Lamps are an essential part of home decor. That’s because they serve an essential purpose – they provide light so that you can see your home! But what if a lamp could do more than that? What if it could also function as a place to hang photos of friends and family, keep track of your to-do lists, and pin inspirational messages (such as, “if you’re reading this then you’re not working”)? It’s actually surprisingly simple to transform your ordinary desk or table lamp into a multi-function cork board! If you’re short on desk space or living space then this simple hack can really help you maximize your setup. See the full video below to find out how to quickly and easily turn your lamp into a cork board!

Step By Step Guide

In this guide we’re going to be transforming our Parr Table Lamp into a Cork Board Lamp! This tutorial works best for lamps that are cylindrical or rectangular, but a version of this guide can be used for many different types of lamps and other home decor pieces! Let your imagination run wild! 

Graphic showing tools needed to add cork paper to a table lamp

Things You’ll Need:

  • A lamp with an appropriate shape
  • Cork contact paper – thin cork board front with adhesive backing
  • Scissors
  • Pins to hang up your personal items!
Man adding cork paper to a table lamp base

Step 1: The first thing you’ll want to do is create a small piece of cork board that will cover the top of the lamp’s base and circle the bulb’s socket. For our Parr Table Lamp this process is relatively straight-forward since the lamp is a cylinder. Kyle places the Parr on top of the cork board, traces a circle around the base, cuts the circle out, and then cuts an additional hole in the center to allow the cork to fit around the socket. This piece will go on the top of the base in a later step.

Man cutting paper with gold scissors at a brown wooden table
Hands showing a piece of cork paper cutout with a hole in the center
Man seated at a wooden table cutting cork sheetsStep 2: Kyle now wraps the cork board around the lamp to determine where he’ll need to cut. He makes a mark on the cork board and cuts out the appropriate amount. This portion of the cork board will cover the entire cylinder of the base.
Man wrapping a table lamp base in cork while seated at a table
Man attaching cork paper to a table lamp base while seatedStep 3: Peel back the paper to reveal the adhesive on the back of the cork board. Carefully press the cork to the lamp. Make sure to line up your edge so that it’s as straight as possible along the seam. You can also peel the back off of the small circle that was cut out in Step 1. Peel the paper back and place this circle on the top of the base.
Man decorating a table lamp with photos attached to cork on the lamp baseStep 4: Personalize! Pin your favorite photos, recipes, to-do lists, and more directly on the lamp!
Man seated at a table in a blue shirt with a bright table lamp

Want More DIY Ideas?

Love this simple DIY cork board lamp hack as much as we do? Try it out on your own home decor! If you do, be sure to share it out on social media using the hashtag #2BHacks

Want even more great, simple DIY project ideas? Check out some of these previous DIY tutorials!

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