Tuesday, January 19, 2010

DIY Magnetic Board

I've been working on another craft project... :)
The inspiration for this project came from the Ballard Designs catalog. Ballard Designs has awesome home decor but at a pretty hefty price tag. This board sells for around $40 in the BD catalog. I was able to make one for under $8! I found the tutorial for this project on a craft blog, but I forgot to bookmark the page and can no longer find the blog. :(
Here are my instructions if you want to make your own!
Here's what you need:
Sheet metal -- I used a 12" x 17" piece pre cut from Lowes (cost -- around $5.00)
Fabric -- I used an upholstery type fabric (cost -- around $2.50 a yard)
Ribbon (cost -- around $.30)
Hot glue gun
Drill two holes in the top of the sheet metal. You will use these holes for the ribbon. Attach the fabric tightly to the backside of the sheet metal using a hot glue gun. Using scissors, poke through the fabric where the holes are at the top of the sheet metal. Thread the two ends of the ribbon from the back of the board to the front of the board. Leave enough of a ribbon loop to hang the board, then tie the ribbon in a knot or bow. Snip the ends of the ribbon and hang! :) I didn't end up hanging my board, so I just made a bow.
Now I just need some super cute magnets... :)


  1. Cute! cute!! cute!!! You have been busy.

  2. Wow, that would make such a great gift. I think I'm going to have to try this. Thanks for the inspiration.

  3. Hi Alisa! I see you posted this awhile back but I kinda just discovered your blog. I love it! I am a follower I love it so much. Well I think this magnetic board is super cute. I put it on my blog with a link back to yours and also telling how awesome your blog is. Hope you don't mind.
    Be blessed!

  4. Hey! This is super cute...I was wondering if you find the sheet metal is strong enough to hold to the magnets? I've heard some things attach stronger than others. Thanks.

  5. Beautiful board. I have an etsy shop selling magnetic message and organizing boards. If you need magnets, just let me know. We design super heavy-strength magnets that are 2-1/4" diameter and easily hold 8-10 pages. Have embroidered initials, fabric, or paper...
    Love the blog!



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