DIY for Beginners- Magnetic Board

Technically, I don’t even know if this qualifies as a DIY because I literally did nothing more than plug in a hot glue gun.

Recently, my son discovered that the dishwasher is magnetic and has been having a lot of fun moving the magnets around on there.  Unfortunately, it seemed that the magnets might be scratching the stainless surface so we had to nix this activity…. for now.

I was determined to come up with an alternative for him, as I was really pleased with how well he was standing with his hands full and wanted to help him develop this skill even further.  After a bit of searching (pinterest is the best, isn’t it??), I found the most simple solution.

This is an oil drip pan, found in the auto section at Walmart.  This thing is MASSIVE- and the best part? It’s only $12. I quickly collected a few various items to use as fun magnets, like hot wheels cars, bug and dinosaur figurines, and foam letters.  I purchased flexible magnets (from Michaels) and hot glued them together.

I have it leaned against the wall in our ‘temporary housing’ right now, but my plan is to screw it into the wall of his new play room (.  I definitely wouldn’t leave it leaning, as he has tried to pull it down several times already, but it will be fine until we move.  I also plan to paint it to match his play room down the road (with metal- safe spray paint and perhaps a sealer on top).

He loves taking them off and on and ‘vrooming’ the cars all over- I mark this little project as a success!

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Tom and Lauren Tate met each other in college and fell in love (there may or may not have been alcohol involved). Years later, they got married, had a baby and now live happily in Southeastern PA with their little boy. Lauren manages the home, while Tom manages projects at a software company. While their interests range from cooking and working out (her) and playing guitar and video games (him), together they manage to maintain a blog, Little Old Home (www.littleoldhome.com).

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Jennifer
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You can also buy paint for the wall in different colors that is magnetic. I know they sell it at Home Depot.

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