Back to School Magnet Board & Tutorial

Hi Everyone
I have another Little Yellow Bicycle post to share today. This time a Magnet Board but first let’s take a look at how I made the magnets.
Magnets Tutorial
These are so quick to make and a great way to use up paper scraps you have lying around. When I make these I love to look at all the tiny details that the designers have put into the paper – it’s amazing what you can find!
Here is a quick and easy way to make custom magnets from any paper… 
  1.  Cut or punch circles of paper slightly smaller than the flat side of the glass dome
  2.  Apply Mod Podge to the surface of the paper you want visible through the magnet and glue onto flat side of magnet
  3.  When dry, apply a layer of Mod Podge to the other side o the paper (outside)
  4.  Using a super-strong craft glue, stick a magnet to the underside and leave to dry


Magnets Board
The magnet board started life as a really ugly magnetic calendar – so I sprayed the outside edges with some tile paint, glued on some patterned paper and when the glue was dry – I applied a layer of Mod Podge (water-based sealer and glue) over the top to add some shine and a little protection. For this project I used a solvent based glue and it ensure the paper remains flat and is easily cleaned up by rubbing away any excess.
The wonderful papers from LYB really do all the work – they co-ordinate perfectly and the prints are fun and fresh.
My son will be able to put all his bits and pieces onto the board, and I have added a few photos from his first couple of school months to get started – held on by the magnets of course!
I have used one of the Mini Banners in the top left corner which is perfect as PRIDE is my son’s school motto.  On the bottom segment I have used this wonderful bus from the Chipboard Shapes  and an upside-down pencil and stop sticker from the Cardstock Stickers to make the sign. Placing scraps of paper behind the pieces and extra detail on the wheels just lifts the bus a little

Only one more post to go for LYB – and then I am designing for Echo Park for a month! 

Very exciting (but busy!!) times for me 🙂

I am linking up this project to these websites here.

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  • Reply tiffany @ the nest effect September 29, 2011 at 4:54 PM

    Where did you buy your magnets from? I've been looking for small magnets like that, but can't find them anywhere. Thanks!

  • Reply Lori September 29, 2011 at 10:37 PM

    This is fantastic! Thanks for the little tutorial. I can't find those darn clear domes or the little magnets either, ugg.

  • Reply Lowri September 30, 2011 at 12:32 AM

    Hi there
    I bought the magnets from the dollar store here in New Zealand (about 12 for $3) and I know in the US you can buy the domes from here – about $3.50 for 20 or 25c each.

    Lowri 🙂

  • Reply Liz September 30, 2011 at 1:20 AM


  • Reply WillieburgScrapper September 30, 2011 at 1:57 AM

    Lowri the magnate board is even better than the magnates and I REALLY LOVE those! PINNED! This is a fantastic project- thanks for the tips on magnetic boards- I've been pondering how to make a perpetual calendar for months now.

  • Reply minna k.s. October 1, 2011 at 3:19 AM

    Such a cute idea to have a school theme. This looks like such a fun project.
    Love it!!! I'm a new follower.

  • Reply Christine B October 1, 2011 at 10:23 PM

    This is a fabulous project Lowri! I really like the papers you have used.

  • Reply Katie October 2, 2011 at 3:50 PM

    Love these! I have made glass magnets in the past. I found you via TT&J link party and am your newest follower!

  • Reply Kathryn Michelle Jenkins October 4, 2011 at 6:40 PM

    those magnets are so cute! I love the paper you used. take care! I'm a new follower.


  • Reply Heather October 9, 2011 at 12:24 PM

    These are stunning! I just pinned them and am a new follower over from Tip Junkie. Heather at http://diaperedknights.blogspot.com

  • Reply Emily October 10, 2011 at 6:04 PM

    Super cute! And thanks for the links for the clear domes – I havven't been able to find them either! 🙂

  • Reply Toni Thomas October 11, 2011 at 10:45 AM

    so very clever, love it!

  • Reply tiffany @ the nest effect October 23, 2011 at 5:47 PM

    What kind of ModPodge did you use? I have the matte MP and when I used scrapbook paper to make a magnet, it didn't turn out so nicely. There were some unattractive dots showing up through the glass that I could get rid of. They weren't due to bubbles or anything. I didn't know if there was a better kind of MP to use. Thanks.

  • Reply Lowri October 23, 2011 at 8:16 PM

    Hi Tiffany – I used the regular Matte Mod Podge too. I used a very thin layer and these LYB papers are quite a heavy weight too. Make sure you let the first layer of MP dry before applying the second. Beyond that – I don't have any suggestions! There are heaps of examples of this project on-line – maybe take a look and see if they recommend a different type of MP.

  • Reply lahwally October 25, 2011 at 11:03 AM

    Hello- What did you use for the board?

  • Reply Nuts in a Tree March 27, 2012 at 7:55 PM

    Okay, I loved the magnets already…now I just have to make the board too! Totally cool! TFS!

    Rhonda 🙂

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