Thursday, November 19, 2009

what I did when I should have been folding laundry and/or sewing

I made a magnetic memo board!

I have a knack for starting/finishing less important projects when I have deadlines for other things.  I'm starting to feel like this blog is turning into a forum for procrastinator's anonymous.  Seriously!  Anyway, I've had this picture frame I got at Goodwill for a while.  I painted it while I had my can of blue paint out for another project last spring. ( I have A LOT of things this color - it's amazing how many things you can paint with a quart of paint!)

I went to the local hardware store and asked someone to help me find some sheet metal.  I guess that's what you call it.  I told them what I was doing.  I found a piece that was just a couple inches bigger than my frame.  So I needed something to cut it with.  My trusty father-in-law, aka purveyor of all tools, had some, um . . . scissors?  They're HUGE!

I'm not sure if these are tin snips or what.  And yes, that is a normal sized sharpie.

I wiped the metal down with some clorox wipes so that my hands won't turn black everytime I touch it.  If it keeps doing that I might take it out and seal it with some clear spray paint or something. (I've also thought about covering it in fabric....)

I took the sharpie and a ruler and marked off the sides to be cut.

And then I tried to cut it.  I don't have pictures, because I was by myself watching The Biggest Loser during my kids nap (By the way, The Biggest Loser + Pregnancy Hormones = tears.  Just in case you were wondering.).  But cutting that was a little tricky.  You have to be careful to start in a very straight line or the unpliable metal will steer you at an angle.  Does that even make sense?  I bet if you try it with these kind of scissors it will!

After I got it sized up, I put it in the frame, backed it with the same size of cardboard and stepped back to admire it.



I really like it!  I'd like to hang it in the kitchen for our calendar and menu and shopping list and stuff, but I've got to work with it, since I don't have free wall space anywhere.  I'll figure something out.

The best part!  Frame $3 + metal $18 = $21!  Way cheaper than buying one somewhere.

I'm working on those bags - hopefully I have one to share in the morning for Sew & Tell.

16 crafty mcCrafters commented:

Amy - Park City Girl said...

This is so cute! You have to show us where you end up hanging it - k!? I could really use one too, but adding one more thing to my to do list . . . give me a couple months :)

Natalia said...

So cute! I have one but I hate the color of it, DUH, i should just repaint it!

Barb said...

What a wonderful idea and job.

You sound alot like me....doing other things when I have things I need to be doing...

Leslie said...

what a great project...perfect idea.

Laura said...

Um . . . what does Randy need those beasts for? Slicing through bones?!? Not normal. But it turned out so cute! I want one. I always one of whatever you make. :) I can't show you what I made today because I am planning on using it as a gift for someone who reads my blog. Sorry. No sew and tell this week.

wishes, true and kind said...

Very practical, and it looks great, you clever thing, you!

Nicole said...

You should TOTALLY cover it with fabric! Or maybe I should cover my own with fabric when I copy what you've done here. :) Good job.

allyn said...

i have already copied you. i found a frame at the thrift store for 99 cents, got some spray paint for $2.39 and haven't looked for sheet metal, though.

this looks so awesome and it is so useful and since my fridge is no longer magnetic, mine will be a necessity.

buttercup said...

You are so inspiring with all your projects. I used to be nifty. What happened to the nifty me?

The Letteer Family said...

Very nice! I like it!

Anne at Film and Thread said...

That looks wonderful! I love the color combination of the blue frame and the silver/grey metal.

Sarah said...

Ooh I love it!

Rita @ Mochi Studios said...

Wow! it's a beatiful magnet board and I love the painted frame!

Mary said...

I love that color! It is cheaper AND exactly what you wanted.

Whimsical Creations said...

Love it!!

trish said...

very cute!!

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