Magnetic Picture Frames

posted on March 6, 2010 by  |  posted under Crafting, Decorating, Do It Yourself, Gift Giving  |  18 Comments

Magnetic Picture Frames

Magnetic Picture Frames

magnetic picture board 2

A table saw…are you serious!?!   Three years ago I didn’t even know what one was let alone how it worked, but my husband and I needed a way to pay off student loans.  My husband was working his rear off, but we needed to get rid of that lingering interest that was growing on a chunk of our student loans.  As a mother of little ones,  going to work and paying for daycare was more expensive than staying home {{although there are some days it would be worth it}} so I needed to figure out a way to make some cash!

A friend encouraged me to start crafting and using saws to make it worth it.  Once again…are you serious?  I didn’t even know how to use a drill,  let alone a table saw!

I grabbed my husband’s drill out of the garage and started drilling into a scrap board until I got the hang of it.  Then I asked my husband to teach me how to use the table saw. He questioned it, but then showed me how.   I use the table saw often now, but be prepared…it gives you a huge sense of accomplishment!  And I always tell my husband not to worry about me taking his ‘man card’…

So, if you are wondering how to use a saw to do these magnetic picture frames…well, here is the tutorial on how to do it!

Remember the scrap 2×4 decor.  This is another project will cost you pennies {{okay maybe not pennies, but it’s very thrifty}}


I had to pull the table saw out of the back of the garage.  Man, I need to clean out my garage!  It’s been a little cold so that’s been my excuse.  Today is nice, but I’m blogging.  I’ll get to it:)

Anyway, I raised my blade about 1/2 inch.


Then you have to slant it.  I am undoing the lock so that I can slant it in the picture above.


The blade is slanted to 8 degrees.

Magnetic Picture Frames

I also moved my measuring devise…the metal thing on top of the table saw to 1 inch.  I know I’m using real technical words ‘thing’ and ‘device.’  Thank goodness for pictures:)

Do a test run on your board first.  In other words, I always screw up the first one that I attempt so I like to make me feel better by calling it a test run:)

Run the board all the way through the table saw.   I am not very brave and getting my hands too close to the blade, that was a dumb statement, but really…I like to make sure the board is extra long so I don’t get anywhere near the blade.   The board was about 3 feet and I only need about 20 inches.

Magnetic Picture Frames

Safety first…glasses and goggles.  You can see why my husband married me!  I need to find some pink ear ‘muffs’:)

Magnetic Picture Frame

Yep…test run.  I cut it too deep.  I backed the blade down a little.  It needs to be half or a little less than half or the board will be too weak and split.  Crappy cracking crafts aren’t good!

Magnetic Picture Frames

I used precise measurements to see how long I needed to cut the the 2×4.  I will have a tutorial on how to use a chop saw.  It’s coming up.  I know{{ I know}}…talk about an exciting post…I can sense your vibes coming through the computer screen!  BUT wait until you see what we make with it:)  Okay back to the precise measurement.  I can never find a blasted measuring tape at my house.  I think I bought 6 this summer at the dollar store and they disappeared in 2 weeks.  Although I did find one in my daughters suit case last week???  So yes, it’s a precise measurement with the items that I can find.  It is around 20 inches because my sheet metal is 18 inches square.  The sheet metal…I found at a metal shop.  People ask me about what gauge it is…I don’t know.  But what I do know is that it is not flimsy and it does not curl.  It just needs to be stiff so it will stand on its’ own.  Always buy the cheaper kind:)

Magnet-Board-011 Ta-da…

Now if you don’t have a table saw or don’t care to ever use one, have your neighbor do it for you!

I’ve also seen the 2×4’s at the craft store.  They are more expensive and you won’t get the amazing sense of accomplishment over using a power tool, but whatever…the magnetic picture frames will be displayed beautifully in your home and you’ll be proud no matter what!

So here is one that is used for holding pictures.


I Mod Podged the board with paper

and stuck the metal in!

magnetic picture board 2

Put Missy’s beautiful picture of a bridge in New York using magnets and turned it into Magnetic Picture Frames!

