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Fashionista Magnet Board

Day #2 Of May Arts / Graphic 45 Blog Week!

Fashionista Magnet Board


I discovered this rusty metal table top tossed aside in a dusty corner of an antique store. As soon as I saw it, visions of a magnetic pin board popped into my head! I wanted it to have a vintage feel, so papers and embellishments from the Fashionista collection by Graphic 45 were a perfect fit. If you can’t find an old table top, you can definitely substitute a magnetic white board or even a piece of sheet metal or an old tray.





Use multi matte gel medium or decoupage medium to glue 12 x 12 papers to the table top. Use a thin, even coat of the medium, burnish down thoroughly, then coat the top of the papers to seal and protect. Allow to dry for about an hour.



Use Scor-Tape to add a border of the Black Satin/Pleats ribbon to the outer edges of the papers and to top the black satin/pleats with crochet ribbon.



The finished board with lots of fun accessories!



I bought magnetic clips for the board, but of course I wanted to jazz them up a bit! I coated flowers from the Graphic 45 Staples collection with Rock Candy Distress Stickles to add some sparkle. Just spread a thin layer on with your finger and it will dry very quickly. Layer 3 flowers of different sizes and add a crystal brad to the center.  Cover the magnetic clip with a bit of scrap paper or a sticker and attach the flower using a strong adhesive like Extreme Adhesive Squares from Glue Arts.



My favorite part of the entire project is the dress form and the dresses! The stand is separate from the dresses so they are interchangeable.  I will be making lots of more of these pretty little dresses!


Instructions for the dress form stand:



Cut about 4 inches off the top of 3 black pipe cleaners, stack them side by side and use one piece of the extra pipe cleaner to wrap the top and one piece to wrap the bottom of the stand leaving a few inches for the curlicue legs.



Wrap each of the three pipe cleaner stems around your finger to create the curlicues.



Sandwich the top of the pipe cleaners between two cardstock circles and add a magnet.

The finished stand can be placed wherever you wish on your magnetic pin board and topped with the dress of your choice!



I covered this dress in Haute Couture Fashionista paper and added a red silk ribbon sash. The dress is accented with one of the sparkly magnet flowers I created using Graphic 45 Basics flowers.



For this dress I used a combination of Fashionista papers, vintage buttons and ephemera, 1/8” black silk ribbon, Ivory Satin/Pleats, crochet ribbon, and a sewing tissue paper flower.

Thanks to May Arts and Graphic 45 for their wonderful products! For more inspiration and ideas check out my blog Serendipity Vintage Studio. Happy crafting!


Here’s list of the materials I used for this project:

  •  Vintage metal table top
  • Vintage Ephemera and buttons
  • Magnetic Clips
  • Crystal Brads
  • 3 Black Pipe Cleaners
  • 2 Die Cut Chipboard Dresses
  • Rock Candy Stickles
  • 1/4” Scor-Tape
  • Multi Matte Gel Medium


Blog Post By: Kimberly Jones

  1. Wendy Orme

    Fabulous project…it turned out so great!

  2. Peggy Lee

    So excited to see how you used found items with new scrapbooking supplies and trims awesome!!!

  3. Noreen

    The clever embellishments you created really make this a fun board!

  4. jengd

    What a wonderful salvage and kudos for seeing it that way! Wow!

  5. Debby

    I’m seriously loving the fact you used the metal table top. You did a great job with the G45! Thanks for the inspration.

  6. karenladd

    Oh do I have the perfect board for this project. It’s an old metal message board that someone ruined years ago that I just couldn’t throw away! Now I know how to turn it from frumpy to fabulous!

  7. Rebecca Ednie

    What a great idea! I love how the edges are worn and chipped. It gives the board so much character!

  8. Dalis

    OMG.. this is flipping perfect!!!!!

    — dalis

  9. Shartl

    what an awesome way to recycle something that would otherwise be trashed! I love to sew so this fashionista magnetic board is right up my alley! Wonderful!

  10. Gretchen Krisher

    What an awesome magnet board! I need one of these in my craft room! 🙂

  11. Karen

    I love the magnet board. All the work and the fine detail really show. It’s beautiful. I also like the little dress forms I can see those hanging in my bedroom. Cute

  12. Eniko

    This is truly genius!

  13. Janet Zeppa

    What a fantastic project!!

