May 1, 2014

How to Make a DIY Magnetic Message Board

Are you in need of a message center, grocery list board, or a supply organizer?  This DIY magnetic message board is perfect for you!

DIY Magnetic Message Board for Grocery lists, message center, or supply organizer

I needed a place to write down what I have in my freezer; everything that was lurking in the crevices and cold dark corners.  We have a small, tight freezer which makes it hard to find things, and even harder to remember what might be in there. Things kept disappearing, and I had three bags of mixed vegetables because I couldn't ever remember if I had some left.  Enter this magnetic message board!  I knew it would be perfect to organize into categories and keep track of the food we had in our freezer.  It also gave me the perfect excuse to clean out the freezer--goodbye 2 year old vanilla ice cream.

DIY Magnetic Message Board

I have my magnetic message board stuck to the side of my refrigerator.  It's the perfect spot for it because it isn't visible and messy looking, but it's still right next to the freezer.  Because the message board is in a tight spot I used wet erase markers instead of dry erase--I pull it out often and I was worried everything would end up rubbing off.  And that would just create a bigger headache than the freezer!

DIY Magnetic Message Board and Freezer Organizer

1 small dry erase board
4 magnets
Ultra Control Gel Loctite super glue
washi tape
wet erase markers

  1. If the opposite side of your dry erase board is glossy, use sandpaper to roughen the surface. Wipe the board clean of the dust with a damp paper towel.  Allow to dry completely.
  2. Apply 3 to 4 dots of super glue to one of the magnets. 
  3. Firmly press the magnet onto one of the corners of the boards back.  Hold for about 10 seconds.  Repeat with the remaining 3 magnets in the other corners. Allow glue to dry and set for 5 minutes. 
  4. Using a thin piece of washi tape wrap the outside of the magnets.  Not only is this cute, but it will keep the magnets from scratching your fridge!  If the edges are longer than your magnets fold them to the middle.  
  5. Plan the layout of your board with a piece of paper and a pencil.  Define categories, how much space you need, etc. 
  6. Use washi tape to divide the areas of your board.  Washi tape is great because you can easily remove and re-stick it.  
  7. Your message board is finished! Make lists and write notes with wet erase markers.  

  • Wet erase markers are less prone to wiping off than dry erase markers.  They're perfect for tight spaces and curious fingers.  Feel free to use dry erase markers if that's what you prefer. 
  • Use washi tape as much or as little as you need.  I actually thought I would use more, but ended up using the marker to divide some spaces. 
I love having an organized place to see what is in our freezer without having to hold the door open for 10 minutes.  I can also see this being used as a grocery list on the fridge, stuck to the side of a filing cabinet to list its contents, or in a crafting are to keep track of the supplies. 

Where would you put a magnetic message board?  Do you have any great ideas about how to use one?

1 comment:

  1. There are many ways to go about organizing your kitchen accessory. Different methods make more sense depending on your space and what you’re storing. No matter which method you choose, these magnetic organizer definitely helps you to reduce the space usage and clutter.
    Thank you for posting. This will be great for our family!


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