How to Cover a Bulletin Board With Burlap

6 Materials
45 Minutes

Do you have an old cork bulletin board that's a bit of an eye sore? Don't throw it away! Learn how to cover it with burlap and give it a new life! Perfect for a command center or just for keeping track of loose papers!


  • Barlap fabric (Amount depends on size of your board. It needs to be enough to cover entire front of board and wrap just around the edges - I used ~ 1 1/2 yards)
  • Decorative tacks (found in the fabric department)
  • Stapler
  • Scissors
  • Jute twine
  • Tiny clothes pins

Step 1: Tack burlap onto front of board

As a side note, be sure the burlap is wrinkle free prior to proceeding. You might need to iron it to ensure it goes onto your bulletin board smoothly!

Place the tacks ~ 1 1/2 inches apart. You are welcome to measure, but I just approximated the distance.

Make sure the burlap is tight so it won't have wrinkles!

My golden doodle, Bentley wasn't terribly excited about this project! You can get a glimpse of him snoozing in the above photo.

Step 2: Flip the bulletin board over to the back side

Cut away the excess fabric. Then staple the fabric to the back of the cork board.

No need to over think this, just ensure the staples are every few inches. Pull the burlap somewhat taut prior to stapling to ensure it is smooth around the edges.

You're done!

I had another old cork board that I covered and used as our command center for our kids' activities and school handouts:

Optional Step: Add jute twine and mini clothes pins.

It's certainly not necessary, but I added some twine and small clothes pins so I could just hang our papers.

I tied a small knot with the twine around tacks on opposing sides of the bulletin board. You can get a visual in the image above of how I attached the twine.

I'm a bit of a sucker for burlap. See how I used different colors of burlap fabric to make reusable gift sacks!

Have a great week!

April at LoveOurRealLife

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