Introduction: How to Make a Hexagon Corkboard Out of Cardboard
Ever since I was a kid I've always had this fascination with cardboard boxes.I just refused to throw them away.I remember I made an entire kitchen from cardboard boxes once - a fridge,an oven and all the cupboards.My mom would joke about my obsession with junk stuff but she would always be surprized at how good my creations came out.
Today I still refuse to throw cardboard boxes away.They have recently piled up in my balcony so I've decided to utilize them.
In this Instructable I will be showing you something more practical than a little girl's kitchen - a hexagon shaped corkboard.Why hexagon you ask? Well there are a couple of reasons,one of them being that I'm a Pharmacy student and the hexagon shape is a huge part of my student life and I see it almost every day.The second reason is that I just love the way a hexagon looks on the wall.
This project is easy,practical and quick.
Here is all of the things you will need:
- Cardboard boxes
- Double-sided tape
- Wall adhesive of your choice
- A pen
- A sheet of paper
- A ruler
- Acrylic paint
- A paint brush
Step 1: Create Your Template
If you have a printer you can just go ahead and print out a hexagon shape,but I've decided to make it myself.
Take your sheet of paper and draw a rectangle shape.My rectangle was 10 cm wide and 16 cm long.Then,find the middle of the length (in my case 8 cm) and mark it.Create a line outwards - mine was about 6 cm.Then,connect the middle line with the width of the rectangle and your hexagon template is ready!
I used this template to trace the hexagon shape in each cardboard and corkboard piece and it worked perfectly.
Step 2: Cut Your Hexagons
Using the template you just made,trace the hexagon shape on the cardboard and corkboard.You can make as many hexagons as you like.I made six.
Once you have cut your cardboard and corkboard hexagons,use double-sided tape to adhere the corkboard to the cardboard.Now of course you can use other adhesives like hot glue or E6000 but I've come to the conclusion that double-sided tape is the quickest and easiest way.
If you want you can add another cardboard hexagon to the back to make it thicker but for me personally one piece of cardboard backing is totally enough.
Step 3: Paint Your Hexagons
This step is completely optional but why have a bland hexagon shaped corkboard when you can have a funky hexagon shaped corkboard?
Take some acrylic paint of your choice - i went with gold and black,and paint the hexagons.The possibilities are endless here so let your imagination run wild.
Once the paint is dry you are ready to assemble your corkboard.
Step 4: Assemble Your Corkboard
It's time for the easiest step - the assembly!
I assembled my corkboard by laying it flat on the ground first.I rearanged the hexagons multiple times to see how I like them the most.Then I took each hexagon and used some renter friendly adhesive to put it on the wall.
Step 5: Bonus: Polaroid Picture Display
This is just one of the endless ways you can display things on this corkboard.I have had this polaroid picture in my wallet for a month and I've decided it's finally time to take it out.
I used a mini clothespin,put some superglue on the back of it and attached it to one of the hexagons.
Voila! You now have a place to display photos,notes or even grocery lists!
Step 6: Decorate However You Want
Decorate your lovely hexagon corkboard however you want.I put some photos,a birthday note from my best friend and some study notes.
I love how versatile this project really is - you can create any shape of corkboard you want.I already had all of the supplies laying around so I didn't break the bank making it,either!
Thank you so much for taking the time to read this Instructable! As always - if you decide to recreate this project feel free to share it here with us!
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