When I first this white metal board at IKEA I thought it would make a great inspiration board for my craft space (AKA closet in the spare bedroom). It sat around for a bit, but was finally hung over the weekend. As excited as I was to have it up, I was also a little disappointed at its blankness. True, I’m supposed to fill it with inspiring images and swatches and what-not, but in the meantime I couldn’t have an empty white rectangle hanging over my sewing machine. I needed inspiration for my inspiration board. Then yesterday, as I was getting caught up on some of my internet reading, I saw this week’s challenge at Iron Craft: Buntings and Garlands.
So, that is how the magnetic bunting came to be. And, I have to say, I think it’s the perfect bit of happiness for my big white metal board.
Here’s how I made mine, but you could easily make your own using larger/smaller triangles or scallops or anything else that floats your boat!
1. Gather supplies (magnetic sheets with adhesive backing*, ruler, decorative paper, scissors and/or rotary cutter, cutting mat). My magnetic sheets came in packs of 2 5X8 sheets. I cut them in half lengthwise before attaching my paper.
2. Cut paper to the size of the magnetic strips. Attach using the adhesive backing on the magnets.
3. Cut into smaller units as shown.
4. Snip the corners to make nifty little triangles. :)
Now hang them on your chosen surface and arrange to your liking.
It really does cheer up the space. Compare the before and after:
I tried using the leftover bits to hold papers onto the board, but they’re a smidge too small to be much use.
If you don’t have an inspiration board, go ahead and put them on your refrigerator for a festive look.
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