DIY magnetic art wall

Last year I had a "cursed" wall. I wish I took a picture of it for you, because it really was cursed.
It was ugly, damaged, and I couldn't staple a thing into it. I covered it with butcher paper (by taping and gluing it down) and used it as my art wall anyways. I struggled all year long to get artwork to stay up... because, sometimes you just gotta work with what you have.

This year I wasn't willing to deal with that wall. No way. Instead, I covered it up with sheet metal.
It was my sister's idea. She is a genius!!!
I got the sheet metal from a local heating and air conditioning company.
They were so nice and they cut it so it would fit my wall perfectly.
The best part: It only cost me $35.00.

It was wayyyy cheaper than a home improvement store... 
Don't you wish those places offered teacher discounts?

I didn't have to use a drill to get the sheet metal to stay up, instead I used double sided Duck Tape
By the way, that stuff is pretty much amazing and knocks the socks off of Teacher Tape.
And to keep the black polka-dotted boarder up, I used glue dots and so far it has worked like a charm!

Don't you love that adorable banner? My sweet mom helped me cut out all that felt and then she sewed it together for me. I'm lucky to have such a talented mama (and sisters).

I love my new wall! Now I use magnets with my students' names on them to hold their artwork.
My students think that magnets are pretty cool, too. They love putting up their own art.
For my magnets, I used a similiar idea to Mrs. Rojas over at Create, Teach, Inspire
and they turned out darling!

How do you display your students' artwork?


  1. That is a really great idea. I made the back of a bookshelf magnetic for my word work center using magnetic primer. The primer was $20 a pint, but I only needed one pint to do the shelf. Then I bought some mistake paint from Lowe's for only $9. It smells really bad so I would only do furniture you can take outside or a wall in a well ventilated room. I have pictures up on my blog of it. Magnets are so great in a classroom! Your wall looks great. I have a ugly wall that I do my best to hang things on, I may have to look into sheet metal for it! Thanks for the idea!


  2. Oh my golly...this is pretty much amazing!!! L.O.V.E. Sooooo super cute and ultra user friendly:)) Love the felt banner too!! I did a bunting out out laminated book covers and it hangs over my reading area:)

    4th Grade Frolics

  3. Ok WOW!!!!! I LOOOOVVE THAT! Ericka from firstgradeandfancyfree.blogspot.com asked me if I would want some sheet metal. I never ordered any and now I'm SO sad I didn't!!!!!

    P.S. your banner is adorable!

  4. Oh my, this is BRILLIANT!!! I love how it looks so beautiful AND it's functional. So cool!

  5. This is absolutely adorable! What a fantastic idea. My room is very small and I am always looking for ideas to display the children's work. Thank you for posting this!

  6. That's awesome!

    LOVE the magnetic names! I'm soooo doing that for our hallway which has metal walls. Yep, I'll do that when I have time, like maybe next June. ;)

  7. I love it! I have a magnetic wall in my kitchen so I was able to used the smaller sheet from Lowe's. Just so you know though you can also go to the roofing department and get the "flashing"
    Now - is there really a thing as double sided duck tape? I didn't see it on the site.
    Lessons Learned

  8. Oh my!! You are one lucky lady. Love the idea...sounds like something my husband would approve of. :) I so admire ingenuity! Enjoy!!

    First Grade Factory

  9. Absolutely LOVE it! What a clever idea!

  10. sydney: try the link again... i just linked it more directly! that stuff is different than duct tape (same brand) but it is pretty awesome!

  11. Brilliant! I love the kids putting their art work up with their own magnet!
    Finally in First

  12. Great idea!
    I also love the banner! I made one this summer and stapled it on my bulletin boards that are above my windows. I used Stitch Witchery, though, instead of sewing. Some of the little flags are coming off a little bit. When I take it down at the end of the year, I'll definitely have to run it through a sewing machine this summer.


  13. So cute! Oh and your wall is HUGE!! AWESOME IDEA! Makes my big magnet board look, well, little! hahahaha!

  14. Very cute! I have that same concept but with our "Campfire Stories". My kids love, love, love to display their hard work. It also makes your room look so homey!

  15. I had a cabinet that I got from a business dumpster and brought to school. One end was unfinished so my husband covered it in sheet metal and I hang all kinds of things on it...pouches for lunch money, forms for kids to see the counselor, etc. Love it.

    2B Honey Bunch

  16. They also sell paint at Lowe's that is magnetized. It's near the chalkboard/whiteboard paint.

  17. Hi, Lindsey!!
    I LOVE reading your blog, and love your ideas! After reading this particular post a few months ago, I bought sheet metal but had no plans with what to do with it...until last weekend! Check out what I did!


    Have a great weekend!

  18. Very creative! I wonder if it can be painted? Do you know?


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