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How to Make a Magnetic Board

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Why Make a Magnetic Board

I have always enjoyed taking photos but, I never printed many because I didn’t know what to do with a physical copy of them. Trying to find a place to put photographs that is not a picture frame or a semi-permanent solution seemed impossible.

So on my phone, camera, and computer, they sat for no one to enjoy. I wanted a solution, a way to display my photos and change them easily. After some research, I decided to make a framed magnetic board.

A large magnetic board would be the best way to display multiple size pictures and change them easily.

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  • Large picture frame (purchased from second-hand store)
  • Galvanized sheet metal
  • Fabric
  • Spray adhesive
  • Offset aviation snips
  • Magnets
  • Pliers
  • Small screwdriver
  • Marker
  • Decorative magnet covers
  • Clear glue (to glue magnets to decorative covers)
Back Frame

Step 1

Take off the back of the picture frame. I have to cut that paper because it is glued down.

When taking apart the frame save the cardboard to reuse. Remove the nails or staples holding the current picture in place. I used a small screwdriver and pliers to complete this task.

Save the cardboard – properly dispose of the glass.

frame apart

Step 2

Use the cardboard or the previous picture from the frame as a guide to trace on the galvanized sheet metal.

Cut metal

Step 3

Follow the line you traced and cutout the steel using offset aviation snips.

glue fabric

Step 4

Spray the steel with the adhesive. Spread the fabric out evenly across the steel and cut off the excess.

Try not to use too much spray adhesive as it will show through the material. However, if you don’t use enough the fabric will not stick properly.

finished frame make a magnetic board

Step 5

Place the fabric covered galvanized steel back into the frame and set the cardboard back into place. Then place the nails or staples back in their holes and, you’re done.

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