I have hundreds of photos on my phone but I still prefer looking at actual printed images. My fridge is full of our family memories, plus reminder notes. Those who know me well, know that I am hopelessly forgetful. It’s awful. The fridge is overloaded, paper and magnets spiral around the kitchen everytime someone opens the door. To ease the situation I decided to make a magnet board that I could hang on the wall. I wanted it to compliment the decor and also look good on its own naked so to speak! Here’s what I came up with …
A fabric covered magnet board. All you need is an old frame, fabric, a piece of galvanized metal roofing flashing (I bought mine at Home Depot) tin cutters (or pair of scissors you don’t use anymore)and spray adhesive.
Step 1: Take the frame apart, discard the glass as you won’t need this. Spray paint the frame if its shabby or not the colour you want, and then use the backing board as a template to cut a piece of the metal flashing. It needs to be the same size as the backing, a teeny bit smaller is okay but not any bigger as it needs to fit back inside the frame at the end.
Step 2: Cut a piece of fabric slightly larger than the backing board of the frame. I allowed an overlap of half an inch all the way round. Iron the fabric to make sure it is nice and smooth.
Step 3: Attach the metal sheeting to the front of the backing board using the spray adhesive.
Step 4: Place the fabric right side down and center the backing board metal side down on top. Cut the corners off the fabric so that it is easier to fold over.
Step 5: Fold over the edges and glue down, making sure to pull the fabric tightly.
Step 6: Now place your fabric covered board back into the frame and Voila! A functional frame, that is a piece of art in itself and also a beautiful place to keep your photos and to do lists! Just add magnets.
I forgot to take a photo of the finished one I was making above before it went to its new owner, so here are two I have previously made. The magnets used in this image are also handmade by me, and are available here. They make a great gift for the holidays!