Monday, April 5, 2010

Fabric Covered Magnet Board Tutorial

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I found a frame at Goodwill a few months ago, and have been wayyy undecided about how to use it. (I know you are shocked that I found yet another frame to rescue)

It is large, measuring 24x36 inches. A nice size! Best of all, it's black, and in good shape. Why was this at Goodwill? I figured that out after I measured the picture opening. 16.5x23 inches. Not exactly a standard size for a picture :)

I finally decided to make a magnet board out of it. I googled around, and searched a MILLION blogs, and could not find a good tutorial. Go ahead, you try to find a good tutorial for how to do this! The few that I did find were really vague about where to find the metal to make a magnet board.


Supplies Needed

Magnetic sheet metal
Spray on Adhesive
Gorilla Glue
Fabric
Gemstones (to make magnets)
Heavy duty Magnets
Hot Glue Gun



WHERE to find your supplies

Sheet Metal can be found at Lowe's or Home Depot. At my Lowe's, it was near the plumbing section, with the air duct materials. It is called JOIST SHEETING. A 16x36 in sheet was $5.24. In a different section of the store, they had thicker sheets of metal that is called "sheet metal", but it is MUCH more expensive. The same size piece would cost you $25. The picture below is where in Lowe's I found the JOIST SHEETING:


Heavy Duty magnets can also be found at a home improvement store. They are much stronger magnets than the kind you can buy at Walmart or Office Depot. Since I was making a fabric covered magnet board, I needed strong magnets.



The gemstones I used were bought at Hobby Lobby. I love how big and chunky they are. They were in the stained glass/mosaic tile section of the store. ($1.67 for about 15)



The reason I am telling you, dear reader, where to find this stuff is because it took me FOREVER to find it myself! I kept getting sent to the wrong place by salespeople who didn't really know that much :D



Steps to a FAB magnet board

(cut your metal to size if it is too large for your frame. You will need a tool called "Tin Shears" which can be bought at a Home Improvement store. They cost around $8.00)

1. Lay your metal on top of your fabric, and cut your fabric out a little larger than the metal.

2. Spray your sheet metal with spray-on adhesive

3. Lay your fabric on the metal (on the side you sprayed...) and smooth out any wrinkles

4. Flip your sheet metal over, and start spraying the extra fabric on the edges with adhesive. Fold the fabric over the sheet metal.

5. Make sure you pull the fabric tight as you do this, so it looks crisp.
it should look like this when you finish all 4 sides:

6. Glue your fabric-ized metal to your frame. I used sumo glue (pretty much the same thing as gorilla glue).

7. While your frame is drying, make your magnets.

8. Hot glue the magnets to the back of the gemstones.

9. Hang up your magnet board


10. Put on some cuuuute pictures, and you're done!



Here are some "final product" shots
(this frame is in a hall w/out a lot of natural light. forgive the lighting!!)

I'm linking up over at Shanty 2 Chic and Shabby Chic Cottage and Finding Fabulous and Craftaholics Anonymous
and fingerprints on the fridge
and The Shabby Nest 
and Funky Junk Interiors 
and the DIY Showoff 
and Making the World Cuter 
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70 comments:

  1. thanks for being so so specific.. that ROCKS! I hear you on the looking, searching, and being led to the wrong spot. You even included prices... WAY TO GO! lOVE THIS IDEA, I love the fabric, where did you find the fabric at? Great job! Jenn jenglamgirl@gmail.com... "FABRIC"?

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  2. im obsessed with magnet boards! good to know about that joist sheeting---have you seen the magnet board in my kitchen? my sister made it for me--and ive been trying to find the material to make another--its corragated tin---but ive never come across it--i love the dimension of it. you always seem to spot stuff! i think she got it at her craft store (in utah of course :/) but im sure its got to be sold at some hardware place

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  3. you are right, all the tutorials I've seen never explain metal or where to get it, this is great! your magnet board looks awesome :)

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  4. I love this idea. Wish I had wall space to hang one! Great directions.

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  5. oh sarah - i LOVE it!! so so cute!

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  6. Just a quick note to let you know that a link to this post will be placed on CraftCrave today [06 Apr 02:00pm GMT]. Thanks, Maria

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  7. Sooooo what I want to know is where you purchased the waverly essense onyx fabric??? I have curtains and some decorative boxes in this exact fabric, and I want to reupholster a chair with it, but I can only find it online. Where did you find it? it's my fave! Please tell me your secret!

    leggo_my_meg-o@juno.com

    thanks! -meg

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  8. Great job! I din't know where to find sheet metal either, I was contemplating just using a magnetic spray paint- but I was worried about how strong that would actually be. Thanks for sharing all the tips!
    Your magnet board turned out beautifully!

