Making Magnetic Bulletin Boards

Magnetic bulletin boards are a great way of organizing photos, to-do notes, calendars and other stuff important for your home or work. Making your own magnetic bulletin board is easy-to-do, and can be personalized to fit any room or workspace. Here is how you can easily make a magnetic bulletin board and keep information that matters to you in one place.

Tools and Materials Needed:

  • Picture frame
  • Galvanized sheet metal, cut to fit the frame
  • Household cleaning spray
  • Spray or brush on primer
  • Spray or brush on acrylic paint, in light or pastel colors
  • Glaze
  • Hammer or Drill
  • Nails
  • Sawtooth hanger
  • Screws
  • Magnets

Step 1 – Choose a Picture Frame

Choose a picture frame, depending upon the place where you’d be putting up the bulletin board. If it is going to be in the kitchen or family room, you can choose a color that matches the décor and is easy to clean and maintain. An office bulletin board will look good in a neutral colored frame with simple, straight lines. Have a professional cut the sheet metal to fit inside the frame. Also, keep the size in mind. Large bulletin boards can easily get cluttered and untidy, while too small a board will not have enough space.

Step 2 - Paint the Sheet Metal

Use the household cleaning spray to clean the sheet metal to remove any traces of oil or dirt. Use the spray or brush-on primer, to add a protective coating to the metal. Wait for it to dry. Next, add a coat of acrylic paint to add some color to the metal. Wait for it to dry, before glazing the metal to add a glossy sheen to the prepared bulletin board.

Step 3 – Fit the Metal into the Frame

Place the metal sheet into the frame and ensure that it fits securely. The sheet metal, cut to size, should fit nicely within the grooves of the frame, on all four sides.

Step 4 – Hang the Magnetic Bulletin Board

Hammer or drill the nails into the wall where you want to put up the bulletin board. If the frame does not have a hanger at the back, use the screws to add a sawtooth hanger at the back towards the top of the frame. Check that the hanger is positioned in the center, or else your board will be lopsided. Hang the bulletin board, and check that it is secure and will not slip and crash to the floor.

Step 5 – Add Magnets and Memorabilia

Finally, add your magnets and use them to hold notes, memos and photos.

A bulletin board helps to keep track of appointments, bill due dates, and schedules. You can also use it to display family photos, kiddie craft projects or recipes that you want to try out. In fact, the magnetic bulletin board can serve as a central area for everyone to keep track of what the others are doing. So, go ahead and create a simple yet practical way to stay organized, either at work or at home.