DIY fabric colored magnetic board


I don’t know about your house, but sometimes my kitchen gets filled with tons of shopping lists, coupons and receipts floating around. All the accumulated clutter was just enough to drive me insane till I came up with this easy, accessible, and cute way to create your own DIY fabric colored magnetic board. This is a great way to keep all those papers organized in one compartment, especially if you don’t have much space to use in your kitchen.

What you’ll need:

  • Large frame
  • Magnetic metal (available at craft stores)
  • Silver metallic spray paint
  • Decorative radiator covering (not magnetic)
  • Piece of cardboard
  • Decorative paper
  • Fabric
  • Scissors or heavy duty tin snips (for cutting metal)

What to do:

  1. Select a frame of your liking. Keep in mind that functional organizational boards are typically larger in size.
  2. Before getting started, use your cardboard as a template to draw out how large each piece of metal needs to be. This will give you a better idea on how or where to place the metal in accord to the frame.
  3. Once you’ve gotten everything cut up, you can start painting the magnetic metal for a more decorative touch. I used silver metallic spray paint for the metal backing because I found that it works really well on metal and wanted it to be as durable as possible, especially if it’s going to be put to good use!
  4. Put your pieces of the frame together and add all other embellishments to your liking. The decorative radiator covering will be used for a decorating purposes only. This piece should not be magnetic and should be placed first into the frame, followed by the magnetic board. Or, if you do decide to go the fabric colored magnetic board route, you can insert the fabric covering over the metal instead of the radiator covering. Either will work just as efficient.
  5. If you’re looking to divide your magnetic organizational board into different sections, add a few small wooden plaques with decorative paper and vinyl labels to the board. Adhere by using picture hanging strips which will help keep the wooden plaques in place.

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How to build a planter box

For the home gardener, having a prime place to plant their flowers and other vegetation is an important initial step if they want to be successful in their efforts. Instead of buying a prefabricated planter box, make your own with this simple guide, allowing you to create a customize box that will fit perfectly in your garden area.

Materials:

–          Four 4x2x6 ft. pieces of wood

–          Common nails

–          Weed barrier

–          Potting soil

–          Hammer

–          Trowel

–          Retractable  tape measure

Step by Step Guide:

1. First, lay out the four pieces of wood and create the right sized box for your garden. Use the retractable tape measure to ensure all side are even.

2. Using the nails, hammer 3 to 4 nails into the end pieces to connect the wood together to form a box. Make sure they are securely nailed in.

3. With the trowel, form an outline in the ground so that the box can rest snuggling into the ground.

4. Fill the planter box first with a weed barrier and lay the potting soil in until the box is full.

Now that all the hard work is done, it is time to head back to the store and piece you’re your favorite plants to grow in your little garden. Creating a great foundation is the first step, so getting your flowers to grow should be a breeze.

DIY literature organizer

Literature organizers are a great addition to any office or work space. A literature organizer 12 slot box may be a little excessive for those who work in a small business or from home, so this guide is a design for a smaller, more compact organizer. Here’s how to do it:

List of materials:

–          Wood stain

–          Paint brush

–          Twenty-eight ½” wood screws

–          Power drill

–          Two 12”x10” wood boards

–          Three 12”x10” wood boards

–          One 10”x 6” wood board

How to build it:

1. Prep the wood by sanding out the surfaces and wiping them down.

2. Paint wood with coat of wood stain to ensure durability.

3. Attach two 12”x10” wood boards and two 12”x6” wood boards to create a box frame. Use four ½” screws to attach each board together and add a 6”x10” board as the backing.

4. Slide in one 10”x12” wood board into middle of the frame, creating a shelf. From the outside, secure the board with four ½” screws.

Now that you are finished, you can fill it up with 4 x 6 envelopes and letters to your desire. Be sure to put it in a space that is easily accessible set as on the corner of your desk or on the edge.

How to scrapbook a cover for your journal

 

You can make a personalized and fun journal with the help of different types of paper. You can embellish the journal as much as you want to make it look great. Hand-made journals make fantastic presents for people who love writing, doodling and making lists to stay organized. Here are some things you will need to make a stunning journal.

  1. A flat surface
  2. A scrapbook album
  3. One yard of fabric
  4. Two pretty sheets of scrapbook paper that matches with the selected fabric
  5. An acid-free spray adhesive
  6. Iron and ironing board
  7. Fabric pencil
  8. Ruler
  9. Measuring tape
  10. Pinking shears

Please follow these steps to make your journal cover.

  • Measure your existing album

Remove all the pages from your existing album and spread it out on a flat surface. Jot down its height and length and add about two inches to each measurement.

  • Make your fabric flat

Iron your fabric and make it is flawlessly flat. Afterwards, spread it out on a flat working surface and mark the measurements with a fabric pencil. Use a ruler to draw straight lines for cutting.

  • Pink the straight edges

Pink the straight edges of the fabric and give it a neat appearance. Afterwards, spread the fabric with its right side down on the flat surface and in a well-ventilated area. Now spray the adhesive on the fabric.

  • Neaten up the spine

Apply the fabric on the spine of your album. Press firmly and make sure you leave no bubbles behind. Afterwards, turn the album over and fold each corner in. Press firmly and then fold in the sides neatly.

  • Trim the scrapbook paper

Use pinking shears and trim the scrapbook paper. See the inside cover of the scrapbook and make sure the paper overlaps the raw edges of fabric. Now spray adhesive on the scrapbook paper’s wrong side and apply it to the inside covers. Let your album dry and then replace its pages. You can use the brown Kraft paper envelopes as a different form of paper. You can create lots of layers using this paper. Use recycled cards and envelopes of Brown Kraft to make environment friendly albums.

  • Decorate the album

Use beads, gems, ribbons, stamps, stickers, pearls etc. to decorate the album’s cover. You can also decorate the first page of the album.

 

No Sew Throw Pillow Case

Do you have any old sheets in your linen closet, that you don’t use anymore? Are you tired of them cluttering up your closet? Why not use them to create a fun and decorative craft? Get out your oldest, softest sheets and convert them into pillow cases. Why waste something that can be up-cycled so easily? The best part is that there is no hassle of using a sewing machine too! That’s what I did, using the following steps: 

  • Measure the standard pillow case that you use in your house. It will give you an estimation of fabric which you will need. Remember to take in some extra fabric in mind such that the seams are also included. If it is a huge bed sheet then I would not worry much about wasting fabric too!
  • I always feel smaller fabric works out to be easier to work with so I cut out rectangle shapes as per the size of the pillow case.
  • Ironing the material would help you to get exact measurements. Maybe you could use a rotary cutter to cut the material out as per the precise size you need. You could pin the edges together, possibly leaving around three fourth of an inch from the edges.
  • Use a thread and needle along with the back stitch and sew up three of the four sides. In fact a friend of mine actually used a no-sew fabric glue since she was miserable at sewing.
  • The last step would involve turning the fabric inside out and put the pillow in it. The ‘unhemmed’ edge can be sewn up or stuck in accordance to the other sides.

There you are… This is how I effectively used the old sheet and got a pillowcase which I actually used for years! I also tried my hand at dyeing the fabric to play around and create  large throw pillows for a decorative look!