Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Tool Time Tuesday...Magnetic Board

Happy Tuesday everyone!! Hope you had a wonderful weekend. I had my ladies Christmas dessert party and it was great...so much fun and so much food. Now I have to get some shopping done, I'm so far behind.
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First, I have to share this week's Tool Time. It's from the hardware store again. I really need to get a part time job there!!
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I found this frame in a consignment shop for $10.00. It's a big one 24 x 33. I took out the ugly picture and added this piece of metal and Woo Hoo, I have a great new magnet board for over my desk. See below for the quick steps


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Here is the piece of metal. Don't ask for "Sheet Metal" because that is super expensive...some were $40 a sheet. Go to the metal chimney or roof venting section. The pieces came in 2 sizes. This one was the largest 24" x 36" and they were only $5.00 and $7.00 each.
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Find your frame,


The width of mine fit perfectly,


but the length needed to be cut, so just mark it with a pencil (sorry so blurry)



Draw a line with a pencil and a straight edge.



pencil works the best.




This is soooooo important. PLEASE wear leather gloves when trimming the metal with tin snips. It is so sharp and can cut you very easily. I'm not sure if you brought in the measurements if they would cut it for you at the store...worth a try!!



It does cut smoothly, just hold up the piece you are cutting away on the left. Hold it up as you go.




Put the back on the frame and fold over the wires if you have them. I didn't so I used framing points.




These little triangle thingies.




Just poke them into the frame.



Tap them in,




and it holds everything in tightly.





Here's the frame all done!!!





I glued button to magnets..see the little black button, too cute.



I also glued old sewing machine bobbins to the magnets...even the thread is still on



Here's a little extra tip...how about using a tape measure for a bow, great for a little wreath in your sewing room.





This was a fast project, but so handy to hold up notes, patterns, to do list, pictures, bills, mail, coupons, invitations etc. This would be great any where in your home too. Give it a try!!!
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Have a wonderful Tuesday...see you in the hardware store!!
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~Karen~

39 comments:

  1. That is the cutest, most practical idea ever! I can't wait to try it. Karmen

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  2. I will be redoing my sewing room after the first of the year I may just give this a try!

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  3. How great for a sewing room or a childs room...
    Thanks for the idea...

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  4. Karen, I really, really love this idea!! What a wonderful board!!

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  5. Love the magnet board! And I love all the cute little things you glued to the magnets! :0)

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  6. Thanks for another great tutorial! I'll be keeping my eye out for a frame now. :-)

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  7. Another fabulous and creative idea! And I love how you took it to the next level by such a simple thing as glueing the buttons and bobbins to the magnets.
    Merry Christmas to you too!

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  8. This idea is just so great makes me want to run right out and but everything and make one and love the magnets toooooo cute another job well done!!
    Merry Christmas

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  9. I love this. You need to write a book of all these tips....seriously! (I know...I know...that would be just something else to work into an already-busy schedule!!!)

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  10. good idea... and it reminded me that I had a magnetic/white board stashed in a closet. It is now hanging in my office and I am currently updating the magnets with cute buttons.

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  11. I'm LOVING this one!! Well done, Karen!! Must go blog about it!!
    Paulette

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  12. Another great idea! I think I need to make a trip to the thrift store and see what treasures I can find!

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  13. You are a life saver...you just helped me with my last gift to get ready. Thank you, thank you!

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  14. I absolutely have to make one of these for my sewing room and some for gifts, how cute is this? Love it.
    I have been flipping houses for several years so a hardware store is my best friend. I have retired and am back to my sewing room, who would have guessed I could combine my two loves? Thanks so much for the inspiration!

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  15. Once again you've not only provided a great idea, but given all the information on the "how-to." I would have never known to avoid the sheet metal dept.!

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  16. Two words: AWE Some!!!

    I also love the idea of making magnets out of the bobbins. I'm going to dig through my mom's old sewing box and use hers. Another great way to have a little of my mom near me!

    Merry Christmas!

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  17. Another fabulous idea! And so practical too! This type of thing would be great in a kitchen or office or classroom too.

    MGM

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  18. Great idea --- I can't wait (my ideas are flowing...) Thanks!

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  19. Love the idea--now if I just had some wall space to put one up!!!
    Happy Holidays
    Hugs, Di

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  20. You are too smart!! Smarty Pants! =)
    I love seeing what you will come up with next!
    Thank you soo much for my awesome sewing neckless too! I can tell it's from you because you have "hardware" parts on it. LOL =)
    Melissa

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  21. You are too smart!! Smarty Pants! =)
    I love seeing what you will come up with next!
    Thank you soo much for my awesome sewing neckless too! I can tell it's from you because you have "hardware" parts on it. LOL =)
    Melissa

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  22. Thank you for the amazing idea. You are so thorough and your projects are always so useful. On another note, I'm not sure I thanked you for the I Spy swap and the gift you enclosed. That was so thoughtful and I appreciate all the work you did on the swap. My apologies for the belated thanks. Happy Holidays

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  23. another great idea!
    I wonder if you could paint the metal as well?
    Love the ornament you hung up there, was it easy to make??? how did you cut out that snowflake???
    cute idea for all those tape measurers!!!!!
    I will be looking for them now at the thrift stores!
    Kathie

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  24. Smart again. Did you find a job already, think you should, but may be in a magazine or something to vent your ideas! I have a tape measure which doesn't work properly any more, now I know what to do with it!

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  25. ....YES....there you go being CLEVER again!!....such a great idea
    and fairly cheap and easy!!
    The little tape measure bow is
    w-a-y cute too!!

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  26. You ROCK! This is a great idea and it's perfect for the sewing room. Thanks

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  27. OMG...you won't believe how many frames I have that I could work this project!
    Absolutely fabulous idea once again and it would make a great gift!
    Merry Christmas.

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  28. What a wonderful idea. Love those magnetic buttons and the bobbins, so adorable.

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  29. Its awesome. Love the magnet frames. Would like to have one like that too..

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  30. I have just been so inspired poking around at a few projects on your blog. You have GREAT ideas, thanks for sharing! I think my hubs will want to make one of these for our baby. (2yo) Baby loves magnets but dear doesn't like them cluttering the fridge and dishwasher. I think he will be very happy to make one of these for baby. and yeah, i want one for my sewing room, too.

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  31. I love the button magnets! I think I would spray mount a beautiful piece of fabric to the front of the metal before mounting it in the frame. One layer of fabric should not interfere with the magnets, the hardest part would be choosing which fabric!

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  32. Awesome idea! I'm just getting a new sewing room set-up and I'm thrilled to have found your blog ;o)

    Beth

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  33. I am just so t hankfule that I happened acrosss your site several months ago. You have given me soooooo many ideas to use for all the things I've collected. i love t his idea with the magnets and solo cups. I save the small cups that you get the individual applesauce and other one serving fruits in. The lids from Pringles cans are a bit tolarge, but I have found, in the $1.00 aisle of our grocery store, small cans of peanuts, sunflower seeds, etc. and their lids fit perfect. The label is an off brand, but you might look for them, in the $1.00 aisle. I have been using them for some sewing and crafts supplies. Also if you use Morton's imitation salt, carefully remove the top cap of it and you can cover it with pretty paper, fabric or eve n paint it for storage for pens and pencils. thank you again for all your great project ideas. And again, your cole slaw recipe is wonderful!! Carla

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  34. Did the metal come in a roll? I have looked at my Lowes a couple of times now and I can't seem to find anything other than the expensive sheet metal and the roofing flashing stuff sold by the roll. Love your site, thank you for all the great ideas!

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