Upon arriving at college, I realized that I forgot my cork board back at home. Instead of having my parents mail it to me or even :gasp: going a whole term without a cork board, I decided to make a cheap, geekified version of my own! For less than $10, I made an eye-catching art piece that also has a functional purpose!
Step 1: Tools and Materials
Tools you will need:
-Scissors or box-cutter
-Tape measure or ruler
-Straight edge (if you don't have a ruler handy)
- Cork board tiles -- I bought a pack of 4 on Amazon for $6.79
- Tape or other means of sticking the boards to the wall
Step 2: Come up with a design!
Pac-man is only one of many designs you could put on here. When choosing what you want your cork board to be shaped like, keep in mind that the image cannot be too detailed, because it will be too hard to cut out (unless you have a laser cutter, in which case, go for it!). Also keep in mind that it is a lot easier to cut out straight pieces than round ones.
Once you have chosen a design, create an image of it using your image editor of choice; I used GIMP photoshop for my design. To make it easier to transfer the design onto the cork board, scale the image so that the longest side is 12" (or whatever length your cork board is.)
Step 3: Put the design on the boards!
Once I had created my templates, I reset the rulers in GIMP to show inches instead of pixels (see picture below). Using the templates as a guide, I then used a straight edge and a tape measure to draw the image on the cork board. To do this is very simple; For example: if the first corner on the image is 1.5" from the left in the image, then make a mark 1.5" from the left on the board. If your design is simple enough, you can make all the marks on two edges of the board, then use a straight edge to draw the lines in.