Magnet Recipe Board
Lauren Paskal Bro applies chalkboard paint to a metal sheet as part of her process in creating her magnet recipe board.
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Materials and Tools:
1" balsa wood strip
heavy double-sided adhesive tape
twine and eyehook
acrylic paint, light blue, gray, brown, yellow, green, orange, red
glaze with burnt sienna
3" wood sign pieces
8 round 3/4" magnets
24-gauge galvanized metal, 11" x 17"
12" x 24" magnetic sheet with adhesive back
laminating sheets or laminating machine
ruler or measuring tape
pencil, scissors, cloth
rotary cutter and cutting mat
computer, scanner, printer
1. Gently sand the surface of the metal.
2. Cut the magnetic sheet to 11" x 17". Cut another piece 2" x 3" for the back of the recipe card.
3. Remove the paper from the back of the magnetic sheet and adhere it to the back of the metal.
4. Spray the metal with three coats of chalkboard paint, letting each coat dry in between. Wear a respirator when spraying the paint or spray in a well-ventilated area.
5. Measure and cut the 1-inch balsa wood strips into the following pieces for the frame:
- two 10-inch pieces
- two 16-inch pieces
- 4 inch piece
- 5 inch piece
6. Paint a light blue acrylic paint (looks white) base coat on all wood pieces, including the two wood signs and eight wood discs. Let dry.
7. Randomly smear petroleum jelly on the edges of the frame pieces, where the frame might be worn. The petroleum jelly will act as a resist when the topcoat of paint is applied.
8. Paint a coat of gray acrylic paint over the frame pieces using a sponge brush. Let dry.
9. Rub the edges of the frame pieces with a cloth. The topcoat of paint will be removed where the petroleum jelly was applied, allowing the base coat to show through. Sand the edges randomly.
10. Lightly sponge the burnt sienna tinted glaze over the frame pieces. Let dry.
11. Apply strips of heavy-duty double-sided adhesive tape along the four edges of the chalkboard-painted metal sheet. Remove the protective plastic strip from the tape.
12. Adhere the painted wood strips onto the tape along the four edges of the metal sheet creating the frame.
- Apply the double-sided adhesive tape to the lower right corner of the metal sheet 4 inches from the right side of the frame and 5 inches from the bottom of the frame to create the frame for the magnetic pieces.
- Remove the protective plastic from the tape and adhere the 4-inch and 5-inch painted wood strips to the tape.
13. Screw an eyehook into the front of the left side of the frame near the upper edge.
14. Tie a piece of twine to a piece of chalk. String the other end of the twine through the eyehook. Use a magnetic clasp to hold the chalk on the chalkboard.
15. Paint the wood signs and the borders of the wood discs with the gray paint using artist detail brushes. Let dry. Paint the words ingredients and menu on the wood signs.
16. Paint designs onto the wood discs with acrylic paints and a detail brush. The designs used were dessert, wine, veggies, meat, pasta, pastry, fish and chicken. Apply tinted glaze to age the wood signs and wood discs.
17. Glue round magnets to the back of the wood disc. Place the magnets on the small box in the lower right corner of the chalkboard-painted metal sheet.
18. Write the selected recipe on paper, paint illustrations of cookies in a cookie jar and the ingredients. Paint the recipe with watercolor paints. Let dry.
19. Scan the recipe into the computer, re-size it and print it out.
20. Laminate the printed recipe using laminating sheets or a laminating machine. Cut off the excess plastic around the image and adhere a piece of magnet sheet on the back of the laminated recipe. Place the recipe onto the chalkboard-painted metal sheet.
21. Attach the magnet recipe board onto the refrigerator, add the recipe card to the refrigerator and start cooking.
Lauren Paskal Bro is the ideal fun California girl. She grew up on the beaches of Los Angeles soaking up the sun. For as long as she can remember she has been obsessed with various art media. Her favorite pursuit is drawing and painting. When not working as an illustrator for the LA Times, she loves to make crafts. As a newlywed, she loves to cook for her husband and travel around the world searching for the perfect hike.