Crafted Magnet Board

A serving tray easily transforms into a magnet board for showcasing photos.

| Fall 2015

  • Showcase photos of your loved ones on a metal tray turned magnet board.
    Photo by Linda Smith

Some time ago, I saw a project online for a magnet board made out of an old metal tray. I had been wanting to make one, so when I found a jackpot of old, not-very-pretty, metal trays at a yard sale, I bought them — about a dozen in all.

Magnet boards are simple and fun to make. You can use them on the refrigerator to keep track of schedules and appointments, at the office to show off the kids or grandkids, or you can give them to friends and family as gifts. This is a great project for kids, too.


Wipe down the tray with a cloth and glass cleaner, and let it dry.

With a foam brush, give the tray a layer of chalk paint, and let it dry for at least two hours. Using either a foam brush or dauber sponge brush, daub a second layer of chalk paint onto the tray, and let it dry thoroughly.

Attach your chosen stencil to the tray with painter’s tape, and use a dauber sponge brush to paint the designs. The stencil didn’t cover the whole tray, so I had to do it in sections, painting one section and letting it dry, then painting the remaining section and letting it dry.

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