We started off with huge sheets of cork that we cut into 4inch x 4inch square pieces. (here’s a link to something similar to what we bought, but ours was flat//not a roll)
We then cut and painted them to have cute designs. We traced our shapes and designs with pencil, which worked best for us rather than free-handing everything, as we could erase as needed :). We attempted using paint pens but found that just a thin paint brush and white paint worked beautifully.
Cut ideas: circles, squares, triangles, hexagons, pentagons, state shapes, hearts, etc.
Paint ideas: polka dots, zig zags, simple lines, a simple little heart where your city is in the state, etc.
Tie 4 or 5 together and they make a super cute housewarming gift!