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DIY Magnet Board and Magnets

How to make a Magnet Board with an old frame:

How to make a magnet board from an old picture frame. #DIY #MagnetBoard

I am so loving this magnet board!  It sits right on my desk, behind my laptop.  It’s where I stick all my important little scraps of paper and reminders so they don’t get lost.

It was so easy to make, anyone can make it, and you can customize the magnet board to any decor!

Here is how I made the DIY Magnet Board.

Materials needed:

  • 12x 12 picture frame (My frame was black, I just gave it a coat of white spray paint.)
  • If you dont have the glass to the frame you could use a 12 x 12 square of thin plywood. (It should be about the thickness of the picture frame glass, which is about 1/8 inch.  I bought mine at Michaels for a couple of bucks. This place sells them individually and Amazon sells them in a pack of 6.)
  • Thin scrapbook paper
  • Magnetic Paint (I used the Krylon spray magnetic paint, but I next time I will try the kind you paint on with a brush.  That way I can get a nice thick layer in just a couple of coats.)
  • Modge Podge or some other type of glue.
  • Magnets  (I used these. They are so tiny and strong!- Don’t waste your time w/ the cheap magnets from the craft store.)


First, coat one side of your wood with a thick coat of magnetic paint and allow to dry the appropriate amount of time according to the directions.  I sprayed mine in a box to help contain the mess.

Apply a thin coat of glue, then apply the scrapbook paper.

Use a flat object to smooth out any air bubbles.  As you can see, I used a very high-tech object.

Turn the paper side face down and weigh down the wood to help the paper dry with no ripples.  (This really works!)

Once dry,  insert the paper covered wood/glass and you are done!

To make the magnets, I just hot glued a magnet to the back of my No Sew Fabric Flowers.  Easy Peasy!  (click the link to get the flower tutorial.)

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  1. So I do have the glass to my picture frame so how should I proceed? I may have overlooked it but I didn’t see instructions for that.

    1. Then you can use the glass instead of using wood. Just paint it with magnetic paint and apply the paper on top.

  2. Great idea! I made mine with a garage sale cookie sheet I cut to fit the frame.

  3. Love this – very fun and easy into the bargain! ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. Love your magnetic board so much I featured it with the Inspired Creations Linky Party features! Stop by to see and grab a featured button while you are there! Thanks for linking up and please come back weekly on Thursdays to link up again!
    Stacey of Embracing Change

  5. I love how easy you made it look! I am in the midst of working on my daughter's room and this would be a nice touch.

    I hope you can stop by and share at the

  6. I've never seen magnetic paint! I love this idea. So personalized and cute!

  7. Fabulous post,
    Thank you for linking your post up! , hope you will stop by today and link up another great post!!

  8. I've seen the magnetic paint before – now I wish I would have bought it so I could copy your idea. I love your cute magnets too! Thanks for sharing at Terrific Tuesdays.

  9. Adorable! This would be great in my kitchen for meal plan or grocery list. Pinning it!

  10. I love this idea and am thinking we're going to create this to keep our words on the week on. Who wouldn't want to look at them and learn them when you get to pin them up with adorable flowers! Can't wait. THANKS!

  11. Ah there those beautiful flowers are again! I love them so! Oh I love this! It would be great if you would share this with our readers for Fun Stuff Fridays.

  12. What a cute idea, I never heard of magnetic paint, You learn something new every day, I guess. Thanks for the tutorial. Kathi

  13. Love the colors you picked! I've been collecting thrift store frames meaning to do something like this and just haven't gotten around to it yet! Yours turned out great, though! I'd love it if you shared it at my party!

  14. Love this idea.. The flowers look so cute.. I am loving your blog and following to keep updated.. ๐Ÿ™‚

  15. I am in love with this magnetic board!! So cute!! Those flowers are so fun! I am a new follower!
    I currently have a link party going and would love for you to share this and anything else you would like!

  16. I absolutely love this! My mother-in-law made a similar one, and I have been dying to try it myself! I would love for you to link this to my party…

  17. Whoa! Now THAT is an awesome Mommy Solution! I would LOVE for you to come share this in my Mommy Club link up

  18. Love this idea – and your blog title as well! Amen to that! I would love to have you stop over to link this up – I am hosting my first linky party today! Please come by!
    Stacey of Embracing Change

  19. I made a very small version one a few years ago, but this one is just darling!! I haven't seen the flower magnet like yours – very cute! I'm now a follower!

  20. What a clever project! turned out soooo cute! Would love for you to link up to our Uncommonly Yours link party! ๐Ÿ˜‰

  21. What a great idea and the flowers look so cute on the board! We loved having you link up to our "Strut Your Stuff Saturday!" We hope to see you back next Saturday with more fun ideas! -The Sisters

  22. Such a good idea. Loved the tutorial. I just connected to you via Google Connect.

  23. This is so beautiful!! I love the way your rosettes look…what a cute style! And great tip with the weights. I always have bubbles…boo! Would be delighted for you to link up with us at Mop it Up Mondays:

    1. Thank you so much for linking up!! I'm featuring this tomorrow at Mop It Up Mondays!! Hope you can stop by! ๐Ÿ™‚

  24. I love your project & want to make one. I have the perfect spot in our kitchen over the desk. Visiting you from blog hop inspire me Monday! I hope you get a chance to drop by. I have link ups as well. Drop your projects in anytime. PS love that high tech tool.

  25. Visiting from I Heart Nap Time's Sunday Scoop ๐Ÿ™‚


  26. REALLY, really REALLY like this board!! And like the box idea for keeping away the mess!! Would LOVE it if you would link this up come Tuesday at my turquoise lovin' party!! ๐Ÿ˜‰

  27. Fabulous idea!!! Thanks for the tutorial. I'm pinning this…

  28. Very Cute! I use a box for my spraypainting too! I call it my personal spraypainting booth!

  29. Wow, that's a cute magnet board! I want one. Thanks so much for sharing

  30. I was just looking at the magnetic spray paint. I almost bought some. I love your project. SO very cute and creative. I wondered which would be better the spray paint or the brushable. Thanks for sharing;) Stay Fashionable! Love,Candy

  31. This is such a cute idea! I love the no sew fabric flowers! So adorable:) I would love you to stop by and link up at my Friday Frolic party!!

  32. Very clever idea and would be so useful by the computer or in the sewing room … thanks for sharing!

    1. Wanda Adams says:

      You are so talented. I am so happy to have found this site.