Painted Corkboard and Barbie Push Pins

I have a sliiight obsession with desk items. I've got a whole bunch of pens, some cute tape dispensers, and even a cute felt cactus on my desk. Hoarder is one word that can be used to describe me, but I prefer collector. Luckily the differentiator between a hoarder and a collector is how your items are presented and stored. As long as it's neat, there's nothing to worry about, right? 

I tend to hold onto papers and fortune cookie fortunes that are all too relatable, so I needed somewhere to keep them where I could actually see and use them. In addition, I wanted to have it be something really fun! In what is one of my easiest tutorials to date, I'll show you how to make your very own painted cork board and Barbie push pins!

I decided to use my slight obsession with Barbie to create this awesome pink cork board with matching Barbie shoe magnets and thumbtacks. Click for the full tutorial!
I decided to use my slight obsession with Barbie to create this awesome pink cork board with matching Barbie shoe magnets and thumbtacks. Click for the full tutorial!
I decided to use my slight obsession with Barbie to create this awesome pink cork board with matching Barbie shoe magnets and thumbtacks. Click for the full tutorial!

You will need:

Corkboard/magnetic whiteboard combo (here)
Small magnets (here)
thumbtacks (I used gold, but these are nice too!)
E6000 glue (here)
pink paint
toothpick
painters tape (here)
Barbie Shoes (authentic vintage ones from Ebay, or similar here)

Directions:

1. Tape off the sides of the corkboard.

I decided to use my slight obsession with Barbie to create this awesome pink cork board with matching Barbie shoe magnets and thumbtacks. Click for the full tutorial!

2. Paint the corkboard pink. I used Martha Stewart Satin Paint in Pink Dahlia.

I decided to use my slight obsession with Barbie to create this awesome pink cork board with matching Barbie shoe magnets and thumbtacks. Click for the full tutorial!

4. Peel off the tape while the paint is still kinda wet. Touch up the paint and use a toothpick to remove any extra paint from sides.

I decided to use my slight obsession with Barbie to create this awesome pink cork board with matching Barbie shoe magnets and thumbtacks. Click for the full tutorial!

5. Space out your magnets on the whiteboard and place a small glob of glue on each. Let cure for 2 minutes (or according to instructions) then place the shoe onto it. Hold for 30 seconds, then let dry for 24-48 hours.Please note that not all whiteboards are magnetic, so make sure you find one that is!

I decided to use my slight obsession with Barbie to create this awesome pink cork board with matching Barbie shoe magnets and thumbtacks. Click for the full tutorial!

 I did the opposite for all the thumbtacks, putting a small glob of glue onto the shoe itself, then placing a thumbtack on after it cured. Hold for 30 seconds, then let dry for 24-48 hours.

I decided to use my slight obsession with Barbie to create this awesome pink cork board with matching Barbie shoe magnets and thumbtacks. Click for the full tutorial!
I decided to use my slight obsession with Barbie to create this awesome pink cork board with matching Barbie shoe magnets and thumbtacks. Click for the full tutorial!
I decided to use my slight obsession with Barbie to create this awesome pink cork board with matching Barbie shoe magnets and thumbtacks. Click for the full tutorial!

Now, gather up all your cutest photos and postcards, and hang them up!

I decided to use my slight obsession with Barbie to create this awesome pink cork board with matching Barbie shoe magnets and thumbtacks. Click for the full tutorial!

You can also scribble notes on your whiteboard, like dinner dates and brunches with friends!

If you want more Barbie fun, be sure to check out my Barbie Shoes Tote Bag!

I decided to use my slight obsession with Barbie to create this awesome pink cork board with matching Barbie shoe magnets and thumbtacks. Click for the full tutorial!

I know I'm way too old for this, but I still really love Barbies. I peruse the doll aisle at Target every once in a while to see what they have. This cork board is a fun and nostalgic way to show off your Barbie love. So what do you think, will you be making one of these for your desk? Did you love Barbies as a kid, or were you over her faster than you can say "Barbie Dream House"? Do you still have a soft spot for her? Let me know in the comments below!