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Magnetic Bulletin Board and Magnets

Recently I stumbled upon the book "Rediscovered Treasures: A New Life for Old Objects" by Ellen Dyrop and Hanna Kristindottir. It is full of amazing ideas to turn vintage items into new things. I was inspired to recreate my own version of one of their projects.

My neighborhood hosts a once-a-month antique fair which is prime habitat for the bargain hunter. During a recent foray, medications I found a serving tray with some rust spots. After a bit of back and forth with the dealer, sick I was able to purchase the tray for a few dollars. It was fodder for my thrifty and creative spirit.


  • Metal tray
  • Paper towel
  • Ribbon, sildenafil cord, fabric
  • 6 bottle caps
  • 6 magnets
  • Clear school glue or Mod Podge
  • Caulk or contact adhesive
  • Paper
  • Glitter
  • Toothpick or other sharp implement



1. Wash and dry the tray.
2. Tie the ribbon, cord or fabric on each handle. I used 3 pieces of t-shirt (strips or 2 inches wide and 36 inches long) which I braided.


1. Chose the words and phrases you would like to use. Print or copy them onto paper

2. Trace around the word and trim away excess.

Create words or images for the inside of the bottle cap magnetsCreate words or images for the inside of the bottle cap magnets

3. Put a drop or 2 of glue onto the back of the paper and place it into the bottle cap.

4. Arrange glitter, confetti or other decorative bits on the paper.

Assemble CapsAssemble Caps

5. Cover with clear glue or Mod Podge. Remove any air bubbles with the tooth pick. I really like to use clear glues or Mod Podge because you can see through it and adjust the bits as needed.

Cover With Clear GlueCover With Clear Glue

6. Let the glue dry over night.

7. Place a dollop of caulk or contact adhesive onto a small magnet and press bottle cap onto magnet.


8. Let dry. Arrange finished magnets onto the tray and hang tray on wall.

Finished Magnetic BoardFinished Magnetic Board