DIY Magnetic Organizational Board

Hey there, craft lovers! I’m stopping over from JustMomMatters to share a project that’s not only simple to create, but that will simplify your life–a DIY Magnetic Organizational Board.

Long before my Chicken Wire Display project, I came up with what I thought was a solution to my lack of display space in my kitchen by making my own magnetic board. It was cheap, easy, and quick to create. For years, that little board worked as hard as it could with the small space it had available, but ever since I made the chicken wire display it has pretty much been relieved of its’ duties. It’s still functional and hangs in my kitchen, but now it just holds a couple of cute magnets.

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Since this project was so simple, it immediately came to mind when I was looking for a creative way to organize the art supplies and papers in my one of my son’s rooms. One thing to note though, it’s easier to complete if you have an extra set of hands.

What you’ll need:

Peg board
Saw horses
Spray paint
8″x8″ flashing – available at home improvement stores near the roofing materials
Liquid Nails or your favorite heavy duty adhesive
Buckets or jars
Cable ties
Pliers
Wire snips
Drill
Peg board organizational kit
Scrap wood for shelves
Stain for wood (optional)

Paint your peg board. Lay the peg board on top of two sawhorses, away from anything that may be damaged from the paint overspray. Using long, sweeping motions, spray the entire surface of the peg board with paint. Allow it to dry for a few minutes between coats. It will look uneven and blotchy at first, but will even out with each additional coat of paint. Make sure it’s completely covered and let it dry for a couple of hours before moving on to the next step.

The best spray paint around.

The best spray paint around.

Glue the flashing. Lay the flashing on the newly painted peg board and squeeze enough adhesive to ensure a strong hold. Be careful not to apply adhesive too close to the edges or it may squirt out of the sides. Have a rag on hand for unexpected clean up.

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I brought along a magnet to make sure the metal flashing was magnetic.

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I got too close to the edge on this one and had to wipe up some glue.

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Place something heavy on top of the flashing and let sit overnight or until the glue dries completely.

Drill holes in your buckets. Use a power drill to puncture two holes in each of your buckets. The holes should be approximately the same distance apart on each bucket. I just eyeballed it, but for more precision use a tape measure and permanent marker to mark your spots before you begin drilling. Snip off any jagged pieces of the bucket with wire snips or bend them back until they are flush with the inside of the bucket.

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Attach the buckets to the board. Working from the back of the board, thread a cable tie through one peg board hole, into one hole in the bucket and through the other, then through another peg board hole. Slide it into place and tighten as much as possible by pulling it with pliers to secure the bucket. Snip off any excess cable.

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Add your shelving, arrange your hooks and jars and you’re done. I haven’t attached it to the wall yet since we are in the process of moving, but mounting hardware is included in the peg board hook kit.

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Mary Evett is best known for being a stay-at-home mom of 3 athletic boys and turning thrift shop finds into fashionable DIY projects. She has a degree in advertising from the University of Texas at Austin and spent time in the real world working in advertising and marketing, but she found her niche after becoming a mom and refinishing her first piece of furniture. She writes about her testosterone-driven life on her personal blog JustMomMatters, and is a regular contributor to ModernMom, the Bump, eHow, Examiner, GlobalPost, and SFGate. When she’s not playing the referee or writing, you’ll find her in her garage sanding, painting, cutting, or gluing something together.

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