Updated: Aug 2, 2021
The thing that I love about a magnetic board is that I can quickly hang up photos, wedding invitations or reminders. The problem is that it is hard to find cute magnetic boards. So I got to work and made a few of my own boards and I LOVED how they turned out. Below are step by step directions with photos plus a video tutorial on how to make your own magnetic board.
I started this project by first finding a frame and fabric that I would like to use to cover the magnetic metal sheet. When picking out fabric consider thickness of the fabric and design. You want to avoid thick fabrics like vinyl. Patterns are fine on fabric but it can make it more difficult to line the fabric up so that it is straight. The frames and fabric that I used in these photos are from Hobby Lobby. They have a great selection. I then purchased the magnetic sheet metal from Home Depot.
Measure the frame hole and take about 1/8 of an inch off of the top and one of the sides. You do this so that after it is cut and the fabric is glued onto the metal it will still fit into the frame. I used a marker to trace the rectangle onto a magnetic sheet of metal.
Cut the metal. I used a jigsaw to cut the metal but you can also use circular saw or even handheld sheet metal snips if it is a thinner gauge of metal. If you go the handheld snips route, wear gloves to protect yourself from sharp edges. File the edges to make sure there is nothing sharp.
The next step is to glue the fabric to the magnetic sheet metal. Before you start glueing make sure you iron the fabric so that there are no wrinkles. For the glue I used Elmer’s Craft Bond and boy is it strong! You will want to lay something underneath where you spray so that you don’t get it over everything. We put a cheap plastic table cloth down to make sure the spray did not get on anything else. Start by shaking the glue and then spray an even coat across the entire piece of metal. Lay the fabric so that the side you want to show is against the table and place the metal covered in glue in the center of it. Press down on the metal to make sure it adheres to the fabric. Now you want to fold the excess fabric that is hanging over the metal and glue it to the back. Start by glueing the corners down and then move on to the sides.
♥ Tip: Move fast! Once you start glueing you do not want it to dry before you adhere the fabric to the sheet metal.
Place the magnetic board covered in fabric into the frame and then the wood backing on top it. You are done!