I used this one)

Start by drawing your pattern on to the back side of the cork board (your final image will be a reverse of the pattern). You can print out your stencil & trace it, or freehand it by eyeballing a picture, like I did. Using sharp scissors or an exacto knife, carefully cut out the pieces one by one. I would advise keeping track of the placement of each piece so you don't end up with a puzzle-like jumble after all the pieces are cut out! Finally, put a small square of double sided tape on each piece and place on the wall!

My tape ended up being stickier than I thought, so I couldn't easily move the pieces after attaching them to the wall. So my pine cone turned out slightly unevenly spaced and messy, but I still love it! It adds some great texture and a touch of nature (without being as obvious as, say, a pine cone border).


  1. ah that is very cool and creative! thanks for sharing! inspire me as well

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  2. What a great idea! And it looks easy to make, too! Thank you for sharing, I'll be sure to give it a try! :)

  3. This is too cute, I love it! I have never thought about cutting a shape out of cork board before. Loving your DIY nest necklace too! I had to laugh at your "maybe thats why 40 year olds think their 20 comment"... that definitely could explain it!
    Happy October :)
    xo Hannah