Wednesday, June 27, 2012

DIY: Magnetic Message Boards

How do you keep a toddler (or child) entertained while they learn? (Or, keep emergency numbers or important information easily accessible for babysitters?) For kindergarteners, my sister uses magnetic message boards. I borrowed her idea to create changing art for the walls of Gates' nursery.
Gates' Nursery
NOTE: The magnetic alphabet letters I used are a choking hazard; they don't pass the toilet roll test. When I start using the message boards interactively with Gates, we'll be using either a Jumbo Magnetic Foam Letter alphabet set (available in lower case as well as upper case) or a handmade felt set.
Alphabet and Numbers


  • Scissors
  • Velcro
  • Metal platter(s)
  • Alphabet Letters
Supplies for Magnetic Message Board


  1. Test your metal platters to see if magnets will stick. (If you're buying platters at Goodwill, bring a magnet with you so that you buy the right ones. Our platters were from our wedding so we didn't purchase them specifically for this project. Half of the platters weren't usable for this project.)
  2. With your velcro aligned, cut both sides (soft and rough) in five to six inch strips.
  3. Affix two strips of the soft side of the velcro to the back of each platter.
  4. Stick the rough side of the velcro to the velcro that's attached to the platter.
  5. Remove the backing from the rough side of the velcro.
  6. Adhere the platter(s) to the wall.
DIY: Magnetic Message Board
Ciao Bella!
Credits: All images taken by Eden Hensley Silverstein for The Road to the Good Life.