start by going to home depot or lowes or a similar kind of store and picking up some sheet metal.
unfortunately the smallest piece i found at home depot was 12×18, so it needed to be cut down to fit the 8×10 frame. this was the most difficult part, but perhaps a very nice person in the store can help you out. so my 12×18 piece became two 8×10 pieces.
next i gathered up paper and embellishments that coordinated together. the finished picture is october afternoon’s report card line, and the in-process board used the cherry hill line, also by october afternoon. i picked up some chipboard circles that i had from bazzill basics, and i made sure i had my Tombow MONO MULTI liquid glue...my adhesive of choice when putting together chipboard and other altered projects. lastly i made sure i had my scissors and paper trimmer, some “raw” magnets and a picture frame. (take the glass out of the picture frame)
i cut my paper so it was about an inch to an inch and a half bigger than the sheet metal. then i spread Tombow MONO MULTI over the front of the metal. i adhered my pattern paper to the front and folded the excess to the back, gluing it down to the back too, also with my MULTI.
using stickers and paper scraps decorate the front of the sheet metal. i choose to do just a few simple strips.
then cover the chipboard circles with pattern paper, when the glue is dry cut from the pattern paper with scissors or rub the edges with sand paper. embellish the front with stickers, rub-ons, etc., and use Tombow MULTI to adhere a magnet to the back. fyi, “raw” magnets are pretty strong. when gluing them to the chipboard circles be sure to separate them so they don’t accidentally “stick together”.
not pictured…i also took Tombow MONO AQUA liquid glue and a foam brush and coated each finished chipboard circle/magnet, to seal the elements together and protect it a little.
my daughter loved helping to make these for her teachers. i let her pick the embellishments and put down the glue. it really goes together quickly, even when little hands are helping out. she even choose to use buttons for some of the magnets instead of chipboard pieces. nice touch miss c!
thank you to all you teachers! as a parent and a teacher myself i completely understand the challenges you face each day. you are truly appreciated!