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How to Make a Push-Pin Magnetic Board at Home

Posted by Jeff Lee on May 24th 2017

A push-pin magnetic board is a simple DIY project you can do in an afternoon. The finished product makes an attractive, functional message center for anybody in your home.

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Supplies

To construct your magnetic message board, you need the following basic supplies:

  • Flat piece of metal in your desired size. You can recycle an old sheet of metal (it will be completely covered, so it's appearance can be a bit rough and it won't matter) or you can purchase a new sheet from a home improvement store.
  • Frame. While a frame is not technically necessary, it will give your completed board a more finished look. You can use the frame as you find it or you can paint it.
  • Fabric. You will need a piece of fabric that is an inch or two bigger all the way around than your sheet of metal.
  • Piece of thin quilt batting. You can complete the project without the batting, but a thin layer of batting will make your message board look less flat.
  • Rare-earth magnetic board-pins. Neodymium magnets are 10 times stronger than standard magnets. They can hold 16 sheets of 20-lb. paper on a metal face! These great push pins will allow you to securely hang anything you want on your message board.
  • Duct tape. Every good project needs duct tape.

Instructions

  • Cut the batting to the exact size of the metal sheet.
  • Press the fabric smooth. Lay it on a flat surface with the wrong side facing up. Check to make sure the pattern of the fabric is oriented in the correct direction.
  • Center the batting onto the fabric.
  • Place the metal sheet on the batting. You know have a batting sandwich, with fabric on the bottom, batting in the center, and metal on the top.
  • Fold the top edge of the fabric down over the metal and secure to the metal with duct tape, keeping the tape away from the corners. Repeat with the bottom edge, pulling the fabric taut. Repeat again with the sides, again not taping the corners.
  • Carefully miter the corners so they look smooth and crisp on the front. If you are framing the piece, you can be a bit looser, but if you are going to hang the board without a frame, these corners need to look precise.
  • Mount the board into the frame. Depending upon the thickness of the frame, you may need to use a piece of cardboard or foam board as a filler. You can cover the back with butcher paper for a cleaner look.

In just a short amount of time, you can create a beautiful message board to hold any number of treasures.