DIY Magnetic Fabric Memo Boards

Last weekend, Hannah and I created magnetic memo boards to coordinate with her new room.  They were really quick, simple, and inexpensive to make.  They're going to be great for displaying her important papers and photos. Not to mention they bring softness and color to the desk area. 

 Instead of making one large board, we chose to make four separate boards to hang in a group over the desk.  Here is how we did it...
3/4" plywood cut into four 20" squares
one roll of tin flashing
tin snips
1/2" screws
power drill
wall hangers and drywall anchors
grosgrain ribbon
Staple gun
craft flowers
craft glue
craft magnets

The first step was getting 3/4" plywood cut to the correct size.  
The nice guys at Home Depot were happy to do this for me.  I asked them to cut a sheet of plywood into four 20"squares.  

Using my power drill, I attached two metal hangers on the back of each square.  

I covered the front of the squares with tin flashing using 1/2 inch screws and a power drill.  
The tin flashing came in a roll.   Using tin snips {and wearing canvas work gloves} I carefully cut the tin to cover the 20" inch square piece of plywood.   After screwing it into place, I lightly tapped the sharp edges with a hammer for a smooth, safe, edge.  
This is the point in the project where I enlisted Hannah to help.  

We used a cotton drape from the same collection as her bedding {Potterybarn Teen} to cover the boards.  We cut the drape into four 26" squares.  This gave us enough fabric to wrap around each of the boards and secure on the back with a staple gun.  

For added interest, we ran a stripe of 2" grosgrain ribbon {Walmart} along the edge of each board attached on the back with a staple.  

Using dry wall anchors {where the stud was absent} we mounted the boards on the wall over her desk.

We used a semi-thick fabric to cover the tin, so we needed to use extra strong magnets
found at Office Max. 

To amp up the prettiness, we made flower magnets by gluing plain round magnets {Office Max} to the back of craft flowers {Walmart}.  

Now it just needs her personalization...artwork, awards, ribbons, postcards, photos and other things that are important to her. 

{Awe, thanks Hannah.  That's so sweet.}

This was a really fun project to work on together.  

Having a hands on roll in the design process was exciting for her.  
And a big help to me.  

Thanks for stopping by.



  1. Great project! Some of the pictures didn't load for me, but the finished product is amazing. Thanks for sharing!

  2. This looks great! What a fun project to do with your daughter. Everyone always says the people at the home supply store will cut your stuff for you but every time I've inquired about it they always say they don't...what gives? Maybe I'll be more persistant because I really want to make something similiar for my office. Thanks for sharing!

  3. Love it! I want to make something similiar for my office...thanks for sharing. Everytime I ask the people at home supply stores to cut anything they always say they can't/won't/don't....I think I'll be a bit more persistant.

  4. Same here, several of the pics aren't there. Great idea though! :)

  5. I love this how fun! Love the color and your daughter is darling!


  6. I'm sitting here making my own magnets and of course this will be the finishing touch! So cute. I agree with Tammy with trying to get help at Home Depot though. Maybe I'll get lucky this time!!!

    Great job.

  7. This is really cute and I can see myself doing this project to display my kids artwork!

  8. Love this project and would to try it to display my kids' artwork!

  9. Your boards came out so pretty! I was considering asking my hubby to help, but I think I'll play up the "damsel in distress" role and get the guys at Home Depot to cut it for me too! :) Thank you so much for sharing! Your daughter is beautiful by the way. :)

  10. I'm not sure if I have the artisic ability to make these. Would you consider making and selling these in the same color and ribbon? They would match both of my offices perfectly. If you made them I would buy at least 2 from you and depending on the price, I would buy 6. I would really love to put 2 at work and 4 together at my home office. You are very creative & I would absolutely love to own some of these gorgeous Memo Boards! Thanks.
    Holly :)


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