DIY Cork Typography

I am so happy to have Michelle here today, sharing a fun spring project! Her blog, Dandelion Patina, is gorgeous and inspirational, and I know you will love her too!


Hey there Ella Claire readers!

I am so happy to be here sharing a fun DIY project where you can embrace your awesomeness rather easily. I have been packing up all the winter decor items in my home and preparing for Spring. It should be here by now, right? Well, not according to the groundhog. We have a few more weeks to go. Bummer, right? So, even though the weather will be a bit gloomy outdoors for awhile longer, I can still freshen things up indoors.

I did a bit of Spring decor shopping this weekend and I am seeing elements of cork in many craft stores. I love cork and this is what inspired my DIY cork typography project.

Ready to embrace your awesomeness?

hidden word wall art with cork
Supplies you will need:

Cork letters-purchased from Michael’s

Old frame



Scrap plywood backing

tutorial with cork letters

Start with an old frame. You can find them in your basement or at a local thrift store. Clean it up and then paint it in your choice of color. Here, I used Annie Sloan Old White and distressed it once dry.

tutorial on cork letter typography

I then cut and nailed a piece of thin plywood for the back. I cut it larger than the opening to create a “shadow box” for the cork letters to fit into the recessed area under the frame lip.

I then painted the back with Annie Sloan Provence.

cork letter typography

Decide on your saying or quote. I chose ‘embrace your awesomeness’. Start playing with the word pattern and place random letters on all sides. This will look very similar to the hidden word puzzle books we have all worked on. The chunky cork letters resemble typography as well.

framed cork letter typography

cork letter typography art

Once you have the letters placed where you like, glue them down. I used Elmer’s wood glue. Let dry.

You  are now ready to use your new DIY cork typography piece. Place the frame on a mantel, in a wall collage or on an easel.

embrace your awesomeness

I hope I inspired you to embrace your awesomeness and try this DIY cork typography project. The cork letters are so fun and bring depth and texture to the piece.

If you are interested in more creative ideas, check out a few more DIY projects.

Dandelion Patina Projects

Bird Nest Woven With Charm/ Faux Agate Slice/ Repurposed Candle Holders From Lamps


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