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May 4, 2010

Two Tips Tuesday: Memo Board with Knob Magnets & DIY Body Scrub

Tip #1: Re-Purposed Mirror turned Magnetic Memo Board with Knob Magnets 

This was a craft rescue that saved this little shelf's life. I have been carting around this mirrored shelf since college.  I have, what I still consider, a mystifying attachment to it.  I have no idea why.  I think I found it at Michael's or some other well known place.  It was not some vintage or antique find.  It was a mirror, framed like a window with a little shelf.  A dime a dozen. But I just love it.

One day our well fed (yet sadly, deceased) cat decided to pull it off the wall and broke the mirror.  I was so sad and hubby said we would replace it.  But it never happened.  I was struck with a stroke of genius (actually, it was a horribly misguided choice of decor and I am really not sure what led to this severely flawed decorating maneuver) but I thought I would cut a shirt and frame it where the mirror was.  Yes.  A shirt. I will wait while you digest this information and hover over the backspace button...

This is my genius at work.  I think I was going for a poorly identifiable shabby chic and I just ended up framing a shirt and putting it on my wall.  For years.  Oh, the horror.

So I decided a much needed upgrade was due.  With a little spray paint, sheet metal, frighteningly strong magnets, and drawer pulls and knobs, I made this...

This turned out looking so fresh and I am excited I will actually be able to use it. 
And it will be shirtless. :) 
If you are interested in how I did it, read on...

First, I took off the hardware before spray painting.  This is me actually putting it back on.  Just keeping it real.

Spay paint it.  Cut sheet metal to size.  I needed to use 2 pieces but had the advantage of having the window part hide the separate pieces.

 Ta Da!

Now on to the knobs...forgive the dark photos.  Did this at night...
I chose some inexpensive knobs and even shopped around my house and found the white ones from an old bench I have.

 I ended up using both the super glue and a glue gun for the magnets.

I first needed to fill this hole where a screw would normally go in this knob.  I hunted through my beads and found two that would work. I used super glue and used a tiny, crystal bead for the center.
I love how it gives the feel of a glass knob.

OK. Here is where my patience wears thin.  
I am not good at watching paint dry or in this case, watching glue dry.  And the superglue needed longer than the 30 seconds it called for.  Also, these super, powerful magnets were scaring the daylights out of me! As in, if they got at least a foot away they would snap together in thin air and I would scream with both girls sleeping. All six of them actually flew and attached to my lamp! Scared 7 years off my life. I kept putting the camera on the floor, petrified they would attach to it and ruin it too. A stressful craft, I tell you.
Another option is to use a glue gun and attach felt circles to the bottom of each knob so it will adhere to the magnet easier and quicker.

Make sure the felt is a smaller circumference than the knob so when it is on the memo board, you can't see it. This worked in a snap.  (But the superglue DID work great.  In like 5 minutes.  Yes,  I am THAT impatient.

I am going to have fun shopping for different knobs to add to this.  

I will be linking this project  to:

 Tip #2:  Yummy Body Scrub (Yes.  You can eat it...if you want to)

Squeeze juice from half a lemon
1 teaspoon of honey
8 tablespoons of brown sugar

This exfoliating scrub was something I found in Cottage Living Magazine about 5 years ago. I love it so much and I actually shared this tip on my very first Two Tips Tuesday EVER. Check it out here.  So I decided to share it again since a lot of you were not visiting me here back then. The recipe that time I adapted for only a few uses since I usually just use it on my face.  The recipe above makes a great body scrub in the shower.  I suggest you test it on small patch of skin before using it in case you are allergic to one of the ingredients.

 Makes a great gift too!
I put the scrub in a washed jelly jar, wrapped it with garden twine (found in the $1 section at Target...yippee!), and attached with printed label and spoon.

Here is how I did the lid wrapped in twine...
Thoroughly wash the lid and grab your trusty glue gun.

Begin to make a spiral circle with your twine.  I did mine to measure the circumference of the white pop top in the middle of the lid.

Once you have your circle formed, hot glue it to the center.  After that just place dabs of hot glue around the outside of the circled twine as you wind it until the whole lid is covered.

Happy Tuesday to all my friends on...


  1. that Memo Board ROCKS!!
    and i soo want to eat the exfoliating scrub lol
    Love it!

  2. Love them both!

  3. Love the memo board!!! The knob idea is great! Thanks for sharing :)!

  4. That memo board is awesome! What a cool idea and now I want to make one!

  5. What a clever idea to use drawer pulls as magnets! Love it!

  6. The board is amazing, you did such a great job! I really am going to be trying the body scrub, it looks yummy :o)

  7. gotta stop! Stop making us all look so bad :) That magnetic board is so cool! I like the word FRESH that you used...but then you already used it, so all I got left is COOL! But seriously I LOVE IT! Jessica you need yoru own T.V show! & when you do...I want to come work for you! :)

    That scrub looks awesome too! Hope you are having a crazy fun day with those girls!

  8. ok I am not a crafty person per se, I can't see myself ever doing either of these but I am in LOVE with that mirror, shirt, window magnet thing!!! that is so cool and cute and brilliant! and the body scrub looks great, I should try it, but will I? I don't know but what a GREAT gift idea!!! it is so homey and wonderful! I have never gotten this excited about TTT!

  9. I LOVE the magnet board--LOVE it! Where can I get one of those mirror/window/shelf things?? I will definitely keep my eyes open. And those knobs--L.O.V.E them!! Where did you get your super strong super scary magnets?

  10. I am falling in love with your tips every week :) I absolutely love your idea of turning knobs into magnets! How perfect! Not to say that the before framed shirt was bad....but this turned out great! I love the blue and metal together, a total transformation :)

  11. Loving the magnet board!!!

    m ^..^

  12. I love how you decorated your body scrub jar, it looks awesome!

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  14. Love these two tips. Especially #1, how cool looking!

    Thanks for your comments today. It's so smart that you're teaching your girls at such a young age. It will really sink in and just come naturally to them as they get older.

    Hope life os going great for you :)

  15. two words: YUM YUM! i just made the body scrub for our babysitter for mother's day. i had a little sample and am definitely going to have to make some for myself. what a treat...thanks for sharing!

  16. I love how you thought of using the knobs for the magnets. I am super lovin the the blue color of the frame too!

  17. Love your magnet board... and your tip for covering the jelly jar top with twine is fabulous! I can't wait to try that out!
    We have a Friday Fun Finds linky party... we'd love it if you'd link to this. :)

  18. Love the memo board! As a matter of fact, I repurposed an old frame the same way. It hangs by the front door.

    I'd end up sitting in the tub eating the body scrub. And that aint right!

  19. Make some of this for me!!! I need no fancy lid though, just accompanying lotion- How about some miracle homemade lotion for dry skin too? Any more secret recipes? I need some good lotion- my face is so dry.
    Jennifer N

  20. I'd love to know more about the sheet metal part of this project! I have wanted to use it for several, but wasn't sure exactly where to purchase, or how to cut it, or how to make sure I didn't leave sharp edges. If you wouldn't mind sharing, I would really appreciate it!

  21. Virginia,
    I so, so, so wish I was an expert and could be an ideal resource for you. But this was my first time using sheet metal. My husband has metal cutting shears (????) and they inevitably leave a sharp edge. Since I laid it in the back of a frame, I was not worried about exposed sharp edges. I have been wanting to use it again myself but have the same dilemma of safety. Using the right tool made cutting it very easy. It leaves a SMOOTH edge but it is still very sharp. We got it at Lowes or Home Depot.

    Good luck Virginia!

  22. I'll have to use my old window to make a memo board now. Thanks for the idea!

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