How to Make a Magnetic Board

DIY magnetic board

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Gather Your Materials

Supplies needed for making a DIY magnetic board
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Who doesn't need a clever way to keep invites and reminders organized? All of those little pieces of paper are really easy to lose if you're not careful. Instead of tucking them away around your room or office, display them on your own DIY magnetic board. You won't believe how easy it is to make. You need hardly any supplies and you don't need to make it more complicated than giving a plain piece of metal sheeting an upgrade. Here is a cool way to transform a simple sheet of galvanized metal into a magnetic board.

Here's what you'll need:

  • Three colors of spray paint
  • Painter's tape
  • A piece of metal sheeting
  • Respirator

Paint It White

Spray painting a metal sheet white
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In a well-ventilated area wearing a respirator, prep the area that you're going to spray paint. Start by wiping down the sheet of metal to make sure there's no dust on it. Cover the surface you'll be spray painting on as well. Spray paint the entire metal sheet white, be especially careful to completely coat the edges and corners. You'll want to let the paint dry completely before proceeding to the next step. It should take about two to three hours.

Apply Painter's Tape

Apply painter's tape
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Place a piece of painter's tape diagonally across the piece of sheet metal. Then using your thumb, press down and run it along the edge of the painter's tape on the side where the second paint color will go. This helps form a nice seal so you'll get a crisp line where you add the mint color. You'll want to use the same technique anytime you're using painter's tape and really want that sharp line where you add another color.

Add the Mint Green

Add mint green paint
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Cover the white space on the metal sheet with a piece of newspaper or any other type of paper and spray on the mint green color. Again, you want to take the same safety precautions as you did with the white paint. Use quick, even bursts of spray paint to completely cover the surface. You'll want to avoid getting the spray can too close to the metal surface otherwise you'll have pools of paint that will create drips. Let this mint coat dry completely before the next step.

Add the Dark Green

Add dark green paint
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Repeat exactly what you did for the mint green but with the dark green. Obviously, you'll want the painter's tape to be marking off a different geometric section but it's the same technique. When you pull the painter's tape off, you'll want to peel it towards you and at an angle. Let this third coat of paint dry completely. It's important to point out that if you're recreating this project on your own with a different color scheme that you always layer the colors from light to dark. The dark paint will cover the light colors more effectively than trying to add a color like white as the topcoat.

While there are many ways to do this type of project, we like that this version is pretty, simple, and doesn't require a ton of materials. And while there are paints that can make a surface magnetic, they can be hard to use and a major pain to mix. This easy version looks cool and works really well!