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 don’t 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 12.)
  • Thin scrapbook paper
  • Magnetic Paint (I used the Krylon spray magnetic paint, but 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. Fabulous post,
    Thank you for linking your post up! , hope you will stop by today and link up another great post!!

  2. 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.

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

  4. 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!

  5. 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.

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

  7. 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!

  8. Love this idea.. The flowers look so cute.. I am loving your blog and following to keep updated.. 🙂

  9. 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!

  10. 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…

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

  12. 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

  13. 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!

  14. What a clever project! turned out soooo cute! Would love for you to link up to our Uncommonly Yours link party! 😉