Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Magna Chalkdoodle Tutorial

I got my products for The DIY Club for a February project (I know it’s March, but I’m obviously slow), I had to really think about what I would make. I came up with the Magna Chalkdoodle.
It’s a chalkboard that is also magnetic! Combine that with some customized magnets and some chalk, and you’ve got the Magna Chalkdoodle.
This project was inspired by my two oldest kids who are both in preschool right now and are fascinated with letters and writing. These are great for church, the car, quiet time, or whenever!
Let’s see the Magna Chalkdoodle in action:
All those pictures with letters on them are magnets! My kids simply stick them on to their Magna Chalkdoodle and can start writing/doodling away.
My 5-year old is learning how letters come together to form words.
While my 4-year old is mastering her letters, both upper- and lowercase.
So proud!
Magnets and washcloth store in a manilla envelope on the back.
Combine that with a chalk roll (I used this tutorial from The Pleated Poppy), and everything packs up nice and neat for easy clean-up and storage.
Here’s a little rundown on how this came about.
I was sent Chalkboard Paint from DecoArt and Superglue from Gorilla Glue.
I wanted to do something different with chalkboard paint, so I figured “Why not make it magnetic also?” I did that by using magnetic primer on an old clipboard. Magnetic-primerI began with an old clipboard, but may I offer some advice?
Save yourself the headache of removing the clipboard hardware and just get a piece of wood. I didn’t do this, so I had to fill the holes with wood putty, then sand it.
Then go ahead and use the magnetic primer.
Once that is dry, cover with chalkboard paint. I painted on the back side about an inch or so around the edges since my paper didn’t quite cover the entire back. Paper was applied using Mod-Podge.
Last superglue a manilla folder to the back so you have a place for storage.
For the magnets, I used printable magnet paper made by Silhouette.
You can create your shapes using Microsoft ClipArt, Picnic clipart, or whatever your preference is. I used the Silhouette program and the "print and cut" feature, and printed all my pictures out on the magnet paper.
Then if you have a cutting machine, send it through to cut the magnets out for you. Otherwise, grab a pair of scissors and cut away.
*Note: I will be putting up a tutorial tomorrow to show exactly how these magnets were made.
Tutorial is now up for these. Click here.
Now it’s easy to grab for hours of entertainment for those eager minds!!!Finished-Magna-Chalkdoodle


  1. What is the chaulkboard made of...board, tin? And did you know that there are chalk"sticks" that have holders, kindof look like pens, so that your hands don't get chaulky and you don't smear it on your clothes or yourself?
    I love this though!!!! Thanks for sharing

  2. Really cute! I'm sure your kids love them :)

  3. What a great idea! Love the combo of chalkboard and magnetic board. Your photos are fantastic also. Thanks for sharing. ~Molly

  4. That turned out even better than I envisioned when you explained it me. The magnet shapes you picked are so cute and bright, and I love that you put the upper and lower case letters on them all. :) Love ya!

  5. I love those magnets - so bright! I bet my boys would love these!

  6. I would love to have a copy of your cute magnets. Would you be willing to share??

  7. That is awesome! Where did you get the cute magnets that you printed?

  8. Gibb Family & Lizzy - I put up a tutorial on making the magnets here:

    As long as you have paid for all the shapes, I am happy to share the files, but for legal purposes I can't just give them to you. Thanks!

  9. That's such a cute idea! Great for in the car too! Love it! Thanks so much for linking up to my Catch a Glimpse party!

  10. What a fantastic idea! My daughter loves drawing iwth chalk and adding the option of magnets is just fantastic! Thank you so much for sharing!
    M x

  11. So cute and I love the chalk roll too!

  12. LOVE this Tam!

    I'll be featuring it on my blog next week - linked back here of course!


  13. Love this idea!! I love using the magnetic paint under the chalkboard :) Would love for you to come link up to Handmade Tuesdays @ Ladybug Blessings! www.ladybug-blessings.com

  14. love it! Sharing it on fb and twitter!

  15. Love it a great do it yourself post too with all of the photos. Thanks for sharing. And I didnt know about the chalk sticks in comment above interesting =)

  16. Love this!! I am so going to try my hand at one of these!! Thanks for sharing!!

  17. Love this, but why did you fill in the holes; you could have added cord to hang up?

  18. I featured this tutorial in my "Top Ten CRAFTS I loved this week".
    It's an awesome tutorial!!!



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