DIY Magnetic Message Board

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DIY Magnetic Message Board Tutorial


Taking notes and writing down reminders is certainly a good way to get organized. But it’s no good if all you have scraps of paper floating around the house. Here’s a solution to keep your notes and family announcements organized and easy to see. It’s a simple DIY magnetic message board you can make with just a few simple materials.

Hang it in an high traffic area, like the garage or kitchen, so you’ll always be reminded of what you need to remember. It’s fun to make, too. Just follow these step-by-step instructions.


Materials Needed for DIY Magnetic Message Board


Materials for the DIY Magnetic Message Board:

Total cost: About $50 (not including the optional MDF backer board)


Cutting the moulding for DIY magnetic message board project


Step 1

First, cut your moulding pieces down to size.

I wanted my moulding pieces to fit together at 45-degree angles, the way a picture frame would. A miter saw is the tool for this job, allowing for smooth, angled cuts. I used my father-in-law’s table saw to make the cuts (you see his hand in the photo above), but a simple miter box and hand saw would do the trick, too.

I cut the moulding down based on the 12-inch x 12-inch size of the steel sheet.

You’ll want the moulding to extend just a bit beyond the edge of the the steel. Do to that, I cut the moulding at 12 ¼ inches at the inside, short end of the the 45-degree angle, and 12 ¾ inches at the outside, long end of the angle.


Staining the moulding for DIY magnetic message board project


Step 2

Next, I simply stained the cut moulding pieces in a nice black Varathane stain.


Gluing the magnets for DIY magnetic message board project


Step 3

While waiting for the stain to dry, I glued magnets to the ends of my drawer pulls. I really liked the contrast of the black stain and the natural wood drawer pulls, so I decided not to stain them.


Attaching mouilding to DIY magnetic message board


Step 4

Next, glue the frame pieces to your steel board. Be sure to glue the corners really well!


Gluing moulding in DIY magnetic message board project


I love the final look of this easy DIY project. The black rope wood and the natural wood magnets in varied sizes look great together, and the potential to never again forget my grocery list is really exciting!


DIY Magnetic Message Board

DIY Magnetic Message Board

DIY Magnetic Message Board



Take a look at more DIY projects here on The Home Depot blog, and follow our Storage and Organization board on Pinterest.

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  1. I love it! I’m wondering how you hung it on the wall.

    • Craig Allen says:

      Whitney glued the steel sheet to MDF board and added a picture hanging wire to the back.

      –Craig, from The Home Depot

  2. Ann says:

    Any recommendations on the best way to hang this in the back given the aluminum is so thin?

    • Craig Allen says:

      Whitney, who did this project, recommends gluing the metal sheet to a piece of MDF board using Loctite glue. That’s what she did.

      Thanks for asking.

      –Craig from The Home Depot

  3. Berdj Joseph Rassam says:

    Message boards are great, especially when there are a lot of people in your family or organization – it helps everyone focus on one central point for key information.