Use simple items from the hardware store to make a magnetic memo board. Use it for inspiration and as a message center!
Hi it’s David from Cheltenham Road.
As I mentioned in my last project, I’m on a bit of a “Use What You’ve Got” kick. I’m trying make use of all those random bits of stuff left over from years and years of project making.
But, of course, the trick is not to just use them up but to make something useful – and with my busy Etsy shop one of my summer goals is to Get Organized!
Pinterest has been a life-saver for the virtual side of getting organized and remembering project ideas (and you can follow me on Pinterest if you’re so inclined), but sometimes I have an actual, tangible, THING that needs to be stuck somewhere to remind or inspire me.
And hence my magnetic memo board was born.
It was very simple to make and came together fast (the two things I look for in a project!)
Make a Magnetic Memo Board
I started out with these items:
- A piece of MDF (medium density fiberboard) cut to 14.5 x 18.5
- Four strips of lattice molding (sometimes called “craft wood”) for the frame
- Decorative paper
- A piece of metal flashing (from the roofing department at Home Depot)
- E-6000 glue
- Matte Mod Podge
- White paint
- Hand saw or chop saw
- Tin snips or sheers
- Screws and drill (optional)
As I mentioned I was using what was on hand for me but for this project the “ingredients” can be almost anything – pallet wood, plywood, an old picture frame etc etc.
Using a handsaw I cut the lattice molding down to two strips measuring 18.5 and two strips measuring 11.5 to make the frame.
I cut my decorative paper down into 1.5″ wide strips and Mod Podged it onto the lattice molding.
The idea is to “sandwich” the metal between he MDF and the frame so while the Mod Podged frame dried I cut the flashing down to a 12.16 rectangle.
After marking where it would go on the MDF backer board I stuck it in place with a goodly amount of E-6000 glue (to make sure of a good bond I then weighted it down with heavy books while it dried).
Once the Mod Podged framing strips were dry I did a quick coat of white paint on the edges and glued them in place so the frame juuust overlaps the metal to create that “sandwich” effect.
I turned again to my trusty heavy books (where would I be without heavy books?) to weigh the whole thing down and make a tight seal.
After letting the glue dry overnight a quick coat of Mod Podge sealed the frame for durability.
A hanger on the back and BAM! Real world Pinterest.
What’s great for me is that it’s magnetic but it also works as a dry erase board.
Notes and Thoughts on my Magnetic Memo Board:
- Follow the directions on the E-6000 glue closely to get a really strong bond.
- I’ve found that the glue makes a good, solid connection but for a little extra insurance you could use screws (screwing from the back side) to lock the frame in place.
- The metal flashing comes in larger sheets so you’ll have a good amount leftover to make other boards if you wish.
- For a magnetic chalk board you can spray the metal (before you attach it) with chalkboard paint.
So now I’m totally together and totally organized. OK, maybe not totally but I’m much closer! I’ll keep you posted. And, as always, if you have any questions I’ll monitor the comments section and get back to you as quickly as possible. Thanks!