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  9. That turned out great! I love the fabric you used! What a difference in price between the two areas you would find the metal. I'd like to try this myself at some point and I hope I remember to go to the right {cheaper} area of the store!

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  10. Great project and thanks for the lowdown on what/where to pick up the sheet metal! Thanks for linking up to Be Inspired today.

    Chelsea

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  11. I love it! We totally have the same taste! damask is my fav. Great idea putting it over the magnet board!

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  12. Love this! Thanks so much for the great tutorial! And I LOVE the damask!

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  13. This is so cool! If you are interested, I would love you to post this on my Favorite Things Friday party! I love your blog by the way...very cute.

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  14. This is such a fantastic project, thanks for sharing!

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  15. Sarah,
    Thanks for following me on BlogFrog. I've really enjoyed reading your blog and love this frame idea. I can't wait to try it in my new craft room. Thanks for sharing!

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  16. I love this! I would also love to know where you found that fabric! :)

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  17. I love this,
    I'd also like to know where you got that fabric? Or who made it?
    Thanks!

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  18. The fabric is made by Waverly. I bought it at my local Joann's a few months ago. I don't know if they still have it, but I have seen some similar black and white damask prints there!

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  19. thanks so much for your informative post! I have a frame( exactly 16" wide!)that I've been wanting to make a magnetic board out of but wasn't sure where to get the sheet metal.I'm planning to spray mine with chalkboard paint< we'll see how that works out.Found you on FJI, thanks again!

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    1. Hey, you had the exact same idea I want to do. Curious to know how that turned out ~ putting chalkboard paint on sheet metal?? Do magnets still stick? Does the chalk work on the board? Does the chalk come off easy??
      Thanks so much for any help you can offer!!

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    2. yes! chalkboard paint will go over the metal, we've had one for a couple years on the kitchen island we built. When the kids want to clean off the chalk they just use a paper towel or rag. Damp paper towel is used to clean it back to perfect. And all types of magnets are used on it with no problems.

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  20. I've seen this kind of thing for cork boards, but never for magnet boards... very creative!!
    Victoria @ DesignTies

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  21. Completely agree with you on the vagueness! I have been wanting to make a magnet board but had no idea about the sheet metal! Thank you so so much for the specifics!! I love the fabric you chose :)

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  22. I have some sheet metal in my garage - can you say project?

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  23. LOVE IT! I have a stainless fridge, so no where to hang stuff that would usually go on a fridge. I want to make one of these for the kitchen! Thanks for the specific instructions.

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  24. Love it! Thanks for the tip on the joist sheeting. That tip is worth a million!

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  25. Sarah, very fab! thanks for the how-to. Thanks for joining the Craftaholics Anonymous Support Group! I had fun stopping by and checking out your craftiness!
    Linda

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  27. Another great project! I was looking for something neat to make my mom for her birthday in a few days! I think I found it! Thank you for telling (and showing) exactly where you found the sheet metal. I just found your site and I can't wait to explore what other goodies you have made!

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  28. Hi, Sarah! Here's a link to the picture of the magnet board I made for my mom's birthday: http://www.flickr.com/photos/28194344@N07/4861953548/ Your instructions were perfect...right down to finding everything in the store! Thanks again!

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  29. I am seriously impressed Paula! It turned out GREAT! I love that you used a mirror from goodwill for the frame. Very thrifty!

    Sarah

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  30. Thanks for the thorough explaination and where to find things. This is such a great idea and a neat way to repurpose an old frame!

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  31. This tutorial saved my life:) I have been searching for several weeks on how to make a frame we have into a magnet board and I have been sent so many different places as well! Thank you so much! I love your blog!

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  32. Thanks for the instructions. We made one for my mother-in-law for Christmas, and she loved it.

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  33. holy cow thank you for posting this!! I realize it's almost been a year since you did but I've just found your blog recently and I totally have been wondering how to make a magnet board for my son! And you're right I couldnt find a good tutorial! Thanks again!

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  34. Thank You so much for helping me with the Magnet Board!! I have been looking everywhere for help and you just answered all my questions!! I am now following your page! Please come and visit mine! http://cardsbycouture.blogspot.com/ I am new to crafts and would like your feedback on how I am doing! Thanks again!!

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  35. Made one of these last weekend. Love it! Found a cute yellow fabric at Walmart. :)

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  36. I love this! And I love using metal to decorate! I used this same joist sheeting to make a magnet board in my son's room. He has a very industrial look to his room so we simply screwed the sheeting to the wall. Works great!
    I made a calendar and message board for my kitchen with joist sheeting too. I spruced it up with some cute papercraft tags. http://wp.me/pTtW3-73 Another use for your newly discoverd joist sheeting:)!
    Now I just have to find another wall that needs a magnet board! Thanks for sharing.

