3.27.2012

DIY Magnet Board

While reading a few blogs like this adorable one and perusing that little website called Pinterest over the past few weeks....I've come across many many magnet boards for kids.  I've wanted to do this for a while but other projects kept getting in the way.  Until 2 weekends ago.  We finally devoted a Saturday to actually getting.it.done.no.matter.what.  So we did!  We - as in Jer (aka as my project sidekick, aka the brains to the projects) and I.
As usual, my goal was to use something that I already had.  I wanted to spend the least amount of money possible.  Remember this project?  Well since we no longer have those up on our walls and since these frames were sitting against our wall in our game room, I decided to use one of them for this project.  It was a perfect size (24x28) to use as a magnet board for our little man.  
We got this sheet metal from Home Depot for $20 (which was a little on the pricey side for us, but it was because of how big our frame was.  If you have a smaller frame, it would be much cheaper).  Jer cut it down to fit the size of our frame.  
He's Careful Carl with is gloves on.  Safety first, peeps.  :)
After taking the frame apart, I threw on some gorilla glue (if you don't have any of this glue, get some!  It's awesome for anything and everything).  I put enough to make the metal stick to the backing (cardboard that came with the frame).
I took some scrabble tiles out of our scrabble game and glued them to some magnets that we also bought from HD for about $3 each for 3 packages.  
Keeping with the trying to spend as least as possible we used some fabric I had in my craft closet.  It's white with a khaki houndstooth design.  Definitely gender neutral.  

We wrapped the fabric around the metal and cardboard and placed the frame around it so it fit tightly.  We didn't hot glue the fabric to the back, but it wouldn't hurt to.  
He thought it was the coolest thing.  Especially when the magnets would stick to each other.  
These are the magnets we ordered from Amazon.com.
Boston is VERY into animals and numbers right now, so it was only appropriate that we get him some for his new board.
This is what the back of the magnets look like.  They hold up great!
We haven't decided where we are going to hang it just yet, but for now, it's gonna sit in his room.  After each of his naps, he wakes up and immediately points to it.

After all of our hard work, we're glad he enjoys it.  :)

Now go on and make yours for your little munchkin/s!  And if you do, I'd love to see them!!  :)



3 comments:

The Smiths said...

What a super cute idea. I will have to keep this in mind for when Jackson is a little older.

Katie said...

That is awesome! My little guy would be entertained for hours... ok, I need to make one!

THE COOK'S said...

Jackson would love one, I'm sure!!! ;)

Thanks, Katie! I agree, you should totally make one, too!! :))

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