Make a DIY Magnetic Board for a Stainless Steel Fridge in minutes with this easy tutorial!
Hola, amigos! Pardon my MIA-ness over the past few days, as I’ve been savoring a trip with friends to beautiful, sunny, and most importantly, HOT, Puerto Vallarta!
I’ll have a full recap for you either Friday or next Monday, but holy cow, this trip was just what the doctor ordered. Beautiful beaches, unforgettable food, a time to reconnect with Ben and some of our best friends, and hello, Coco Locos! ;)
In the meantime, while we get settled back at home, I want to share a project I promised on Instagram a few weeks ago: how to make a DIY magnetic board for a stainless steel fridge to use as a play area for your little one, a menu planner, organization center – really whatever you want. The sky’s the limit!
Lincoln’s at an age (19 mo) where he wants to be with either Ben or me pretty much all the time, so it can be challenging to get dinner made, for example, when he’s tugging on my pant leg every minute. I’ve filled a few drawers with funnels, towels, plastic spoons, and strainers that keep him occupied for a bit, but was craving a magnet board for the front of the fridge to not only keep him busy, but give him an opportunity to learn something, too. Only problem is that we’ve got a stainless steel fridge, which isn’t magnetic.
Determined to find a way to make this happen, I headed to Lowe’s and within 5 minutes of searching around, I had my solution – magnetic chalk boards!
I was actually searching for sheets of magnet board that I was going to cut with tin snips to fit the fridge doors when I stumbled upon these pre-cut boards that were the perfect fit. Bonus: they’re chalk friendly, too!
I added the boards plus everything else I used for the project (minus the strips I’ll talk about next,) to my IGE Amazon store. That said, click here to order the boards >
So! I bought two boards plus two boxes of medium command picture hanging strips that hold up to 12lbs. I knew the magnets I was going to buy wouldn’t be heavier than a pound or two, and the boards themselves are pretty light. All I had to do was attach a pair of strips to each corner of the magnet boards, then peel off the back and stick the whole kit and kaboodle onto the fridge.
Next I bought the magnets. I found the cutest Doug and Melissa ABC and animal magnets at Target that are great for learning letters and new animals + sounds. As you can see we’re already missing a few letters as Lincoln loves squirreling things away – I’m always finding odd things in random places!
What I’m really excited about though is finally having a home for the LeapFrog Fridge Phonics Magnet Letter Set I found on Amazon. My Mom bought one of these at Kohls several years ago and the grandchildren go nuts for it. It plays a catchy little song for each letter while sounding it out, which seriously works wonders. I’ll ask Lincoln what sound “B” makes, for instance, and he’ll say “buh buh buh”. I’d like to say I taught him that, but nope – all LeapFrog! Plus the bus plays a few songs like The Wheels on the Bus (shocker,) and the ABCs which he loves to dance to. Can’t recommend this toy enough!
As I mentioned, while we’re using these magnetic chalkboards as a space for Lincoln, they’re great for writing menus, leaving notes – anything, really! Also I must tell you that I finally found a stainless steel cleaner that I love – this sprayable Weiman Stainless Steel Cleaner and Polish. Before I was using wipes, which just weren’t working. There was either too much or too little product in the wipes, they were transferring dirt, etc. With this spray I can use as much or as little as I want and it’s completely streak free. Smells good, too. I found this product at Lowe’s but you can also click the link above to order it!