May 21, 2012

DIY Magnet Board

A long time ago I posted THIS project - the What's Up Weekly Board.  

Then a couple of weeks ago I posted THIS Task Board.  Between the two posts I've had a lot of questions regarding where to find magnet boards.  Well, it's actually crazy easy to make them, so I thought I'd give you a quick how-to today.

1) Find any frame you like and remove everything but the frame.  Spray paint it if needed.

2) Head to a home improvement store.  There are various types of sheet metal in the store, so I always bring a magnet to make sure I'm buying the right one.  (Some won't hold the magnet.)  I found mine in the plumbing section.

It was under $7 for a pretty big sheet of it.

3) Measure the part of the frame that the metal will fit into.  I like to draw the measurement onto the metal with a Sharpie.  My frame was 12"x12".

4) Cut it with tin snips.  Be careful.  Those puppies will cut through anything,

5) Slide it into your frame. 

If you need it to fit more snuggly just cut cardboard to back it.

Now you have a custom magnet board for a really low cost.

I switched our task board to this smaller one because the huge one didn't really fit anywhere.  This little board has helped out a lot.

I haven't had one fit from Rex about going to the bathroom in the morning.  He understands that he has to do his tasks before he can have any sort of screen time and this just really clicked with him.  Baden is still a little young to fully grasp the concept of the board, but he'll grow into it.

And the basic daily tasks associated with the pictures (because someone asked) are:
t-shirt = getting dressed
toothbrush = brush your teeth
bat sign = pick up toys
smiley face = do something nice for someone
book = read a book
toilet = go potty, obviously :)

Tomorrow I'm going to show you where I put the board and the little wall I created for them.  See you then.  Thanks for reading.


The Miller Five said...

I think I am going to make one of these for my girls. They are constantly "forgetting" to do their chores!

~ko said...

Love that sheet metal! I also paint it with chalkboard paint so it can do double duty! Have a great Monday :)

Selena said...

This is a great post and PERFECT timing! I am getting ready to do this... My question is... My husband and I are remodeling our new home. The custom cabinet builders built two cabinet doors incorrectly, and they are our's to keep. He said to me, "if you're real crafty, you can do something cool with these!" Ha! This came to mind... I would love to place a piece of sheet metal onto the "inside/recessed" area of the door. Can sheet metal be glued? If so, do you have any recommendations? Or other suggestions?

My frig is Stainless Steel meaning no magnets, so I'd like to hang these with ribbon in my pantry for notes from school, art work, etc.

Thanks so much!!! You have no idea how excited I was to see your post. :)

Have a great day!

iammommahearmeroar said...


I have never glued sheet metal but I would think it would totally be possible. Maybe try that E6000 industrial strength adhesive? You could make a template out of paper to get the right size and then trace it onto the sheet metal. Sounds like a fun project! Good luck!


Eli & Ellie said...

I am linking this to my Tutorial Tuesday post tomorrow. Such a great idea! I'd love to make one for my daughter and her nap times as a reward for being quite. :) Thanks for the idea!

Christina Marie said...

I want to use some sheet metal to make a magnet board for my son's bedroom, for all his letters and such! Thanks for the inspiration!

Anne said...

Liquid Nails would probably do the trick too!


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