I’ve also done magnetic picture frames that are 7 inches long with a piece of metal that is 6 inches square.  They were for holding recipes…so I guess they’d be called magnetic recipe holders.

Those are great gifts to give!

Magnetic Picture Frames

    1. March 6th, 2010 at 7:22 am
      Jess says:
      I love that you are not afraid of man tools. I currently use a hand saw, but i am going to ask for Home Depot gift cards for everything that I might get a gift for this coming year. LOL
    2. March 6th, 2010 at 7:34 am
      Heather says:
      Great idea … thanks for sharing your technique! My dad is currently helping me learn how to use all the power tools while we build a piece of furniture together! Can't wait to get out there on my own and make some stuff :)
    3. March 6th, 2010 at 9:48 am
      Heidi@TheCraftMonkey says:
      I haven't quite gotten up the courage to use the saw yet, I have visions of me in the emergency room sans a hand or finger. But soon, hopefully I'll work up the courage soon. (I'm a little clutzy - that's the reason for my fear) haha!
    4. March 6th, 2010 at 10:36 am
      Shelley says:
      You look so totally hot Alison! :) I love that 'real life' picture.
    5. March 6th, 2010 at 10:47 am
      Lara says:
      I've been waiting for a post like this! I have one of these that I received as a gift... and I've been dying to know how to duplicate it! THANK YOU!
    6. March 6th, 2010 at 12:03 pm
      Diane {} says:
      great tutorial and idea, I love it!
    7. March 6th, 2010 at 1:37 pm
      Hask says:
      Holy headgear, Allison! Your saw-work is fabulous. You should do a Howdoesshe on mounting a photo on skinny pressboard! :)
    8. March 6th, 2010 at 6:03 pm
      Natalie Kay says:
      Alison~ I would have never guessed that you were once shy of a saw! I guess I'm feeling grateful that I took shop in middle school and have a mom that's Mrs. Toolbox. I don't think that I would have been the type to learn without that. --But I haven't really had projects to work on since I've been married and everything requiring a tool was quickly done by my husband who's favorite room of the house is the garage! I think my mom wanted me to share in her love of tools again so she gave me my own tool set for Christmas.... given with the intent to do crafts. Thank you for all of these posts on how to make craft projects. It has given me projects to break it my new tools! Oh, I'm going to make my mama proud!
    9. March 6th, 2010 at 9:14 pm
      Debbie says:
      Love the frame! How do you mount the picture to it?
    10. March 8th, 2010 at 9:18 pm
      Marie says:
      I love what you did!! But I'm trying to figure out were the Magnets come in?? Where are they? Do you place the picture against the Metal Sheet then put magnets on the pictures to hold them in place? Thanks Marie...
      • March 8th, 2010 at 9:49 pm
        Alison says:
        All we had were leap pad learning magnets at the time we took the picture. So we just stuck a piece of tape behind it to hold it on. I like the look of the magnet holding the picture on so next time I'm at the store I will be grabbing some! I like to use the small and simple ones for this project.
        • March 9th, 2010 at 9:56 am
          Marie says:
          Makes sense to me now!! Thanks for the awesome Idea!!! Have a wonderful day!! :o)
    11. March 10th, 2010 at 8:02 am
      Liz@HoosierHomemade says:
      Wow, how cool is that? And you look so cute in your "head gear"!
      Thanks for sharing!
    12. March 11th, 2010 at 7:50 pm
      LisaB says:
      Love the picture frames. Please be safe when using a table saw, you might want to check out getting a push stick/push shoe. They are explained here:
    13. January 15th, 2011 at 7:51 pm
      Emma says:
      Thanks for the clear directions. I need every little instruction there is! The 8 degree angle and "don't cut too deep", are very good suggestions. Thank you so much!
    14. March 12th, 2011 at 8:51 pm
      Virginia Bittinger says:
      I love this! Would the magnets still stick if you painted the metal?
    15. November 27th, 2011 at 7:13 pm
      Robin says:
      Now I want a table saw! Only I don't know where I'd put it. Love the magnetic picture frame though!
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