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Decorative Corkboards with Scalloped Tape

Use scalloped painter’s tape to make decorative corkboards with a pattern! Choose your favorite paint colors and let your imagination run wild.

How to decorate a corkboard with scalloped tape

I love scallop patterned things. I guess I didn’t realize how much until this most recent project – these corkboards 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: decorative corkboards with one of my favorite paint colors.

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 Detail

Here’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.

Decorate Corkboards

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

Grab 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.


I 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.


The 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.


Then you’ll paint. It takes awhile to paint cork, but acrylic paint works just fine. Your decorative corkboards are close to being done!


Peel 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.


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


Add 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.


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

Decorate a corkboard on a budget with scalloped tape

I hung my decorative 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!

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Tuesday 22nd of October 2013

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


Tuesday 22nd of October 2013

Hi there Tara! It came from Target last fall! You might be able to find one online?


Tuesday 22nd of October 2013

Do you get this at Home Depot in the paint department? Or at a craft store?