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DIY Magnet Board and Magnets

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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.)

Instructions:

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.