  14. Charlene

    Great way to re-purpose Kimberly! Adorable dresses and dress form.

  15. Karen B.

    What a fabulous idea. Love the checkerboard pattern paper feel.

  16. sue w.

    Fantastic! what a great idea for old metal trays which I have so now to get them out of the basement and create!
    stamping sue

  17. pam allen

    all I can say is WOW love it sooooo much! Thanks for sharing how to make the dress forms can’t wait to try. Good luck everyone.

  18. Rae Higgins

    Wonderful use for those trays I keep walking by at the antique mall! Love it!!

  19. jen shears

    ACK! this is AMAZING!!! what a fab idea- and those dresses & fun pipe cleaner dress forms are too much!!! perfect pairing of May Arts & Graphic 45!!

  20. Becky D

    Wow! What a fabulous idea! Wish I would find something like this tucked away and that I could have such a vision 🙂

  21. Donna

    oops sorry for the slight omission, thanks to to Graphic 45, could not do without their lovely paper as well!!!

  22. Donna

    This is a lovely board and a terrific idea!! So inspiring, and so GREEN, love re using items!. Way to go!May Arts!!

  23. ava

    thanks for sharing such a great project and the lovely instructions on the dress form….gotta love the creativity

  24. Tanya Hulbert

    Just stunning! What a great imagination. You need to take your pretty little board to the shop you bought it from! They will be so impressed (but I’m sure they’ll want it back too so be careful)! 🙂

  25. erin

    Oh my goodness those dresses are too cute!!!

  26. Charee Filimoehala

    Beautiful work! I love all of the fun goodies you turned into magnets and other fun eye candy.

  27. jean marmo

    What a fabulous project!! Thanks for the details.

  28. Nadia

    Cute! I’m keeping my eye out for rusty tabletops now.

  29. Corinna

    OMG this is sooooo beautiful!! LOVE IT!!

  30. Susan L

    This is a really great way to dress up a studio wall, it’s art instead of a plain magnetic board. Thanks for sharing this..another project I’ll be adding to my list.

  31. LorraineN

    Wow, what a cool retro vintage magnet board!

  32. Karen K

    That is really creative and of course really cute! Love how you used all the products to cover the board.

  33. Denise Coulter

    Oh my gosh, this is GORGEOUS!!!! Love it all!!!

  34. DeniseB

    Love that dress form idea! Very nice!

  35. Trudi Wilbur

    Love the idea of that magnet board, what a great idea!

  36. Iwona Jung

    old staffs made projects very unique. You showed us very good idea.

  37. Pam Loris

    Love your idea for the magnetic board! The papers, and dresses are gorgeous! Love this!!

  38. Larissa Heskett

    WOW!! =) LOVE the cute board!! What a clever idea!! THOSE little maniquins are too cute!! I also LOVE how you just made them by hand with pipe cleaners!! THANKS SO MUCH FOR SHARING!! I can’t wait to see what you have for us next!! =) Have a FABULOUS DAY!! =)

  39. Sara

    I love altered projects and you did an awesome job on this magnet board!!!!! I love it!!!!!

  40. Anne Thompson

    Makes me wish I’d kept the red refrigerator door I had once! But I do have an old try that I can repurpose. What a great idea! And I love those little dresses, too! Anne, yourmainestamper

  41. Lindy

    WOW….this is stunning!!!! I love it!

  42. Andrea

    This turned out amazing! Love it!

  43. {vicki}



    the board

  44. Elaine Allen

    Kimberly –
    What an original idea! This is just stunning and so fun. I really love your idea for the dress form. You can change dresses for any occasion.

    Elaine Allen

  45. Dawnll

    Oh my goodness I can’t believe you found and used this treasure. Such a spectacular idea to share.
    Thanks for the inspiration

  46. Agnieszka

    Wow, this project is stunning!

  47. Janet Sisk

    Spectacular project! Love the idea. Your choice of papers, ribbons and embellies is so fab. Thanks for sharing it with us today. 😀

  48. Heather

    Awesome…I have been toying with the idea of making a magnetic board! This has given me the little shove I needed 🙂

  49. Jan Hennings

    Great altered work! Just love the g45 flowers, too 🙂

  50. Dana Tatar

    Fabulous project! That metal table top was a gereat find! I LOVE your handmade dressforms! Thanks for the tutorial and the inspiration!


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