DIY: Corral The Chaos: Magnetic Embellishment Board

May 8, 2013

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If there is one thing I know it is this: If you wander around Home Depot for long enough, inspiration will strike. It’s guaranteed.

Confession: I much prefer an afternoon at Home Depot than an afternoon in a craft store. There is something about all the potential of those raw materials. I spent a good fifteen minutes perusing the stove vents to see what I can come up with. I got nothing on that one…but I did come up with this project which is exactly what I need for my overflowing collection of embellishments.

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{1} Wiss  MetalMaster Snips: Okay – now I know you may not have these one hand, but they really are a great tool for paper crafters.  I first showed them to you in THIS post where I used them to cut apart my dies. They cut through most thin to medium weight metals with no problem.

{2} 12 x12 picture frame. You can find this at Michael’s or any other craft store.

{3} 12 x 12 Metal Sheet – you may wanna ask someone to point you in the direction of the metal sheets. In my Home Depot, they were tucked away on an aisle endcap.

{4} Decorative Aluminum Sheet. I opted for the Mosaic Pattern Aluminum Sheet. The sheets come in a 12 x 24 size, which is the smallest size available. This part of the project is completely optional, but I really like the decorative accent that it adds to the finished product. Since this aluminum sheet is not magnetic, it is a purely decorative top layer. The steel sheet in step #3 is what makes the board magnetic

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{5} To organize your embellishments, you’ll need some containers and these Clear Top Tins from Specialty Bottle are perfect. They are available in several sizes, but these three are likely the ones that will be most useful for your embellie board project. For this particular board, I used the smallest of the sizes pictured here.

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{6} Last, you’ll need magnets. You’ll need rather strong magnets since they will need to work through the top sheet of decorative aluminum. These Flexible Magnets are available at Michael’s and work perfectly.

 

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{1} Use your metal snips to cut the decorative sheet. If you would rather not purchase the snips, many of the employees at Home Depot carry a pair and if you ask nicely, they may just let you use them on site to cut through your sheet. I would just suggest that you arrive at the Home Depot with the frame you’ll be using. This way you can be sure that it fits the metal sheet once you’ve cut it.

{2} Trim the decorative aluminum down to the same 12×12 size as the steel sheet.

{3} Place two magnets on the back of each clear top tin. No need for any adhesive. Just put them there and they’ll stay in place. I prefer two magnets rather than one to ensure a better grip and to be sure that the container doesn’t spin around.

{4} Fill up your containers, place the metal sheets in the frame and stick the tins into place!

Corral the Chaos: Magnetic Embellishment Board | Damask Love Blog

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The nice thing about this project is that one sheet of the decorative aluminum can make two frames. I also like that storage solutions like this force me to limit my hoarding. If I only have nine of eighteen tins to fill, then that’s what I can keep. I can live without the rest, and I’ll be much happier with the decrease in clutter. After all, I’m pretty sure the floor is not intended to be one big shelf, right?!

How do you organize your embellishments?

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33 thoughts on “Corral The Chaos: Magnetic Embellishment Board”

  1. Hmmmm….Home Depot …that’s my husbands craft store. I’ll have to make that trip with him when he goes there! lol…. thank you Amber for the great idea!

  2. I’ve been known to wander around Home Depot too. Can’t go with the husband as he heads right for what he needs & leaves! Love your project – very classy. Thanks.

  3. You are amazing and I love visiting your blog. You could also use one of the patterned transparent sheets sold in the scrapbook stores to add the pattern over the metal. I see this board coming to my craft room very soon! Thanks so much.

    1. Yes! You could totally put scrap paper over the metal for a different decorative touch. The funny thing is…when I showed this project to my husband, he said …”Or maybe you could put scrap paper over the metal instead of the aluminum.” Seriously! It was one of my proudest moments! He’s learning:-)

  4. What I need is some help organizing my studio space… I have glues, bags, card stock and envelopes, mailer envelopes, and various sizes of photo prints mostly… If you ever do a tutorial on organizing that… I’ll be glued to the blog (no pun intended)!

  5. This is an awesome idea for bellies! I keep mine in round containers that stack on each other with one lid for the stack. Each screws in to the one below. I keep the stacks sorted by theme and store them all standing in a photo storage box on a shelf. Very visible storage. I have quite a few more than you you have on your boards! but your boards are lovely and a perfect idea for things that are too pretty to put away! I can see these for little girls hair clips etc.

  6. Love the project, but also love the fact that you will take Home Depot over a craft store! I am with you – I get overwhelmed in the craft stores if I do not know what I am looking for, but in the Depot inspiration abounds. Glad to know I am not the only one.

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  8. My second use for this is SPICES. I have made Spice boards for my friends using this and they love them. They fit nicely on the inside of the cabinet doors or I make them to fit on the wall between the upper cabinet and the counter. I use wire on the backs for hanging. I am looking at refining the design to sell, too.

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