tutorial: magnetic alphabet board

When I first started using Pinterest

this was one of the first things I pinned :) 

When I first started using Pinterest…

I had very few pins, and only a couple of boards, not so much now!

When I first started using Pinterest…

I actually completed several projects – HA! 

This was one of them :)

I painted a border on mine because I wanted it to be cleaned up a bit and look a little neater & less industrial looking.

I wanted to cover the ugly logo on the pan too :)

MAGNETIC ALPHABET BOARD

Materials/Tools:

  • oil drip pan (found mine in the automotive section at Walmart for $10) – mine measures 25”W x 47”L
  • all-purpose cleaner
  • high gloss white spray paint
  • painter’s tape
  • double stick tape
  • 4 sets 3M Command Strips – Large
  • alphabet flash cards ( I used these because they had lower & uppercase letters as well as a picture to correlate with the letters)
  • magnetic letters – upper & lower case (I used these) (further note: if you can’t get these particular ones, try to get heavier duty magnet letters because the small plastic fridge ones won’t stick to the pan because of the weight of the cards)

Directions:

  1. Spray the pan surface with the all-purpose cleaner to start with a clean work surface.
  2. With the board lying flat on the ground, arrange and lay out the flashcards (not securely – we are just placing them down now to determine the layout) how you want them to look on the board.  I left a large space at the top for the alphabet, or as I like to call it, alphabet soup ;) – and placed the flashcards below.  I did it this way because even with the board right above the wall base board it was still pretty high for V to reach, and I wanted her to be able to get to the card matching section on her own (it’s also great because when it is not in use the alphabet soup is out of complete reach of T & his little grabby grab hands…ummm, do you see the capital letter “P” up there?  Yeah, well, that is courtesy of T & his mouth).
  3. Mark where the cards start at the top, the bottom & each of the sides.
  4. Remove cards & set aside.
  5. Tape off the middle section with the painters tape.  Cover the inside section where the cards were laid out using the marks you just made as a guide.  By doing so you will be making a border.
  6. Have the hubs spray paint the pan, concentrating on the un-taped border.
  7. Let paint dry & have hubs spray paint a second coat.
  8. Let second coat dry.
  9. Lay out all 26 cards once again using double stick tape to secure them to the pan.
  10. Follow the package instructions on securing the 3M Command Strips to the wall and pan.
  11. Attach 3M Command Strips to the back of the pan in each corner, top, and bottom, using all 4 sets.
  12. Add magnetic letters to the board & let the kiddos go to town with letter learning :)

Adapted from here.

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Inspired by: Bunting

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I am currently OBSESSED with bunting!  What is bunting?  Well, let me break it down for you…they are super sweet little flags that decorate cakes, tables, parties, cards, etc.  I can’t stop looking at all the cuteness!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  From paper, to tape, to fabric, to wood…eeeekkkk…look at all those pretty little flags!  I have so many ideas…but here are just a few I adore:

This gorgeous picture backdrop over at Vintage Fern.

This mini bunting birthday card at How About Orange.

This super cute glitter cake bunting at The Sweetest Occasion.

This scrap birthday bunting by Made by Me & Shared with you Leafy Treetop Spot.

How will I bring these beautiful ideas into my life?  Well, this is what have I done so far with bunting:

TAPE

I played around with some washi tape (here’s a site for washi tape that I LOVE) using these tools:

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and what might you ask can you do with it…well, let me tell you, folks :)

you can put your logo on it, like so:

or attach it to skewers & pretty up your plants, like so:

or let little miss V “borrow” it for the party in her "Little People" house :)

the possibilities are endless & the wheels are turning with the washi tape & bunting combo!

WOOD

I ordered these from my favorite site, "Pick Your Plum".  It’s like a daily "Groupon"-type thing, with all crafty & stylish products, every day it’s something new…LOVE IT!!!  So back to my wooden bunting, they are blank pendants for you to do what you want.  This is what they look like in all their blank prettiness:

and this is kind of an idea of what I want to do with them:

Can you see what I’m dreaming of?

The plan is to "Mod Podge" (here’s a really cool blog about "Mod Podge" & creative things to do with it) fabric or paper to them and then connect them with ribbon, back & forth in size to spell out “HAPPY” on the big ones, and birthday” on the small ones.  I want to use it every year for the kiddos’ birthdays, so I don’t have to reinvent the wheel every year.  They are wood, so my thinking is that they will hold up for several years (here’s to hoping that my thinking is spot on – HA – it’s usually not – in reality I see this lasting a year ;)

You’ll just have to stayed tuned…to see what they turn out like ;)

PAPER

And here’s the paper one I made last year for V’s birthday (can you tell she’s a YGG fan?):

Are you inspired?!

What kind of bunting will you make?  I would LOVE to see what you come up with!!! :)

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