Monday, February 15, 2010

Magnet Board Tutorial

(Updated: If you would like to see the video tutorial of this same project, click HERE.)

Hello, ladies!

I am a little disappointed about my post today. I worked all day Saturday on creating a video to show you how to make my Ballard Designs inspired magnet board. Then I spent several hours yesterday and this morning trying to upload it, and I couldn’t get it to work! UGH!

I had a lot of fun making the video and was excited to share it with you. However, it’s not going to happen today. If for some reason, I figure out how to make it work, I might post it later.

Here is my inspiration:


I love these magnet boards from Ballard Designs. But they are $39 a piece! I immediately said, “I can make that!” And for a lot less!

So I found a 12x18 sheet of aluminum at Lowe’s for $4.66.

It is a very thin piece of metal, so I decided to “thicken” it up a bit by adding cork board to the back. I had found these squares of cork at Goodwill for 50 cents each. They are about a centimeter thick, and can be purchased at most craft stores, maybe even at Walmart.


Lowe’s had two types of 12x18 sheets of metal. One was more expensive than the one I purchased, so I took a picture of the exact one you want to buy…


Then I cut the cork board into two inch wide strips and hot glued it down the sides of the magnet board. You could cover the entire back of the board with cork, but I was trying to save the cork board I had for other projects.


It will look like this when you are finished gluing the cork down…


Lay the board on the material you want to use. I am using leftover drop cloth material for this one.


Fold the material over the edges and hot glue in down.


Fold over the corners and hot glue them down. Don’t worry if they do not lay down perfectly, it’s on the back and no one will ever see it! :)


Add some ribbon by hot gluing it down in the middle and cutting the ends.


Hot glue your ribbon to the back of the board…


You can leave the back like this, or you can cover the back with material. I cover the back with material for the ones I sell in my Etsy shop because it gives more of a finished look.



To make some custom magnets, I picked up this package of “Spare parts” at Hobby Lobby for half off. ($2.50) The round magnets were two dollars, I think. Then I just hot glued the “spare parts” onto my magnets, and that was it!


They are so cute on my burlap magnet board.

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FYI: If you cover your metal board with burlap, be sure to spray paint the front of the metal with white or off white paint. This keeps the metal from “shinning” through the burlap. (I know this from experience.) :)

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Here is another board I made for my Etsy shop. I’ve been dying to make one with some pink on it. I think these would be so cute in a little girl’s room. I chose a brown material with pink polk-a-dots and a pink ribbon. (The back is covered in the same material.)

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That’s it! These are super easy to do, and I know all you crafty ladies out there could make some fabulous ones. You can use any color of material and ribbon to match your own home decor.

Let me know if you try this!

And if you don’t want to make it yourself, I can make it for you.

They are for sale in my Etsy shop. You can visit it by clicking on the button in my side bar.

If you have any questions, just let me know!

I am sharing this project at

Metamorphosis Monday at Between Naps on the Porch

Make it for Monday at Cottage Instincts

Make your Monday at Twice Remembered

Get Your Craft On at Today’s Creative Blog

DIY day at A Soft Place to Land

Show and Tell at Blue Cricket Design

Transformation Thursday at The Shabby Chic Cottage

Saturday Nite Special at Funky Junk Interiors



  1. I saw these in the new catalog, too, Tracy! I thought they would be great in a home office or to organize kids' school papers. Thanks for the tutorial ~ I may give this a try!

  2. I love your magnet board!!! Thanks for sharing the how-to. I'm excited to make one!

  3. I am going to give the these a try. You did such a nice job. Also, can you please tell me where I can find burlap. I didn't see any at Joanne's. Thanks.

  4. I'm so excited about this tutorial! This is the project I saw that made me start following your blog! I can't wait to make my own!

  5. Thanks for the great tutorial! Your boards are so pretty! Good luck with the video, I know you'll figure it out!! Isn't it awesome how we learn so many great decorating ideas with blogging, but also forcing us to learn I.T. too!!

  6. Too cute Traci...looks like another project to add to my ever growing list of things to do. Thanks for the inspiration and the tutorial.

    BTW, I have linked to your site numerous times for great inspiration. I just love visiting with you. From one Kentucky girl to another, it's been great getting to know you. :)

    Have a blessed day.

  7. What a very cool idea...I will HAVE to try and make one for myself. How sweet! Thank you for the tutorial and pictures. Love it.

  8. Those are so cute! I love the burlap one the best. Thanks for showing us!


  9. Oh so sweet and simple!!

    Thanks for the lesson


    barbara jean

  10. I love that idea! I think I will make one for my office. Can you tell me what dept in Lowes has the sheets of metal? You can save me hours walking around there looking for it LOL

  11. I love what you did with these. They look great!

  12. Wow... those are stinkin' cute!!!! Great job!

  13. These are exactly what I need for my home office (and I didn't even know it :)). Thanks for the tutorial!

  14. That turned out great! I love those boards from Ballards but hate the price tag! I will hve to try one!


  15. Your boards came out amazing! The burlap is my fave. (I'm a sucker for burlap right now.) Thanks for sharing!

  16. It turned out amazing! I love the burlap and the polka dot. It's so fun to do the same project but have completely different looks.

    Thanks for linking to Tip Junkie. My readers are going to LOVE it.!

  17. Great job! I love it! I love burlap, black, and all the things about your magnet boards!

  18. This is awesome! Love that black one!

  19. I am loving this idea! Thank you so much! :) You could sell these!

    Hi, My name is Meme from Screaming Meme...I'd love to invite you to my blog...It is about decorating and my life...:) Hope to see you there!

    I also have a new blog called This Family's Gone Crackers...It is about a "normal" family going insanely GLUTEN FREE! Hilarious! It gives ideas and suggestions on all things GF...

    I hope to see you there...Meme

  20. Look at you knocking off Ballards. LOVES IT...great job!

  21. This is awesome! I will be featuring this project on my blog tomorrow. Pick up a brag button if you would like.

  22. That sucks about the video - but this is a great project!! :)

  23. Really sweet, Traci! I caught your video on this one too. It was so fun to watch! That burlap and black was so made for your home. Gorgeous!

    Thanks for linking up to SNS!
    FJ Donna

  24. Hello! I just found your blog, and I'd like to see your etsy shop, but I'm having some problems with that link. What is your seller name?


  25. Molly, I hope you get etsy listing just expired today! :)
    I renewed my magnet board as soon as I got your comment. It should be up and running now.
    Thanks so much!
    p.s. I don't have all my boards listed yet, but will be adding them soon.

  26. I have been searching for a easy way to cover the board as we are doing this for a craft at girls camp. Yours is the best idea I have found. I can't say thanks enough. AL


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