Sunday, May 30, 2010

Guest Post: DIY Magnetic Board

 I am so excited to have my friend Hannah guest posting for me today!  She doesn't have her own craft blog, so I get the privilege of showing off her wonderful creativity at The Tidy Nest.  

Here is a super cute magnetic board that she made, along with step-by-step instructions on how she put it together.  


It is similar to the one I made here, but she used cardboard along with the sheet metal to make it thicker and more sturdy.  She also added some adorable embellishments and stitching!

Here are the instructions...

I started with a 36x24 sheet of galvanized sheet metal from Home Depot for $9.34.  My husband cut it into 8 9x12 sheets.  Then cut the cardboard the same size.

Then I mod podge the sheet metal to the cardboard for a little support.
He drilled the holes through all.

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I then laid the magnetic board onto the (facing down) fabric that I purchased at Walmart for $5.44 per yard (I purchased ½ yard and I was able to do 3 boards with it) then took a pen and traced the outline of the board onto the fabric.  I took the fabric to my sewing machine and followed the tracing to sew a fun border.  (you’ll actually sew on the wrong side so you can follow the tracing).  Sorry I didn’t take a picture of this step, but this picture shows the border well. 

I then laid the fabric back onto the magnetic board and hot glued one side, so I could get the border straight with the board.  Then I flipped it over and pulled tight the fabric and glued it down.Your browser may not support display of this image.

I actually cut the corners so there wasn’t so much material to work with.  But make sure you leave enough room to cover the corners.
I also folded the raw edges on the corners over to give a finished look.

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I cut a piece of burlap and sewed the edges in a zip zag to keep from fraying.

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Hot glued the burlap on the back.
Cut through fabric where the holes were for the ribbon.

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Found these embellishments at Michaels for $2.50 (got 2 of them).  The magnets came from there too  (I paid $4.40 for 50 of them, since I had a 40% off coupon)

Hot glue the magnet to the embellishment.

To make the flowers I followed the instructions from the DYI Dish…found here on the end of this video
Then hot glued them on.

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So Cute!!

Thanks for sharing this awesome tutorial, Hannah!  

Hopefully we will get to see more of her wonderful creativity soon!


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  1. wow! great tutorial :) come on over and link up to making monday marvelous!

  2. I love that it is covered in fabric. That makes it so much prettier than a regular magnet board!! Thanks for sharing!



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