Easy Magnetic Holiday Sign

Processed with MoldivHappy holidays, My Crafty Spot readers! With Thanksgiving behind us, now’s the time to break out the Christmas décor. And if you’re in the market to add something new to your decorations this year, I’m here again this month from Just Mom Matters to share another easy and inexpensive idea–a magnetic holiday sign.

Unlike other wooden signs, this one is completely interchangeable. It can be used vertically or horizontally for any word or phrase you can think of, making it easy to use year round. And as usual for the crafts I share, it requires no special skill, tools or artistic talent to make.

Things you’ll need:

* Wood – any kind just so long as it’s long enough to fit your letters horizontally or vertically
* Sandpaper
* Paint or stain
* Polyurethane sealer
* Metal flashing shingles
* Wood glue
* Letters
* Magnet strips

1. Smooth the wooden board by running 120-grit sandpaper over the entire surface, including all edges. Wipe away all sanding dust with a damp rag. I found my board (pre-cut to about 4-feet) at my local home improvement store for around $8 and the 8-inch by 8-inch metal shingles for this project in the roofing section at a cost of 50 cents each.


Shout out to my fellow Longhorns. Hook’em!

2. Lay the metal shingles on the wood to determine spacing and length. Add your letters to make sure there is adequate room, especially if you plan to use the board for other words or sayings that may require more space.


3. Paint your board and letters. I used Rustoleum spray paint in Colonial Red on my letters before lightly brushing them with the same white I used on my wooden board.

board painted


4. Spray a polyurethane sealer on all painted surfaces once they’ve dried. Krylon makes a fantastic quick-drying, non-yellowing, matte sealer, which is what I used.

5. Squirt wood glue on the back of each metal shingle and place on the painted and sealed wooden board. Work one at a time and avoid applying glue too close to the edges as it may ooze out as you press it firmly onto the wood. Use clamps and allow to dry overnight to ensure the metal attaches sufficiently to the wood.

6. Glue magnets to the backs of the painted letters and allow to dry overnight.


Y back
7. Hang the letters on the metal flashing on the board for a one-of-a kind sign that can be changed out depending on the holiday or your mood. I added a temporary Command hook (that I spray painted brown for camouflage) to the center and hung a wreath on it to serve as the “O” in my JOY.

sign and trunk

Happy holidays to your and yours!


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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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  1. Super cute! Really clever idea, thanks for sharing!