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Dirty Little Secret Friday … DIY Chalkboards & Magnets {part 1}

February 28, 2014

Okay, this one might be a stretch on my organizing resolution and Dirty Little Secret Friday. I’m not exactly sure if this counts as an organizing project or not, but either way … I’m super excited to share this project:


DIY Chalkboards and Magnets  |  View From The Fridge

This project initially started off small (with some bottle caps I bought on clearance at Michael’s) and somehow grew and grew with me making all kinds of different magnets {and a couple chalkboards}. For this post, I’ll just give you the details of one DIY chalkboard and the bottle cap magnets. I’ll save the other chalkboards and magnets for another post (but you can see a glimpse of these in the pictures above).

So here’s how it started … with this chalkboard made from an old metal tray (think thrift stores … or Grandma’s pantry).

DIY chalkboard and magnets  |  View From The Fridge

Old Metal Tray Painted with Chalkboard Paint

With a couple holes drilled into one side and some rope, it’s transformed into a cute chalkboard sign (that I think is destined for Owen and Charlie’s Big Boy room … if it ever gets completed).

DIY chalkboard and magnets  |  View From The Fridge


Since it’s an old METAL tray … It’s also magnetic (hence the personalized bottle cap magnets above).

I decided to use a couple pictures and some scrapbook paper to decorate these caps. With some adhesive magnets on the back … Personalized Bottle Cap Magnets:

DIY chalkboard and magnets  |  View From The Fridge


Here’s the picture version of how to create both the chalkboard AND magnets:


DIY chalkboard and magnets  |  View From The Fridge


  1. Paint edges of tray with craft or chalk paint. If the edges of your tray are raised like mine above, you’ll want to also paint the underside because it will show from the side.
  2. Paint inside of tray with black chalkboard paint. You’ll probably need several coats. Make sure to read the instructions / recommendations on the paint. Mine said to paint one coat horizontally, and the next coat vertically. You’ll also need to ‘prime’ the surface once all layers have dried completely (by rubbing with chalk).
  3. Using a drill and a 1/4″ drill bit, drill two holes along one side.
  4. Cut a piece of rope (I bought mine from JoAnn) a couple feet long (you can always trim it if it’s too long).
  5. Thread each end of rope through tray from the back and tie in a loose double knot in the front.
  6. Hang on hook.


  1. Cut circles out of pictures or scrapbook paper the size of the caps. A circle punch the exact right size would have been ideal, but I didn’t get that lucky. I cut each one out with a scissors.
  2. On the inside of caps… apply a generous amount of mod podge.
  3. Place pictures inside cap and cover with another layer of mod podge.
  4. Stick adhesive magnet to back.
DIY chalkboard and magnets  |  View From The Fridge



And … since I can’t just stop there, I also made some neon pink and gold bottle cap magnets. These, however, probably won’t be going into the boys’ room:


DIY chalkboard and magnets  |  View From The Fridge


DIY chalkboard and magnets  |  View From The Fridge

Now … I just need to figure out how to magically get really nice handwriting and/or a new artistic ability to create some nice chalkboard art for this sign.

Stay tuned for details on the rest of the DIY Chalkboards and additional Magnets!

Have a wonderful weekend! Stop back tomorrow for a round up of some of the best link ups from last week’s diy Sunday Showcase, followed by this week’s link up that goes live at 5pm CST.

** Like I mentioned, I’ll go into more details of the other chalkboards and magnets I made, but wanted to give a couple shout outs to Krista at The Happy Housie for that printable in the first picture in this post. Also to Angela at Life in Velvet for the inspiration behind some of those fancy clothespins in that first picture. More details on both of these to come!


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  • Reply Angela (Life in Velvet) February 28, 2014 at 8:46 am

    These are seriously SO cool! LOVE! Have a fabulous weekend :)
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  • Reply Courtney @ Crafts by Courtney February 28, 2014 at 8:47 am

    How cool are these?I have a couple chalkboards they I change out for holidays and season. I haven’t attempted making magnets yet. My problem is always writing nice on the board. I usually pull out my stencils when I’m writing a saying.
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    • Reply Katie February 28, 2014 at 9:06 am

      Stencils … now that’s a good idea. I made them chalkboards for a reason … now I need to write something cute on them. Thanks!

  • Reply Bette @ Somerset Lane February 28, 2014 at 11:06 am

    I think it totally works as an organizing project. I love the bottlecaps with the kids pic in them. My sister in law a few years ago gave me a bunch of magnets she mad with pictures of Elvis Presley on them. I love them.
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  • Reply Melissa @ A Prudent Life February 28, 2014 at 8:01 pm

    I thought I was the only one in blog land that couldn’t make pretty text on a chalkboard. I’m feeling much better knowing you & Courtney have the same dilemma. :)

    Those bottle caps are adorable – I can’t decide if I like the boy or girl versions better. Both are perfect!
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  • Reply Krista Carlson March 1, 2014 at 8:09 am

    Looks great! Love the idea of repurposing a vintage tray! Excited to try out my own!

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    • Reply Katie March 1, 2014 at 8:25 am

      Thanks, Krista! It really does work great as a Chalkboard AND magnetic board! I found a cute one at Ikea that I added chalkboard paint to that I’ll share next week. Thanks for stopping by! Have a great weekend!

  • Reply Shannon March 1, 2014 at 7:52 pm

    Super cute memo board. I have lots of bottle caps and will have to try this.

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  • Reply Carrie This Home March 1, 2014 at 8:56 pm

    I love anything with cute photos on it so these magnets caught my attention! They’re so cute! I really need some magnets for my fridge so & this would be the perfect thing!
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  • Reply Sonnet @ SohoSonnet Creative Living March 2, 2014 at 12:20 pm

    Awwwww toooo cute! This turned out really really amazing Katie! I want to do something similar, looks like a trip to michaels is in order…
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  • Reply Suzan March 2, 2014 at 5:48 pm

    What a fabulous idea !
    LOVE !!!
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  • Reply Erin Kennedy March 7, 2014 at 6:33 pm

    WHAT A fantastic project! So cute! Pinning now!


    • Reply Katie March 7, 2014 at 9:23 pm

      Thanks, Erin! Hope you’re having a good weekend so far! ‘See’ you tomorrow evening!

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