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Magnet Board and Rosette Magnets

Customize this memo board with your choice of fabrics. Then hang it up to display reminders, family photos, and school art.

Magnet board and rosette magnets

Project Overview

Skill Level


Estimated Time

A few hours

Estimated Cost


Tools & Materials


  • Table saw or circular saw (optional)
  • Staple gun and 1/4-in staples
  • Utility knife
  • Straightedge
  • Hot-glue gun and glue stick


  • 1/4 x 2 x 2 pine plywood
  • 16 x 36 joist panning, #36439
  • allen + roth™ 18-in x 18-in pillow cover, #308216
  • 4 - 2-1/2-in rosette blocks, #123299
  • 2 - 7/8 x 1-7/8-in magnets, pack of 2, #185097
  • Small D-ring hanger (optional), #264577
  • Satin spray polyurethane or paint (optional)

Items may be Special Order in some stores. Product costs, availability, and item numbers may vary online or by market. Paint colors may vary slightly from those shown. Availability varies by market for lumber species and sizes.

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Create a Magnetic Board

Step 1

From the plywood, cut a square from 12 to 15 inches on each side.

Good to Know

If you don’t have a table saw or circular saw and straightedge, ask a Lowe’s associate to cut the panel to size.

Step 2

Apply a finish of your choice to the rosettes and let dry thoroughly.

Step 3

Trace plywood square on metal

Place the plywood square on a corner of the metal panning with two edges flush, and then trace around the edges with a fine-point permanent marker.

Step 4

Scribe along the marked lines on the sheet metal

Use a utility knife with a fresh blade to score along the marked lines. Make several firm passes until the line is etched. Carefully bend the metal to snap it. Repeat for the other marked line.

Step 5

Glue the metal to the plywood

Apply a dab of hot glue to each corner and the center of the plywood square. Then lay the metal sheet on the plywood with the edges flush.

Good to Know

Work carefully with the cut piece of metal. Scoring and snapping the steel can leave sharp edges and corners.

Add the Fabric Cover

Step 1

Turn the pillow cover inside out and cut carefully along the seams to create a large piece of fabric. Remove the zippers with scissors. Cut a fabric square about 3 inches larger on each side than the plywood-and-metal square.

Step 2

Flatten fabric corners.

Center the plywood-and-metal square on the inside face of the fabric square with the metal face down. Staple the fabric along one edge, stopping about 3 inches from each corner. Stretch the fabric tight across the front of the metal (without cutting into the material), and staple it along the opposite edge. Repeat for the other two edges. At each corner, fold the fabric flat and staple it in place. Trim off excess fabric as needed to flatten the back.

Step 3

Use hot glue to fasten a magnet to the center of each rosette back.

Step 4

If you plan to hang the magnet board, center a small D-ring hanger on the back near the top. Take care to avoid driving the screw through the plywood and into the metal.