Materials: IKEA Tyst placemats Description: I wanted a very large cork bulletin board for my new workstation, but they are so ugly! Plus a large one is expensive. I bought these Tyst cork placemats which proved to be much cheaper ($10 for two 4-packs). And much cuter!
1. Paint the backside of the cork – I mixed colors to match a rug in the room. If you paint it first, you’ll get a nice, clean, unpainted edge after the shapes are cut.
2. Use a computer to draw a shape, print it out, and used it as a pattern. Draw the pattern on the front side. BEWARE: the Tyst product description says it’s 13×17 inches, but it’s really 12.5×16.5! So be sure your shape will fit on the placemat.
3. Cut the shapes using an Xacto knife. Don’t use scissors – they can leave the cork with a jagged edge.
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