I came across some cork board frames on pinterest, a DIY project pinned from Tea Rose Home, and I had planned on making one of my own using a frame I already owned, but originally got at Marshall's for about $7.99 in case you are wondering.
While out and about, I noticed that buying cork wasn't as inexpensive as I would have thought. Ones at Staples run $29.99 for a smaller 4 pack and the sheets from Michael's are $19.99. So, when I was at IKEA and noticed some tree printed placemats made out of cork, they caught my eye.
I thought, why couldn't I just use them as cork, instead of as a placemat, by turning each mat over and using the back?!? Plus, you get a set of 4 larger sheets for less than one anywhere else!
Turns out it works quite well, and allows you to create a 12"x16" frame for about $1 easily and in just a couple minutes! Here is how I did it, step by step...
Spray paint or paint the cork board to create a fun color or design to your cork.
Use the placemat in a frame with a picture, cut smaller than the cork and frame size, centered to create a cork matte and border for your picture.