DIY Magnet Board

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When we first moved into our house, we didn’t realize our stainless steel appliances were not magnetic (I KNEW I should have brought that magnet with us 🙂 ). After a while it started to be somewhat of a problem. Particularly, when we needed to post a reminder. Space is at a premium at our place so off hubby went to good ol’ Google to find some answers.

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On his quest, he found this cute set at Pottery Barn but we didn’t feel it was worth the $179 price tag. Next up, he discovered a neat blog where the author special ordered a huge piece of sheet metal. Once that arrived, she used construction adhesive to glue it to her wall and then framed it in. While it looked gorgeous, I wasn’t sure I wanted to wreck my walls with the adhesive or dedicate that much space to it so we sat down to brainstorm a few different ideas based off of those two.

After some research we decided to do what she did but make it a little more user-friendly. We found that if you’re looking on a smaller scale, Home Depot sells various sizes of galvanized steel (what you need for it to be magnetic) in the Venting Section of the store. You can also find a good number of sizes on Amazon for decent prices.


Now I’ve made two of these so far – one for the kitchen (sheet metal from Home Depot) and one for my workspace (sheet metal from Amazon). No idea why, but I didn’t take pictures the first time around so all pictures in this tutorial are from my 12″x24″ workspace project.

Anywho, it’s a very simple project, won’t’ destroy your walls if you opt to use 3M picture hanging strips like I did, and looks great in any space…


DIY Magnet Board

What You’ll Need:

What to Do:

  1. Remove plastic protector from metal (if it has it) and remove plexiglass/glass and backing from frame. Set aside.
  2. Place the sheet metal, plexiglass (for added stability…unless you have something else you want to use it for), and cardboard backing in the frame and bend the tabs back into place.

  3. Use the hot glue gun to “seal” the edges. This ensures the metal is held firmly in place…unfortunately, I figured this one out the hard way. I accidentally pushed on the metal when I was hanging it and the corner popped out the back of the frame. Of course, that wouldn’t do with a toddler running around…they’re amazingly good at finding things they shouldn’t. So, I sealed it with hot glue and haven’t had any problems since.

  4. All done! You can hang it using regular hanging picture hanging hardware but I just opted for the 3M picture hanging strips. I did, however, double the number of strips on the large 24″x36″ one just to be sure.

P.S. You can find tons of magnet board accessories at The Container Store or Amazon!