Friday, September 5, 2014

Magnetic Picture Frame

Sorry for disappearing from blog land!! After coming back from vacation, got completely busy with paper mache elephant project (will post the details soon).

We both love traveling and exploring new places. Hubby loves to collect the fridge magnets as souvenirs from every place we visit. It was fine while we were in rental apartment. Once we moved to this home, we couldn't put these on the stainless steel refrigerator. Couple of ceramic ones broke when slipped from the fridge, so I packed them nicely in a box and put them away. He was sad that his collection was biting the dust in the box. I surprised him with this quick and easy project.

I did this project long time back but sharing it on the blog today :)

All that you need for this project is Galvanized Metal Sheet (I got 12" by 18" sheet from Lowes), Fabric, Picture frame and duct tape. One good idea is to carry the magnet with you while shopping for the galvanized metal sheet. I picked up the frames (without glass and back cover) from Michael's with 40% off coupon.

Please be careful while handling the metal sheet, edges are pretty sharp. I covered the edges with the duct tape to save my fingers.

Wrap the fabric on the metal sheet, just like gift wraping. I secured the fabric ends to the metal sheet using duct tape.

 This is how it looked from the front. I selected a neutral color fabric as the magnets are colorful.

I was planning to hang these without the frame (you can see the two holes I drilled for looping the ribbon on the right side).  After placing the magnets, realized it was heavy, so, used the frame. Since I was using no back cover and no glass frame, after placing the metal sheet there was a gap at the back. Foam-core board (lying around after some school project) was cut to size and used to fill in the gap. Yes, you guessed it right ;) , I secured with duct tape.

Voila!!! Magnetic Picture frame is ready.

Now time to adorn the frame with magnets :) 

Since we had many magnets, I ended up making two of these. Looking at the way collection is growing, I might have to make one more soon.

I love the projects which are quick and deliver satisfactory results. This is one of those projects which you can finish in less than 30 mins, excluding the shopping part :)
 What do u collect as keepsakes from your travel??

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  1. Bharati, Welcome back...:-). Missed you here. This is a neat project. Looks so organized. We too had these magnets in a box and finally used a magnetic board to display. But mine is no where as neat as yours.

    1. Thank u Reshma! same here, feel much better to get back on blogland!! would love to see how yours turned out.

  2. Hi Bharati...Lovely project! I totally needed this - have fifteen years of magnets cluttering up my fridge! First time visiting your blog - amazed to see how totally creative and inventive you are! :)

  3. Cute idea to display your favorite magnets! Thanks for sharing at our Get Your DIY party! October's theme is Falling for Fall. I hope you'll come back on the 5th and share with us again! XO


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