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DIY Magnetic Board

DIY magnetic board on office wall for office organization.

A fun and easy idea for getting organized in any space is a DIY magnetic board! I love any project that is multi functional and this magnetic board can be used in almost any space in your home!

My sister in law actually wanted one for my niece’s playroom and so I built this one for her for Christmas! A DIY magnetic board for toddlers…

DIY magnetic board with kids magnets hung low on wall in kids playroom

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Super cute and simple right?! I love the mix of the farm animal magnets with the rustic, wood frame around the magnet sheet.

While I was visiting my family over the holidays, I took photos of the DIY magnet board in my mom’s newly renovated office to show how the board can be used in different ways!

Wood framed DIY magnetic board in office

How to build a DIY magnetic board:




1. Make wood frame cuts

First, cut your 1×4 wood board to size using a miter saw or have your local home improvement store make the cuts for you. Make the following cuts:

  • 2 pieces @ 38″
  • 2 pieces @ 21″

4 wood boards cut to size for DIY magnetic board wood frame

2. Add pocket holes to wood frame pieces

Use a Kreg Jig and drill pocket holes at the ends of the two shorter wood boards. *Tip: See my how to use a Kreg Jig post for an easy, step by step tutorial and video tutorial on how to use the Kreg Jig (my favorite tool)!

Pocket holes added to shorter wood frame boards

3. Stain wood frame boards

At this point, I found it easier to go ahead and stain my wood boards before assembling the frame. I used Dark Walnut by Minwax for my stain color. For tips on how to stain wood for a beautiful finish, check out how to stain wood!

4. Attach wood frame together with Kreg screws

Use 1 1/4″ Kreg screws and attach the wood boards together. Clamps help with this part!

Attaching wood frame boards together with a drill and Kreg screws

Once your magnetic board frame is assembled it will look something like this:

DIY magnetic board frame pieces attached before adding sheet metal

5. Attach sheet metal to DIY magnetic board wood frame

Ok, last step! Lay your sheet metal over the back of your wood frame and clamp it down.

Lining up a large piece of sheet metal over the back of the magnet board wood frame

Then, drill a hole through the sheet metal and partially through the wood but be careful not to drill through the front of the wood frame. Also, make sure to drill a hole that is bigger than your screw width if you are using wood screws like me (what I had on hand) since they don’t easily drill through metal.

Attaching sheet metal to wood frame by first drilling a hole

Drill your 3/4″ screw through the sheet metal into the wood.

Attaching sheet metal to wood frame with screw and drill

Sheet metal attached to magnet board wood frame with screws along edge

Repeat this step all the way around the wood frame. We ended up needing to add several screws along the sides of the frame to keep it secured well against the frame.

That’s it! Enjoy your new DIY magnetic board!

wood framed magnet board hung on office wall with magnetic notepad on it

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Jean Miceli

Friday 4th of January 2019

This will look great on my new office

Angela Marie Made

Wednesday 9th of January 2019

Great to hear!