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DIY Magnet Board And Craft Magnets Project

Magnets with magnet boards are such a handy little way to display important notes and lists.  I desperately needed something for up at our cabin to hold our ongoing lists of chores or things to bring back up with us.  Previously, I was finding little notes scattered about the kitchen counter.  I happen to hate clutter and would tuck them away to someplace safe.  Someplace safe and forgotten!

I started out thinking about making bottle cap magnets with all of our excess bottle caps.  I had been saving these caps to use for a craft since I love incorporating recycled items into my craft projects.

The thought of using the magnets on the refrigerator didn’t really appeal to me although would have been cute considering the magnets would be made from bottle caps.  I’m kind of a neat freak and like to see a non-cluttered, sleek refrigerator in my kitchen.  I really wanted something more decorative that I could tuck in a corner where it would still be visible yet out of the way.

I had a small black magnet board that I like the size of but it was just kind of blah.  After a little thought, I came up with the idea for the design pictured.  I also wanted to do the magnets in a rustic, earthy theme even though they were being made from bottle caps.  Here is what I did:

Craft Skill Level: moderate

Supplies Needed:

  • patterned construction paper, wrapping paper, newspaper, etc…
  • decoupage
  • soft paint brush
  • small bunch of twigs
  • birch covered wire
  • floral pick
  • small twigs
  • tacky glue
  • hot glue
  • bottle caps
  • craft sand
  • small stones
  • Modge Podge Dimensional Magic
  • medium size round magnets
  • small magnet board
  • birch branches or other branches

DIY Magnet Board Instructions:

  1. I used two different papers for my board for added interest.  First make sure sure the magnet board was clean and dust free and cut your paper to size.  I cut one piece to cover the entire board and another one smaller.
  2. Brush decoupage evenly onto the magnet board.  Now brush some onto the back and front of your paper to be applied.  Press the paper in place.
  3. Brush another coat of decoupage over the entire surface.  If you are using another paper, repeat the steps with that piece.  Allow the paper to dry thoroughly.
  4. While drying, bundle a group of twigs together and wrap with bark covered wire.  Add a floral pick of your choice.
  5. Using hot glue, attach branches along the sides and top of the magnet board to give it a nice border.  I used tacky glue to insert some smaller branches which also helped to hide the hot glue.
  6. Glue your bundle of twigs to the bottom of the magnet board with tacky glue.

craft magnets

Bottle Cap Magnets Instructions:

  1. Fill magnets 3/4 full with Modge Podge Dimensional Magic and let dry at least 24 hours.
  2. Spread glue over top and sprinkle black craft sand over the glue; let dry.
  3. Glue a small stone to the top of the sand and let dry.
  4. Fill the top of the cap, around the stone, with more Modge Podge Dimensional Magic and let dry.

bottle cap magnets

****The Modge Podge Dimensional Magic is a great product for adding gloss and dimension for somewhat shallow surfaces.  It doesn’t work so well for filling an entire bottle cap as it tends to settle with holes.  However, it does work great for a filler if you put something over it like the sand and then another thin layer of Modge Podge.  You don’t have to mix two parts together like you do with a resin.