Millionayres | DIY Wednesday: Cookie Sheet Magnetic Message Board

DIY Wednesday: Cookie Sheet Magnetic Message Board

Cookie sheets are a crafter’s best friend. They’re a hard surface that can tolerate paint, glue, heat, scrapes and any number of evils that accompany a crafter’s habits. I have used (and abused) mine, an old beat up cookie sheet that I’m sure I inherited long ago though I can’t remember when. As loved as it is, it was ugly. It was just a blank canvas waiting for a face lift. Call me Dr. MillionAyres, cause this little beauty turned out great after some simple cosmetic surgery that will keep her looking great for a long time to come.

To make your cookie sheet magnetic message board you’ll need the following supplies:


  • An old cookie sheet (thrift stores and garage sales are great places to find these wonders for cheap)
  • Scrapbooking paper
  • Mod Podge
  • A foam paint brush
  • A Paper cuter/scissors/exacto knife  –pick your poison
  • Ribbon
  • Decorative brads
  • craft paint in your choice of colors
Step 1: First cut some scrapbook paper to the dimensions of the inside of your cookie sheet. Mine was wider than 12″ so I opted for a 2 pattern approach and chose 2 complimentary pieces of scrapbook paper. You could also choose a layer of cork board or paint the “naked” section of your cookie sheet with chalkboard or dry erase paint.
If your cookie sheet has rounded corners like mine did, using a punch or eyeballing a rounded edge on your paper will make the project look all the more polished than leaving the 90° edges.
Rounded Corners
Step 2: Next you can paint the interior lip and outside edges of your cookie sheet any color you’d like. I mixed a couple of shades of craft paint I had in my bag-o-tricks to achieve a color close to that of my scrapbook paper.
If you are using a well loved cookie sheet you might be able to get away without sanding or priming your surface first but if you’re going to be using a newer cookie sheet, do yourself a favor and don’t skip this step. I thought I would have been in the clear, but in hindsight I should not have skipped this step. It took several annoying coats of paint and a fair amount of dry time to get the paint to be as opaque as I liked it.
Painted cookie sheet
Step 3: If you so choose, while your paint dries you can grab a section of your scrapbook paper, along with your ribbon and brads and create a sort of message board. First, apply a coat of Mod Podge to your paper so that it will have the same finish as the rest of your project will. Let dry. Cut your ribbon to length, allowing for an overlap, criss-crossing back and forth along your paper. Place a brad through the crossed ribbon sections and paper and secure in place. Glue down the overlapped ribbon to the back of the scrapbook paper.
Step 4: Apply a fair-to-generous amount of Mod Podge to the inside of your cookie sheet and glue your scrapbook papers in place. It’s a good idea to apply pressure until dry. I used canned goods out of my pantry to act as weights until I felt that my paper was secure.
apply mod podge
Step 5: Now, apply a layer of Mod Podge to the entire surface of your cookie sheet except for the ribboned section. You’ve already treated the paper on this side and if you glue down the ribbon, then it’s rendered useless to hold paper/pictures/notes etc. Be sure to also apply a layer over your painted metal. This will keep the paint from rubbing off or being easily scratched off as you start using your awesome new  Magnetic Message Board.
Step 6: Adorn and accessorize as desired. I made a bunch of fabric flowers from what I had lying around. I glued magnets to the back of them rather than gluing them in place and now I have coordinating fun magnets for my Message Board.
Finished Magnetic Message Board
If you’re thinking, “These things are way too color coordinated”…guilty. It seems I’m repeatedly drawn to this color scheme of teal/turquoise and browns. You should see my living room and bedroom, even my dishes. It’s a condition of mine and I’m working through it. Hey, I like what I like.
Well, now you have a place for notes and ideas so continue to use and abuse this beauty.


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