How to make fabric-covered magnetic bulletin boards

Written by katherine kally
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You can make fabric-covered magnetic bulletin boards with a few supplies from your local hardware and craft stores. These instructions describe how to make a 24-inch-wide, 18-inch-tall bulletin board. Adjust the width and the height to create a custom magnetic bulletin board to fit your space. This craft project requires minimal skills and can be completed in less than an hour.

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Things you need

  • 1/2-inch-thick foam board
  • Measuring tape
  • Utility knife
  • Galvanised metal flashing
  • Tin snips
  • Duct tape
  • Fabric
  • Fabric adhesive
  • Scissors
  • Glue gun and glue sticks
  • Command Strips

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  1. 1

    Measure and cut the foam board to 24 inches by 18 inches. Draw a line outlining the measurements to help you cut a straight line. Foam board is made in layers of thick card stock and foam. Cut through one layer at a time for the cleanest edge. Foam core is lightweight and perfect for making magnetic bulletin boards.

  2. 2

    Measure and cut a sheet of magnetic galvanised metal flashing to 24 inches by 18 inches with your tin snips. Lay your foam board on a flat surface and place the metal on top. Secure the metal to the foam board with duct tape around the perimeter.

  3. 3

    Measure and cut a section of fabric that is 36 inches by 30 inches. Lay it face-down on a flat surface. Spray adhesive on the back of the fabric and lay the foam board, metal side down, in the centre. Make sure to lay the board without wrinkling the fabric; your bulletin board should have a smooth surface on the front.

  4. 4

    Pull the fabric up over the back of the foam board and secure it with hot glue or duct tape, whichever you prefer. Duct tape is quicker, but hot glue gives you a neater finish on the back of the board. Fold and secure the fabric to the board one side at a time.

  5. 5

    Hang your fabric-covered magnetic bulletin board with Command Strips or other hook-and-loop type wall hanger.

Tips and warnings

  • Glue ribbon around the perimeter of your bulletin board with hot glue for a decorative touch.
  • Handle the cut metal with care; the edges of the galvanised metal can be sharp.

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