Easy Crafts: Make a Magnetic Message Board

Cover button magnets keep daily reminders organized (& cute!).

Looking for a way to stay organized? Need to keep kids’ school activities and schedules front and center? A magnetic message board is just what you need! This DIY craft project is fantastic for a few different reasons. The board itself is pretty clever (can you say painted pizza pan?), and the easy-to-make magnetic cover buttons use your favorite scrap fabrics. Best yet? You won’t miss this week’s soccer practice.

Easy Crafts: Make a Magnetic Message Board

Dritz® supplies:

Other supplies:

  • Metal pizza pan
  • Spray paint
  • E6000® glue
  • Craft magnets
  • Fabric scraps
  • Ink pen
  • Scissors

Easy Crafts: Make a Magnetic Message Board Before getting started, gather your supplies. Spray paint the metal pan and let dry.

Dritz Craft Cover Button Kits

Let’s talk a bit about what you can do with fabric covered buttons – if you think they’re just for clothing and pillows, think again! Dritz® craft cover button kits have buttons with flat backs, so the covered buttons can be glued onto all kinds of accessories and craft projects. 


Dritz Craft Cover Button Kits (make fabric covered buttons for many DIY crafts & uses)

1) Open the button kits and discard the backs with shanks.

Separate the button shells from the backs.


Easy Crafts: Make a Magnetic Message Board

2) Choose a variety of fabrics with small prints.


Use Dritz Cover Button Templates to Center Fabric Design on Cover Button

3) Use the clear template to center your design. Audition several prints and choose the one that fits best within the center circle.


Use Dritz Cover Button Templates to Center Fabric Design on Cover Button

4) Press the fabric. Trace the outer edge of the template on the fabric.


Dritz Cover Button & Fabric

5) Cut out the circle. Place the fabric right side up on the table.

Center the rubber mold on top of the fabric.


Dritz Cover Button & Fabric (how to make a fabric covered button)

6) Hold the fabric and flip the mold over. Check to make sure the design is still centered.

7) Place the button shell on top of the fabric, check the design again then press the shell into the mold. 


Dritz Cover Button & Fabric (how to make a fabric covered button)

8) Fold the fabric edges over the button shell.


Dritz Cover Button & Fabric (how to make a fabric covered button)

9) Place the plain back on top of the fabric with the ridge side up. Press the back into the button shell with the blue pusher. Press until you hear a pop.


Dritz Cover Button & Fabric (how to make a fabric covered button)

10) Push on the front of the mold to remove the button.


Dritz Cover Button (how to make a magnetic fabric covered button)

11) Place a dab of glue on the button back. Let it sit for 10 seconds.


Dritz Cover Button (how to make a magnetic fabric covered button)

12) Place a magnet on top of the glue. Let dry for 30 minutes.


Dritz Cover Button (how to make a magnetic fabric covered button)

13) Hang the magnetic message board using Command™ strips, and attach cover button magnets.


Easy Crafts: Make a Magnetic Message Board

Doesn’t it look nice? Create multiple boards and hang them vertically or horizontally for impact.


Easy Crafts: Make a Magnetic Message Board

Attach all kinds of notes and reminders!


Dritz Craft Cover Buttons Push Pins

Want to use those fabric cover buttons on cork boards? Instead of gluing magnets to the back, glue on standard push pins instead.

TIP: Use Dritz® craft cover button kit size 30 for making push pins (they’re smaller!).


So what do you think? Love? Hope so! Leave us a comment below and let us know – we’d love to hear from you.

(And if you’re addicted to cover buttons like we are, check out these additional resources for inspiration and how-to information: more blog projects, step-by-step tutorial, YouTube video, Cover Button Crazy/Pinterest board.)

Huge thanks to our friend, Jennifer Mathis of Ellison Lane, who designed and made this message board for us. Jennifer is contributing regularly to our blog and we are absolutely thrilled to have her! Check out all the projects she’s made for us here.

 

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