Monday, July 16, 2012

DIY Magnet Board: Tutorial

YAY!  Finally a Monday Made It!

Okay, so I've seen all these wonderful and cute ideas about using a cookie sheet and drip pans for magnetic boards.  Usually I have my filing cabinet beside my desk so I can throw a bunch of magnets on it and put important things there like our school calendar, etc.  Well, I changed my desk around a little so my filing cabinet wasn't there.  What was I going to do?

I knew I wanted to fill the void space between my computer desk and my diploma frame.  I knew I didn't want a cooke sheet.  I wanted a flat sheet of metal that would attract magnets so I went to the Lowe's website and found them for like $6.  I conned my husband into picking it up for me (he's so sweet).  He was like, "why do you need this agani?"  My response to him usually is don't ask!  So my sweet husband brought it home and even loaded it in my car for me.  Here's the only thing... those edges are sharp.  You could fold them over using needle nose pliers.  I knew it would be in an area where the students couldn't touch it so it didn't bother me.  Here's the beginning {I forgot to take a picture before I started gluing!}  This sheet of metal is used in HVAC work and measures 3 feet by 18 inches.

Disclaimer: please excuse my 'Hot Mess' of a desk.  It's a work in progress ;-)  


Below are the supplies you will need. Glue gun, scissors, ribbon, and of course the metal.

Glue the ribbon down in small increments.  The metal is cool and will dry the glue VERY fast.  I did maybe an inch at a time.  {BTW- please excuse my leg!  ha}

Leave a tad extra on the ends so you can glue it over the edge and make a clean corner.

Glue the edges over. repeat for each edge.

Then, I just hot glued it to the wall.  Isn't it lovely?  It fits perfectly in my small space!

Okay, so this has nothing to do with Monday Made It, but isn't this lamp just lovely??  I just love the glass base.

UPDATE:  Two days before school started, I was standing on my desk to hang something and knocked the lamp over... into a million pieces!!!  :(


What are you waiting for?  Hop on over to 4th Grade Frolics to check out Tara's Monday Made It!

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46 comments:

  1. I love your magnet board! What a great idea. That would make a cool present for some teenage nieces and nephews I know...
    Thanks for sharing! Your blog is really cute.
    ~Andi

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    1. Thank you :-) It would make a fantastic gift!

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  2. Great use for a piece of metal! Looks wonderful above you desk...which is not that messy (I have seen worse)

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  3. That looks cute! I was thinking about covering the back of a bookshelf witrh it to make a magnat center. Thanks for the info.
    I'm your newest follower.


    Kelly @ I'm Not Your Grandpa, I'm Your Teacher

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    1. That would be a great idea. I've seen someone use it as a backsplash for a work station in a craft room.

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  4. That board turned out great! I love quick and simple projects! Thanks for sharing (and the lamp is super adorable)!

    Aimee
    Primarily Speaking

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    1. Love the lamp! This project took about 10 minutes. Super easy & super cheap!!

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  5. This looks great! I tried designing a cookie sheet into a magnet board but didn't like it at all. I like this so much better. Thanks for sharing.

    Krista
    stellar-students

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    1. I haven't tried the cookie sheet, but I wanted something that looked like it belonged there! I think the cookie sheet idea would be great for a literacy center.

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  6. This turned out great. I love that it is flat.

    Thanks for sharing.

    Jill
    Bubbalulu.blogspot.com

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  7. Your magnet board looks awesome!!

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    1. Thanks, Janaye! I can't wait to use it. I'm sure I'll have it filled up before long.

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  8. I love your board! It is awesome! By the way, I am a new follower. I would love to have you visit me and link up on my "Blogs of Inspiration" page.
    Happy Teaching,
    Laura
    TIPS: Teach, Inspire, and Prepare Students

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  9. Did you have to order the metal sheet or is that something they usually have in stock? I need one for my lunch choice area!


    Stephany
    primarypossibilities.blogspot.com

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    1. It's always in stock. It's in the heating & air supplies. I stil can't believe it was only $6. If I were using it around kids, I would put tape or something over the edges because they were pretty sharp.

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  10. Love your magnet board! It looks great!

    Liliris
    Fourth Grade Garden

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  11. I LOVE your magnet board. Great job on it!
    Tracey
    Third Grade All Stars

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  12. This is awesome! Thanks! If you are in a hurry the new fancy ducktape as a border would be quick and easy too! Thanks for sharing! :)

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    1. Yes! I think the tape would be a good idea for decoration and for protecting your fingers from getting sliced!

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  13. I love your magnet board and your lamp both! They look great.
    ~April
    The Idea Backpack
    ideabackpack@gmail.com

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  14. What kind of metal is the sheet? I was looking on the website and I see different ones. Thanks.

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    1. I think this is it
      http://www.homedepot.com/Tools-Hardware-Hardware-Metal-Stock-Sheet/h_d1/N-5yc1vZc27v/R-202183493/h_d2/ProductDisplay?catalogId=10053&langId=-1&storeId=10051

      The one I have is 18" x 36". They come in various sizes. When you go, take a magnet with you just to be sure :-)

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  15. I love the idea! I see a use for my blue polka dot duct tape! Thanks for sharing!

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  16. Very cool! Love the idea! :) Thanks for sharing...

    ~Sara~
    Ramblings of a Deaf Ed Teacher's Mind...

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  17. Oh my goodness, what a great idea for a magnetic board!! It came out great!! :)
    Lisa
    Learning Is Something to Treasure

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  18. That is a great idea! I may use that in my daughter's playroom. Thanks for sharing :)

    Sarah
    Teaching Star Students

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  19. I've been playing around with the idea of making this sort of thing as well. I was looking at the big sheets Lowe's had, and was thinking of riveting them to foam board to hang over my exposed cabinets.
    ~Heather
    http://themeekmoose.blogspot.com

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    1. That would be cool! You will have to let me know how that turns out.

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  20. OK, when I saw the picture of the lamp shade, I was so excited because I really need a new lampshade! But oh well--I also love magnet boards, and that one turned out really cute!

    I am your latest follower. I would love to have you come and visit my blog.

    www.ateacherwithoutaclass.com

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  21. I really like the magnet board! I have been looking for something similar that I can make fit in a smaller space...thanks for the great idea! I might try some of that adorable Ducktape!

    Nichole
    Craft of Teaching

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  22. Love your magnet board!! Super cute! It will come in so handy for the kiddos! That lamp is neat too! Thanks for linking up:))

    4th Grade Frolics

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  23. Great idea. I have seen the oil-drip-pan idea all over pinterest, but stores in my area do not have any big ones. I love the sheet metal idea - just have to decide between the cool ways to cover the edges. Everyone here has such awesome creativity! Thanks, teacher-friends!

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  24. Just found your post looking for this topic! Just TODAY I went to Walmart to look for an oil drip pan to be used in the same way as you...but this looks much better and easier to decorate! Looks terrific...so glad I found this! Thank you for sharing!

    Apple Blossoms

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    1. I think it looks so much better than the oil drip pan!

      Terri

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