Emily Henderson's latest DIY craft transforms a cheap corkboard into a chic piece that nails the vintage bobbin trend

With a few simple steps, you can create a playful wall feature that gets the bobbin furniture trend on a budget

Em Henderson and child's bedroom with pink pin board
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Interior designer Em Henderson is endlessly creative when it comes to decor. Often showcasing her clever crafts and DIY hacks, we're always intrigued by the home decor ideas she comes up with. 

This time, the interior designer transformed an old bulletin board into a custom corkboard to display in her child's bedroom, creating a whole new look by painting it and adding wooden circular knobs all along its frame. You can read all about the full process on Em Henderson's blog, but we've summarized the main steps below to help you on your way with this home decor idea

Step One: Paint the background

To conceal the original cork which in Em's  case was quite badly marked, start by painting the whole background of the corkboard in the color of your choice. Em opted to use acrylic paint ideas in a white hue, but you could alternatively go for a darker color depending on the look you want to create. 

Step Two: Paint the wooden knobs 

For a playful bobbin look, Em decided to decorate the edge of the mirror with wooden circular knobs, lining them around the outside of the rectangular frame. Before doing so, she spray painted each of these in a hot pink hue – again, you could choose whatever color you like.  

Step Three: Paint the frame

To match the bright pink color of the wooden knobs, the interior designer matched the frame of the corkboard by painting it in the same color, ensuring that once everything's attached you won't be able to see any of the original color from underneath. 

Step Four: Attach the wooden knobs

Em explains in her blog that the next step is to attach all of the painted wooden knobs around the perimeter of the frame. You'll want to use gorilla glue for this, but Em warns to be careful and make sure that this is clear glue, as some of them are colored meaning you will see this on the frame once dried. 

Step Five: Display

Once everything is securely attached, the corkboard is ready to display in the room of your choice. Em opted to hang it horizontally in her daughter's bedroom and has started to pin colorful art to it, but you can get creative and display whatever you like for a unique wall hanging. 

If you're feeling inspired to try your hand at this playful DIY idea, start by shopping the below items, and then you'll just need to decide on your favorite color of paint. 

Paint & Color Editor

Emily is H&G's Paint & Color Editor, covering all things color across interior design and home decor. She joined the team in the summer of 2023, having studied Fashion Communication at university before working in various creative roles ahead of making the leap into interiors. She lives in Glasgow where she loves admiring the city's architecture, frequenting her favorite coffee spots, and sourcing vintage furniture for her tenement apartment. Emily's interior style is inspired by the simplicity of midcentury design, mixed with more playful modern pieces that inject small (but bold) doses of color.