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  37. I googled how to make a fabric covered magnet board and I found your blog!! I love it! I am so glad I found it today! Thanks for the tutorial!

    ~Jessica
    inspirationthief.blogspot.com

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  38. Great Tute! Thanks for NOT being vague. ;) I really appreciate the details, and your version looks fabulous!

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  39. Thank you for this tutorial! I can't wait to make mine! BTW-I found this via pinterest!!! Just thought ya should know!

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  40. I have a question...What kind of glue would you use to bond a thread crocheted flower to a super magnet? I have created a 'Holiday Wreath' that has dif decorations crocheted for each holiday but am having trouble finding a glue strong enough to bond the super magnets to the crocheted decorations. The weaker magnets would not hold the decorations to the wreath when it is time to change them to a dif holiday...I have tried the glue gun and several kinds of fabric glues??? Thanks,
    Connie at exrea@yahoo.com

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  41. THANKS a million - I have looked high and low for a detailed tutorial - as you stated. I especially appreciate you taking the time to point us in the right direction for the materials - especially the sheet metal! You're a doll! I'm making a magnetic board for my son's teacher and I have to have this done in two days - your tutorial helped me know that it is possible!

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  42. Great tutorial. Thank you for being so specific. It's frustrating to look all over a store for something. I am very excited to try this.

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  43. You are so right about the vauge "tutorials". I searched everywhere. Thank you for your specific instructions. I am excited again about trying this.

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  44. Your explanation is really great and to the point! Thanks - can't wait to try it!

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  45. I am just now finding this tutorial and cant wait to try it.One question,would a lighter weight cotton fabric such as a calico look okay or would the adhedsive "bleed" through? Do I need to use a heavier weight fabric? Thanks!

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  46. Awesome! Thank you. I have magnets for my kids but being limited to the fridge is lame. I wanted to make them a magnet board but didn't know where to find the cheap metal, how to cut it, or how you make the edges safe. Putting it in a frame is genius! Thank you! And I'm going to make one side a felt side for their felt pieces so the whole tutorial is perfect.

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  47. I know this post is a couple years old, but I just found it thru Pinterest and appreciate the great info. Only question... did you have to cut the metal, if so, what did you use? Thanks!

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  48. Love it!! !! Awesome inspiration! A cookie sheet works well too!

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  49. This is gorgeous! I love it. I saw some magnet paint at a craft store the other day--I'm wondering if it might work for this? I might give it a try. Thanks for sharing! Love your blog--I'm a new follower.

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  50. This is exactly what I was looking for! I knew how to do most of it, but knowing the names of the items (joist sheeting) and where to get each piece makes this an awesome tutorial!

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  51. Hi! So I love your tutorial, but I was wondering how much did you pay for your magnets and your spray adhesive? And have you had any problems with it clogging?

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  52. I actually had someone come out a couple weeks ago to give a bid for a checkerboard kitchen floor...so classic!
    onyx mosaic tile

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  53. love this! looking to do this for christmas gifts ... could you hang your fabric covered metal sheet as it is without the frame or would it be too thin and flimsy??

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  54. I love magnet boards. I never get tired of showing off precious memories. Love the fact that you can just change which memory to show off each day.

    Sarah
    MGI Companies Inc.
    http://internationalgiftitems.com/

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  55. This is so cute! I plan on making these for my daughter's 5th grade teachers. Thanks for sharing.

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  56. My husband and I made this for our grandaughter's room. We are very pleased with how it looks.

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  57. I am really glad that I have found this post and I thank you for letting us know about this information….Thanks!

    strong white board magnets

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  58. Great tutorial. Thank you so much for sharing.

    I was thinking of using the naked metal for my boys' room. Are the edges sharp?

    Thanks!

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  59. I'm really interested in this idea, however, I am concerned whether or not the magnets I have will work. I ordered these super cute Jesus' life scene magnets that I thought came with a little magnet board from Oriental Trading and when they arrived I was heartbroken because I was planning these busy bags for church and had ordered them for this weekend. I'm trying to scramble to see if I can pump out 12 of these to glue to the back of the clipboards that the kids will be using for activities in the bags. I'm worried, since these magnets are the same as regular refrigerator magnets you get from a local realtor that they won't work with the fabric and then I would have wasted money and time on a project I can't use. Do you think it would work?

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  60. Thanks for detailing everything specifically with prices, lower cost alternatives and where exactly to find them.

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  61. Thanks for your great idea it will gives fabulous look for home decor and i have quite impressive with it.I have few more collection of fabric with own creativity you can try it also.
    Waverly Fabric

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  62. I think you need a lot of Disc Magnets or any kind of magnet materials. You can buy it online.

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