Hello, hello! It’s Carrie stopping by from Lovely Etc. again to share another fun, inexpensive DIY project.
I don’t know about you guys but I absolutely love the look of aged wood. Barn wood, pallet wood, whatever you want to call it, it is beautiful. The problem is finding the stuff can be a real challenge and a lot of work. Luckily, today’s project doesn’t actually require you to scout out authentically aged wood at all. All you need are an hour of time and a few inexpensive supplies.
Frame – you can use any old frame you have at home or find one inexpensively at a thrift store. The great thing is the frame doesn’t even need to have glass for this project.
Sheet metal – you can buy a 2’x3’ sheet of sheet metal at your local home improvement store for around $10. That will give you enough for several projects.
Tin snips – These are like scissors that cut metal. If you don’t already own some, you can get a pair for less than $5.
Wood print scrapbook paper – I bought mine at my local craft supplies store buy you can also buy it on etsy.
Turning all of this into a magnetic board is pretty simple. First use a marker to trace the cardboard from your frame onto the sheet metal and then use your tin snips to cut it out. (You should definitely wear gloves for this – the metal can be sharp!)
Next you want to cut your scrapbook paper to be that same size.
When I got to this step, I had a little problem. My frame is bigger than a single sheet of scrapbook paper and when I layered two sheets, there was a very obvious seam.
That seam was just crying out “This isn’t real wood! It’s just paper!” Luckily I came up with a great solution. Since I wanted it to look like real wood, I decided to treat it like real wood and cut the different ‘planks’ different lengths.
When I put the two pieces back together, the seam visually disappeared.
I used a little two-sided tape to tape the two pieces of scrapbook paper together and then cut the paper to be the same size as the sheet metal I had cut earlier. Then all I had to do was put everything together. I put the scrapbook paper into the frame followed by the metal and the cardboard that came with the frame.
One freshly made barn wood magnet board ready for service!
I tried it out with a few photos stuck on randomly and it looked super cute. But I liked it even more with one photo as the star.
The clip holding the photo is a simple magnetic clip from Target. I love how simple it is to change out the photo or even switch it out for free printables, invitations, and reminders instead.
And I swear you would never guess that this wasn’t made with actual wood. I am already brainstorming new uses for my wood plank scrapbook paper!
This is adorable Carrie!!! Thanks for sharing this awesome craft with us! That wood scrapbook paper is amazing!!