Make Your Own Amoeba-shaped Cork Board Photo Frame
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There was a fair lass from New York
who made a big board out of cork.
She pushed in some pins
and then for the win
she filled it with pictures of Bjork.
p.s. Bjork not mandatory. You can put photos of anyone you want in this postmodern freeform amoeba-shaped bulletin board/picture frame.
Ye olde cork bulletin board: rectangular, drab, so very office-y. And yet, so very useful! So handy for keeping notes and tidbits of info! What to do, what to do?
Make a blobbity multi-layered extra-functional-yet-stylish amoeba board, that’s what! With frames that you can slide photos in and out of whenever the heck you want. Yessir.
Looks good, works well, no trapped-in-a-cubicle vibe — it’s a winner.
What You’ll Need:
- Roll of cork
- Mat board or illustration board
- X-acto knife and cutting mat
- Scissors (optional)
- Masking tape or artist’s tape
- Heavy-duty glue (like Liquid Nails or hot glue)
- Heavy books or bricks
- Photo prints
- Pushpins or thumbtacks
Flatten the Cork
Before doing anything else, unroll the cork and lay it flat. Weigh it down by putting heavy books on top, or roll it up in the opposite direction and secure with a rubber band. Let the cork rest for a bit while it releases its curl and flattens out.
Step 1: Make an Amoeba
Cut out the amoeba shape with an X-acto knife. You could also use scissors if they’re strong enough and the board’s thin enough.
If using a knife, score the pattern line over and over until you cut through the board. Trying to cut through in one go is difficult and really bad news if the knife slips. Owie owie ow!
Step 2: Make Another Amoeba Out of Cork
If the cork wants to curl up, you can tape the edges down to keep it flat
Step 3: Glue the Amoebas Together
Make sure the edges have enough glue to stick them down well. Glue the mat to the cork so that the shapes of the pieces align.
Step 4: Squash the Amoebas! Squash ‘Em Good!
Place several heavy books or bricks on top of them, and keep the pieces weighed down until the glue is completely dry.
Step 5: Make a Bunch of Little Amoebas
One should be just a bit smaller than the main board, and the other pieces should be smaller than that. The sizes, shapes and number of pieces are all up to you.
Make as many layers as you want- the more layers, the thicker the board. Make different freeform shapes so all the pieces look different.
Glue the biggest piece onto the main board, and put it back under the heavy books until the glue is dry.
Step 6: Turn an Amoeba Into a Frame
Draw a freeform window inside that boundary for the photo to show through, then cut the window out with an X-acto knife.
Step 7: Attach the Amoeba Frame to the Board
Keep one edge of the frame free of glue so you can slip photos in and out of the frame when you want.
Glue the cork frame to the larger board, then place it under weights until the glue dries.
Step 8: Slide Photos Into the Frames
When all the glue on all the layers is totally dry, slide photos into the frames.
Step 9: Stick Amoebas on Your Walls!
Use pushpins or thumbtacks to put notes on the board, add more photos, or generally create havoc! Woooo havoc!