Learn how easy it is to create your own framed magnetic board! This is a seriously simple project that can be completed within an hour.

Easy Framed Magnetic Board

Learn how easy it is to create your own framed magnetic board! This is a seriously simple project that can be completed within an hour.

Can you ever have too many memo boards? I think not. For one, they’re super useful, and secondly, they’re very easy to make yourself! I created this framed magnetic board by repurposing a piece of artwork that hung in our old house. A simple project that only took an hour to put together!

A few weeks ago, I was browsing at a home decor store in one of Cincinnati’s trendy neighborhoods when I saw a display of framed magnetic memo boards. They were a little fancier than framed sheet metal – the metal was covered with a material that gave it the look of an art canvas, and some were embellished with vinyl words and phrases. I was struck with the idea that one of these would be the perfect addition to my craft room, but those gears came screeching to a halt when I saw the price tag—$115! And they didn’t even come with magnets! Absolutely not. Heck no. Nope. I knew I could make my own version, and for a lot less money.

This framed magnetic board has got to be one of the easiest DIY projects ever. I probably don’t even need to share photos, because it’s pretty self-explanatory. But that’s my job, right? So, follow along and I’ll show you how I did it…

I scoured our house for a for a frame I could repurpose and found the perfect one – a long, rectangular frame that measures 36″x12″. These dimensions are the perfect size to fit beneath the C-R-E-A-T-E letter art in my craft room.

Repurpose an old piece of artwork into a magnetic memo board. Full tutorial inclued.

Here’s what I used to make my framed magnetic board:

  • picture frame
  • sheet metal*
  • decorative paper
  • spray adhesive
  • tin snips

*You can save a lot of money on sheet metal by grabbing it in the HVAC section of the hardware store. We paid under $10 for a 24″x36″ sheet. 

How to make a framed magnetic board

How to make your own framed magnetic board

If you have a large piece of sheet metal, like I did, use tin snips to cut it down to the size of your frame. Be very careful working with the sheet metal—the edges are SHARP! I wore a heavy-duty pair of gloves while I was working with the metal and tin snips.

Materials for making your own framed magnetic board

I found a roll of decorative gold polka-dotted paper at Michaels and decided to use this to cover the sheet metal and give my magnetic board a fancier look. If I hadn’t found this, I was planning to get some contact paper. This step is optional, but adds a pretty touch, or can be customized to suit your style and decor.

How to make your own framed magnetic board

Cut the paper to the size of the sheet metal and use spray adhesive to attach them. I find spray adhesive to be pretty messy, so I did this step in our basement and put the metal on top of a piece of cardboard. Allow glue to dry according to can instructions.

Learn how easy it is to create your own framed magnetic board! This is a seriously simple project that can be completed within an hour.

Place the paper-covered sheet metal inside the frame and it’s ready to go! Hang the framed magnetic board on a wall or set it on top of a bookshelf or desk.

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Details of DIY craft room magnetic memo board

Learn how easy it is to create your own framed magnetic board! This is a seriously simple project that can be completed within an hour.

I’d also like to note that I spent a whopping $4 on this project. I had all the materials on-hand except for the dotted paper. But even if you had to buy the materials, you could create a similar framed magnetic board for about $30 – $60, depending on the cost of the frame.

I am really pleased with how this turned out. And I love having an easy way to display photos, inspirational quotes and small watercolor projects in my craft room. (psst – if you missed last week’s craft room reveal, you can see the full makeover here!)

Learn how easy it is to create your own framed magnetic board! This is a seriously simple project that can be completed within an hour.

 

3 thoughts on “Easy Framed Magnetic Board

  1. Sangeeta industries

    Good work with sheet metal, the smart and creative idea you are using for these type of work. really good.

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