DIY Magnetic Memo Board

I wrote this post as part of a paid campaign with Plaid Crafts, Michaels and Blueprint Social. The opinions in this post are my own. 
Are you a list maker? If so, we're already BFFs. You should see my desk at work. SO many lists all over the place. I go through memo pads almost as fast as I make it through a bag of Lindt chocolate truffles. (Eh, maybe not quite as fast because I can take down some chocolate truffles).  Now, this compulsion isn't as pervasive at home. I just have one list - a grocery list on the refrigerator. I do transfer this to digital before I go shopping but having it visible on the fridge reminds me to jot things down throughout the week. Michael's and Plaid Craft challenged me to use Spring Wood Surfaces in a project so I decided to spruce up my memo space on the fridge!

Supplies needed to create your own magnetic memo holder: wooden scroll plaque (Spring Wood Surfaces from Michael's), acrylic paint, paintbrush, hot glue gun, magnets, notepad, tiny piece of ribbon

Step 1: Use acrylic paints to paint the surface of the wooden plaque. Painting the nooks and crannies of the scrollwork would take a bit of time so I didn't worry about it too much. For paint, I mixed blue, off-white and a little bit of lime green.

Step 2: Hot glue magnets to the back of the board. I had magnetic strips on hand so that's what I used but that is NOT what I recommend. I recommend the circular magnets that are really strong (either the silver metallic ones or the black ones). I can tell you from previous experience that these strips won't hold as long as I'd like. 
Step 3: Take a tiny bit of ribbon and glue it down to one side, leaving a bubble in the middle. This is where your pen will reside. 
Step 4: Glue a notepad on the other side of the memo board. 
Step 5: Put the memo board on a hard, flat surface. Cover with several heavy books or objects and let it sit overnight. This will help the magnets adhere to the wood. 

That's it! A very simple project that really changes the look of the refrigerator. You could just slap a magnetic notepad on the fridge but this is much better, right? And I did a little search for memo holders like this and couldn't find any. So it's good looking, affordable, unique and will match your color scheme!

Speaking of color schemes, as I was photographing the memo board, I notice lots of other things in my kitchen that matched perfectly.
I can't say that I have aqua/robin's egg blue anywhere else in my apartment but somehow the kitchen is full of it. Maybe I associate the color with hunger or food? Who knows? At least it's pretty. :)

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  1. Very pretty! I've noticed that I put colors in my kitchen that I don't have anywhere else as well. I wonder if there's something to what you said about associating a color with food... :)

  2. What the heck is that bottom item?

  3. Thanks, @A Provervs 31 Wife! @slgibbs1 It's a silicone oven mitt. Works like a dream.

  4. The color is so great! Thank you for sharing the tutorial!
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