DIY mini framed magnetic board

Mini framed magnetic board, photo

What can I make with an old picture frame that’s missing glass, a free fabric sample from FabMo, and an 8- x 10-inch LoRan magnet board that my friend Chris gave me? Another friend, Kristi, had an idea: a mini magnetic board.

If you add a few more magnetic boards, frames, and coordinating fabrics, you could hang a whole collection of magnetic frames on the wall. They’re perfect for school photos, business cards, or other small ephemera. And you can easily swap out the fabric to fit the season.

Supplies to make the magnet board, before photo

How to make a magnetic picture frame

  • 8- x 10-inch picture frame

  • fabric scrap (at least 8 x 10 inches)

  • tape

  • primer

  • paint (I used Benjamin Moore Aura in Steam [AF-15] in satin finish)

  • small & medium paintbrush

  • newspaper or drop cloth

  • rare-earth magnets or mini magnets (affiliate link)

Priming the picture frame, photo

1. Paint two coats of primer. Let dry. Apply one coat of paint.

Painting the picture frame, photo

2. Use a small dry paintbrush to brush away the excess paint that pools among the ornate surfaces of the frame, then let dry. Apply a second coat of paint and repeat with the dry paintbrush. If you’re not hanging the frame on the wall, it’s a good idea to paint the back side as well.

Tape the fabric onto the board, photo

4. Iron your fabric piece. Then tightly wrap the fabric around the magnet board and tape in place.

Mini framed magnetic board, photo

5. Insert the fabric-covered magnet board into the frame, then insert the easel back. Add magnet, photos, etc.

Crafty Nest mini framed magnetic board Pinterest image

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