INSIDE: How to make a kids wall-mounted magnetic board from decorative metal tray using paint and fabric. DIY kids bedroom decor.
I have three young kids so I naturally have the number 3 floating around in my brain at all times. So when I stumbled upon three metal trays in the clearance section, I knew it was a sign from the decor gods. I awkwardly loaded these over-sized decorative trays, reduced to $5 each, into my cart and hauled them home.
The odds of finding three identical trays in a discount home goods store is always a long shot so I relished my decorating karma by hauling out paint, fabric and hot glue gun. Because these metal trays would quickly become brag zones for my kids to display artwork, certificates, ribbons, photos and whatever else kids under age 10 find important enough to hang up for all to see!
From their lonely perch on a clearance shelf to functional decor, here’s how a decorative metal tray can be transformed into a wall-mounted magnet board…
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How to Make Magnet Board from a $5 Metal Tray
diy easy wall magnet board with paint and fabric
I painted the inside and outside rim of the metal tray with several coats of latex paint. (You could just as easily do this with spray paint.) I did not paint the base of the tray since I was going to cover it up with fabric.
Use the base of the tray to make a template out of grocery bags or printer paper. Use this template to cut out fabric to then hot glue onto the base of the metal tray.
Once the fabric is on, glue on some ribbon or trim to cover up the fabric’s raw edges. Don’t have a hot glue gun? Do all this with fabric glue instead.
diy wall mounted magnet board for kids rooms
I tried a variety of ways to hang these metal trays onto the wall, including using Command Strips.
After much trial-n-error (and a very loud crash in the middle of the night), I had my trusty handyman (aka: husband) drill a couple of holes at the top of the tray. We strung some picture hanging wire between two screws and hung it up like you would a frame on the wall…
…Or in this case, a super handy way to display kids constantly revolving artwork, ribbons, notes and all those other oh-so important items to a little kid!
easy diy magnet board to organize kids artwork
What are your tricks for organizing kids artwork, or even displaying your bits of papers, photos and reminders?
Remember I said I work in three’s? Here’s my daughter’s magnet board version! (She cleaned hers off for this photo, LOL! It’s typically littered with her important keepsakes.)
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