Old Tray Upcycled to DIY Magnetic Board

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Learn how to make a DIY magnetic board from an old tray! You might also like this DIY dry erase calendar idea.

It’s time for another thrift store challenge. Last month, I made faux terrariums with old jars. This month, I made a magnetic memo board for my newly repainted office nook. I used an old tray that had seen better days for this project. 

The Rules:

  • Upcycle an item(s) from a thrift store, resale store, or garage sale into a new piece of decor.
  • There’s no monthly theme.
  • There’s no budget to stick to.

Meet the Hosts

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Jenny | Cookies Coffee and Crafts – Lynne | My Family Thyme
Meredith | Southbound Blog – Marie | The Inspiration Vault – Gail | Purple Hues and Me – Molly | Just a Little Creativity
Pili | My Sweet ThingsAmanda | Domestically Creative – Ali | Home Crafts By Ali – Carmen | Living Letter Home –
Emy | 
Semigloss Design – Jeanie | Create and Babble – Marie | DIY Adulation – Heather | Glitter On A Dime

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DIY Magnetic Board from Upcycled Tray

upcycled metal tray

Supplies Needed

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  1. Clean your tray well. Mine had some chippy paint, so I lightly sanded it before cleaning it. metal tray before
  2. Spray paint your tray. Do several light coats for full coverage. (Keep in mind that your napkin is transparent, so the color of your tray will show through.)spray paint tray
  3. Once the paint is dry, it’s time to decoupage with napkins. Separate your napkin. Most are 2-3 ply, so each layer comes apart. Rolling the corner between your fingers helps to peel it apart. peel apart paper napkin for decoupage
  4. Lay it out on the tray and trace around the edge with a pencil.
  5. Trim the lines your marked. trimmed paper napkin
  6. Paint on a generous coat of decoupage glue.coat tray in decoupage glue
  7. Lay the napkin in place, smoothing as you go. Wrinkles are okay. Just keep smoothing them out. Paper napkin decoupaged to tray
  8. If any edges are loose, add glue to the top and it will soak through.
  9. Let the glue dry and add another coat to the top of the napkin.
  10. Use E-6000 glue to attach a picture hanger to the back of your tray for hanging. attach hanger with glue
  11. Attach scrabble letters to magnets using E-6000 glue. scrabble tile magnets
  12. Hang your magnetic board and use your fun Scrabble tile magnets to create a magnetic memo board. metal tray upcycled into DIY magnetic board

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  1. What a fun project! A friend of mine loves using that technique with the paper napkins but I have never tried it. It turned out so pretty on this tray.

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