DIY Magnetic Board

By: Lolly Jane from
DIY Magnetic Board
DIY Magnetic Board
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DIY magnetic boards are great for keeping your calendar and important notes organized in your home. This easy magnetic board project re-purposes an old picture frame into a way to keep your life in order. This DIY magnetic memo board can be fashioned with a few materials making a cost-effective project. You can fashion these boards for your kids as well to keep track of permission forms, lunch money, and schedules. By creating your own magnets, you can also add personality and style to your magnetic message board.

Estimated CostUnder $10

Time to CompleteIn an evening

Primary TechniqueRepurposing


Project TypeMake a Project

Materials List

  • Amplify® Mixed Media Shears (10")
  • Paper
  • Old frame
  • Magnetic primer
  • Brush
  • Magnets


  1. To begin, take an old framed print. Remove the print from the frame and add a few coats (the more coats applied, the stronger the magnetic pull) directly on the frame backer. You can cover the magnetic primer with a latex paint or keep it black.

  2. Either paint the frame or leave the color as is, before putting the frame back together and hanging it up.

  3. Creating new magnets for your board is easy. Cover existing refrigerator magnets in patterned scrapbook paper and spray paint plastic animals in a metallic gold shade. The Amplify Mixed Media Shears are great for cutting precise shapes for the letters and animals. These shears are also great for cutting through thicker materials, like multiple layers of scrapbook paper.

  4. Place the magnets on the board and hang up artwork, notes or reminders.

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