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I’ve had this idea in the back of my head ever since I spotted Martha Stewart’s Magnetic Paint at Michael’s ($6.99). I finally put it into practice this weekend and my kiddos are loving it! The possibilities are endless of which types of scenes you can create. I liked the nativity scene because I found some great downloadable graphics.  Those sticker scenes from Oriental Trading could be used for this project, too.  I also played around with my scrapbooking supplies and came up with a simple beach scene:

Anyhow making these magnetic scenes is so easy (and fun!).


  • Martha Stewart Magnetic Paint Effect
  • Foam Brush or Paint Brush
  • Card stock or other heavy paper
  • Stick on magnets or sheets of magnets, scissors, & glue
  • Laminator


  1. Take your desired background paper (either printed on card stock or scrapbook paper or blank (like I used for nativity).  Paint the back side with 3 coats of magnetic paint.  You should wait about an hour between coats.  While you’re waiting for the paint to dry, feel free to move on the the following steps to speed things along.
  2. Print out your characters or items that will be used in the scene (i.e.  the people and animals of the nativity).  Cut them out individually and laminate them.  After they’re laminated, apply the magnets to the back side.
  3. Once your background page is dry and ready, laminate it.  It might get slightly curled from the paint, but it straightens out in the laminator.  No worries.

Now you have a cute little story board scene that can keep a child busy for hours.  Plus, it’s very durable.  If you’d like to include this in your Operation Christmas Child shoe boxes, I suggest putting all the little parts in a plastic baggie so they don’t get lost.  The laminated sheet should fit nicely around the edges of your shoe box if you make sure it’s not too big.

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Enter you link below to a blog post that showcases a great kid’s craft. I’d appreciate a link back to me in your blog post, and feel free to use the Made for You Monday Button as well. If you really need more detailed instructions than that, you can read the full details on how to link up here. Can’t wait to see your creations!

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10 Responses to {Homemade Magnetic Boards} Made for You Monday Link Up #2!

  1. Janny says:

    Thanks for coming to my blog and leaving a sweet comment. I’m glad you like my button bracelet. I just linked it up!

  2. Thanks so much for the magnetic board instructions! So much more fun than a felt board, too.

  3. Cheryl says:

    I’ve been wondering what you were up to with that paint:-). This is great.

  4. Maysem says:

    Thanks for stopping by my blog and inviting me to your linky party! Also thank you for your sweet comment:)

  5. LOVE the magnetic story board. What a cute idea.

    Thanks for the invite to join in your link party. Your blog is really nice!!!

  6. Carla says:

    I LOVE the homemade magnets! I’m going to share this on FB too! Thanks so much for linking up at Teach Me Tuesday — I hope we see you again next week!

  7. Carol Stump says:

    Amazing! I’ve been searching for a relatively inexpensive way to make magnetic activity books. The printable magnetic sheets for ink jet printers are great for making the “play pieces”, but they aren’t “receiver” magnets so they can’t be used for the background page. This paint seems to be the answer!

  8. Carrie says:

    What a great idea!! Thank you for sharing it at Sharing Saturday!! We hope you share with us again this week.

  9. Keitha says:

    I never thought about putting magnetic paint on paper. What a great idea!

  10. How fun is this idea.. Love it!
    thanks for linking up at Friday Fun Party

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