DIY Magnetic Board Schedule

5 Materials
$60
4 Hours
Easy
When my son started trying to ‘cut deals’ with me on when to do homework, and when to go outside and play -or use electronics for that matter- I knew I needed to create a daily schedule board for him. I don’t want to be so rigid, but I also want to teach him that we can’t do it all. Sometimes, we need to compromise or change things around. This DIY Magnetic Board Schedule turned out to be a fun project to make.
Materials You Will Need
  • 1 Framed fabric pinboard. Minimum inside dimensions: 22.5 in x 17.5 in
  • 1 - 24 in x 3 ft galvanized steel sheet
  • Tin snips (not pictured)
  • Spray adhesive  - preferably high-strength.
  • Painter’s tape (not pictured)
  • Crafting scissors
  • Thin washi tape
  • Fine point marker
  • Ruler
  • Calculator
  • Magnet sheets
  • Printer
First, you will need to attach the galvanized sheet to the board.


  • Measure the inside of the pinboard and with the tin snips, cut the metal sheet 1/4 in shorter on each side.
  • Tape the frame and 1/4 in more on each inner side, to protect those areas from spray adhesive.


Spray both surfaces (pinboard and metal sheet), according to can directions. The two pieces will be ready to be attached when the glue is tacky to the touch and leaves no residue on the skin.
Make slight pressure on the metal sheet to avoid air spaces. Remove the tape and wipe the metal sheet clean with a paper towel and a mild surface cleaner.
Measure again, and with the help of a calculator, mark the divisions where the calendar lines will go. Just mark the points, you don't need to trace the lines.
Make the lines down and across with the thin washi tape.
Print the calendar headers on a magnet sheet. You can download the calendar headers for free on my blog post: DIY Magnetic Board Schedule
Cut the headers and stick them on the board cells.
I printed a few other sheets with all kind of activities and routines we have.
Here is a final look at the board with all the activities. The moment I showed my son the board, he loved it. It’s almost like a board game for him. My main goal with this project is to teach him time management, responsibility, and most of all, I want him to learn to compromise.


For more details on this project and a list of activities, as well as a free download, head over to my blog.
Suggested materials:
  • Framed Pinboard   (HomeGoods)
  • Galvanized Metal Sheet   (Lowe's)
  • Spray adhesive   (Amazon)
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Flavia Andrews
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  • Kara Wurtzel Kara Wurtzel on Oct 30, 2017
    What a fantastic idea!

  • Graci Graci on Apr 09, 2020

    I am a retired teacher who specializes in autism and that is exactly what I did for my classroom schedules except I used cookie sheets and put magnets on the back of the activity name. great idea especially when kids don’t have a schedule at home now

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