If your kids are anything like mine, you may find yourself needing more refrigerator space as the kids head back to school. Children love to show off their schoolwork and I found a fun way to display their pieces. Using a few household items, I was able to create chalkboard magnets that each we could personalize for each child.

DIY Chalkboard Magnets

Knowing that clips would be necessary for holding papers, altered mouse traps seemed like the perfect item to fit the need. The large spring clips can hold plenty of papers in various sizes. Then, using a DIY Chalkboard Paint, I painted each trap so that we could easily change the text of the magnet throughout the school year.

Creating the magnets took under 30 minutes and were less than $2 each to make.

Warning: If you will be making the clipboard magnets with your children, always be sure to supervise them and take on any potentially-dangerous portions of the project on your own! Children can safely help decorate their magnet after Step 3!


  • Mouse Traps
  • Wire Cutters
  • Magnets
  • 1 tbsp Non-Sanded Grout
  • 1/2 cup Acrylic Paint, any color (based on your taste)

Directions for DIY Chalkboard Paint:

1. Mix Non-Sanded Grout and Acrylic Paint together until well blended, with few lumps. Done!

Directions for Chalkboard Magnets:

1. Remove all but large spring clip from mouse traps using the wire cutters.

2. Sand down any rough edges or artwork from mouse traps.

3. Paint each trap with DIY chalkboard paint. Use caution when working with clip.

4. Let dry. Add magnet to backside.

5. Using chalk, write your own message on each chalkboard magnet.

6. Display artwork, notes, schedules and more on the refrigerator or other magnetic surface.

In no time, each of your back-to-school notes, calendars, homework, and more can be organized and found, all in one place. Change up the magnets as the school year progresses or customize each one to fit your specific needs! Display lunch menus, athletic schedules, excellent grades, or school notes using your DIY Chalkboard Magnets.

You can find much more from Staci Salazar at her blog, 7 on a Shoestring!

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