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Monday, September 28, 2009

{metal FHE boards}

When I saw something similar to this online, I knew it was what I was looking for. I love all the different pieces that go into it, but wanted to change it up a little bit. I love how it turned out! For the names, they are just basic craft stars, painted black, distressed, and stained. I ordered vinyl lettering for the names, put magnets on the back, and voila!

Metal FHE Boards


-10x1x28 pine board
-9x27 piece of bead board
-8x26 piece of metal sheeting
-vinyl lettering to fit metal, with plenty of space at the bottom to hang magnets
-your choice of paint for wood and bead board
-4 metal tacks
-sub-floor adhesive (in a caulking-like tube)
-4 roofing nails, 1 1/4 inch maximum


1. When buying your wood and bead board, both Home Depot and Lowe's will cut them down the to the size you need for free.

2. Router the edges of your pine board. Sand, paint, and stain as desired.
-Paint bead board as desired. If you are using the pre-primed bead board, spray paint covers and sticks much better than craft paint.

3. With the roofing nails, attach the beadboard to the center of the pine board in each of the four corners (should be a 1/2 inch border). Make sure you go in far enough that they won't show once the metal sheeting is on.

4. Caulk a medium amount of the sub-flooring adhesive to the back of the metal sheeting, but not too close to the edges (it will squeeze out and make a mess). Place it in evenly on the bead board (should have a 1/2 inch border)and press down. Let dry.

5. The metal tacks should be placed in each of the four corners of the metal sheeting, for not only a decorative look, but to keep the corners of the sheeting secure. You may need to hammer or drill a small hole through the sheeting first, before attempting to hammer the nails.

6. Wipe metal sheeting clean, and let dry. Apply the vinyl lettering, making sure to place your letters higher than normal (NOT centered), so you will have plenty of space at the bottom for magnets/names.

7. Make magnets of your choice! Some ideas: glass rocks or pebbles with each family member's picture on it; wooden stars/hearts/circles/squares that have been painted and distressed, with family members' names in vinyl lettering on them; wooden blocks with initials only...


Blogger Linsey said...

I made one just like it! Only it is in my unfinished bin. Wood is finished, metal is nailed on and magnets are made. Vinyl is cut and sitting right next to it. How lame is that?! My kids really wanted an FHE chart with their pics, so I did magnets with their faces in them. So cute, as always!

June 2, 2009 at 9:14 PM  
Blogger Michelle said...

Thanks for this. It's so cute and different from other boards I've seen. We used your idea for our Super Saturday activity (I hope that's okay). It was a hit! Thanks again.

July 2, 2010 at 11:41 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is so cute, and I want to make one! Can you tell me what size lettering you used for the title, tasks & names? Thanks!

August 23, 2010 at 7:12 PM  
Blogger brown paper packages said...


When I ordered the lettering, I just told them how big the metal was, and they made it to fit. They are great to order from, and really reasonable. Their link is in my right hand column. If you need exact measurements, let me know, and I'll measure them for you.

August 24, 2010 at 10:13 PM  
Blogger Julie said...

I love how you distressed the stars... how did you do it?

November 11, 2010 at 1:20 PM  
Blogger brown paper packages said...


I painted them black, sanded the edges, then rubbed them with stain (Minwax Dark Walnut).

November 11, 2010 at 2:31 PM  
Blogger Tina said...

Where did you get the sheet metal from? I want to make one of these, but I haven't found the metal at any of the craft stores.

March 16, 2011 at 7:35 PM  
Blogger kierste @ brown paper packages said...


You can buy sheet metal at your local hardware store. Or, I like to buy it from a local sheet metal company. It's a little more expensive, but they will cut it to size, and it's a lot more heavy duty.

March 16, 2011 at 10:04 PM  
Blogger Michelle said...

I am excited to make this. What a great idea! I was wondering, do you hang it somewhere? Is it very big?
Also, did you paint your beadboard? It doesn't look like it, and I didn't plan on painting mine.
Thank you!

June 8, 2011 at 12:29 AM  
Blogger kierste @ brown paper packages said...

I did hang it in my kitchen/dining area. It's not too big--a little over 2 feet wide and 10 inches tall. I did spray paint my beadboard a cream color, then antiqued the edges with a little stain. Totally optional though--you can leave it plain too!

June 11, 2011 at 3:54 PM  

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