How to decorate a corkboard with scalloped tape

How to decorate a corkboard with scalloped tapeI love scallop patterned things. I guess I didn’t realize how much until this most recent project – these cork boards decorated with scalloped patterned FrogTape® Shape Tape™. Did you know there was such a thing? Yep. You can get painter’s tape in patterns, and that is exactly what Shape Tape™ is. When presented with the challenge of using it for home decor, I knew exactly what I wanted to do. I have a plain section of my wall that I recently removed a picture from that needed a use . . . and a mini corkboard set was perfect. And of course, because I’m a Mod Podger, I added some Mod Podged thumbtacks.

Corkboard DetailHere’s a close up of the scalloped pattern and thumbtacks. I think the thing that most impressed me about the Shape Tape™ was the crisp edge that it maintained while using the paint. This is because of patented PaintBlock® Technology, a super absorbent polymer that reacts with the water in paint and instantly gels to form a micro-barrier that seals the edges of the tape, which helps prevent paint bleed. Amazing, huh? And it really worked! Here’s how I decorated a corkboard and made the thumbtacks.

Gather These Supplies

  • Corkboard – I used 12 x 12″ tiles I got from the craft store
  • FrogTape® Shape Tape™ – Scallop
  • Acrylic paint – navy and gray
  • Mod Podge Matte
  • Scrapbook paper – you just need a small sheet or scrap
  • Scallop punch – 1″
  • Wood circles – 1″
  • Thumbtacks
  • Craft glue
  • Paintbrush

IMG_2675Grab your corkboard and Shape Tape™. I used corkboard 12 x 12″ tiles from the craft store with little adhesive squares that you add to the back to attach them to the wall. Make sure that the tiles are thick enough to accommodate the thumbtacks and don’t poke into the wall.

IMG_2676I laid out the Shape Tape™ to see how I wanted to organize it. At first I thought I’d use six strips across, but then I went for four. It’s really up to you. AND you can measure if you like – I just eyeball things and it seems to work out.

IMG_2677The Shape Tape™ is awesome because the back has two parts to it – so you can remove half of the backing, place the tape down and then remove the rest and secure it. Smooth, smooth, smooth.

IMG_2678Then you’ll paint. It takes awhile to paint cork, but acrylic paint works just fine.

IMG_2680Peel the tape up while the paint is still wet. You are going to freak out about the clean edges. I couldn’t believe that it really worked! Now time to make the decorative thumbtacks.

IMG_2674Paint all of your wood circles and let them dry. I gave them a few coats on both sides.

IMG_2686Add Mod Podge to your wood circles and place the scrapbook paper down – smooth thoroughly. You can Mod Podge over the top of the paper if you want, but you don’t have to. I didn’t.

IMG_2688Use craft glue to attach the thumbtacks to your wood circles. Let them dry.

Decorate a corkboard on a budget with scalloped tapeI hung the finished corkboards with the adhesive squares that came with the tiles. Then I got busy pinning things up on them. What do you think? I think that Shape Tape™ is completely amazing. Follow Frog Tape® on Twitter to get more information!

Disclosure: This post brought to you by FrogTape brand painter’s tape. All opinions are 100% mine.


  1. says

    I love the corkboard, but just have to ask…where did that awesome white squirrel come from? My husband would LOVE it!