Cookie Sheet Magnetic Memo Board

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Don't toss that old cookie sheet away! Give it a splashy makeover and upcycle it into a magnetic memo board or message center.
Find all the DIY steps and the materials I used in my full tutorial!
I decided to treat myself to new cookie sheets and was about to put this in the donation pile when I realized it could be repurposed as a magnetic memo board, perfect for my home office (or kitchen).
First, I gave it a makeover with some fresh green paint- it's completely transformed already! Bye-bye scuffs, scars, and rust.
After the paint dried, I attached a swatch of vintage fabric to the pan- I love how it complements the green paint! Find out how I did this in my full tutorial here!
Last step- I gave it a coat of clear sealant to protect the paint finish. Now it's ready to use as a reminder center- business cards, to-do lists, ideas, recipes, phone numbers, you name it.
And if you want to hang it, drill a couple of small holes through the flat handles (on either side), insert a small nut/bolt through each hole, and string picture-hanging wire between them. Right now, mine just leans against the wall- but hanging it would be awesome as well.

Suggested materials:

  • Cookie Sheet  (Kitchen, Thrift Store)
  • Paint  (Home Improvement Store)
  • Fabric  (Thrift Store, Craft Store)

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Want more details about this and other DIY projects? Check out my blog post!


Have a question about this project?

3 of 4 questions
  • Linda
    on Jan 13, 2016

    is this a metal tray ? mine looks like that but is a sturdy plastic

    • Cathy David
      on Dec 23, 2016

      There is magnetic paint you can use on the plastic to make it magnetic. Might need several coats but it also works on any surface (walls, doors, chalk boards ,etc.

  • Lisa Reimer
    on Mar 3, 2016

    What kind of paint do you use?

  • Shi29220786
    on Sep 9, 2017

    Does it make any difference what kind of paint you use - will it still be magnetic regardless of the paint texture

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  • Marjorie Fuhst French
    on Jun 22, 2017

    When my granddaughter was little I attached small magnets to the backs of paper dolls and their outfits. We kept them on a small pan and she played with them in the car.
  • J Smith
    on May 10, 2020

    Reminder that this will not work if your cookie sheet is aluminum

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