Bead Organization Fabric Covered Magnet Board

I'm slowly working on turning my craft room into an organized and girly space! Today I want to share my newest project for the room: 

 Bead Organizer Fabric Covered Magnet Board


I'm so pleased with how this project turned out! I'm a very visual person when it comes to crafting.  I get inspired to create by looking at and playing around with my craft supplies.  I wanted some way to organize some of the good beads I had so I could easily see them and use them to craft with.  

The main part of this project was the magnetic board. I got it at IKEA for only $12.99, it's called the SPONTAN Magnet Board
The other supplies needed were about a half yard of fabric (I used Turn of Events in Plum from Hawthorne Threads), scissors, Mod Podge, and a brush.  Not pictured is a hot glue gun, magnets, and bead holders.

I cut the fabric to slightly larger than my magnet board and then just applied Mod Podge over the fabric to adhere it to the board.  I did two total coats, and let it dry for a day before putting on the second coat. 

After the top was dry, I trimmed away some of the fabric from the sides and then just wrapped it around and hot glued it to the back of the board.  Yeah yeah, not the prettiest looking but it's in the back so it doesn't really matter anyway :)

After the the board was all ready, I called on the lovely hubby who begrudgingly hung it up for me above the second tier on my craft desk (he's been hanging lots of things recently for me since we just moved haha) 

Very pretty! :)

After the board was done I set to work getting my beads ready to go on.  I got a bunch of little metal containers from Pick Your Plum on a deal they had (I found some similar ones on Amazon:)
 

and I ordered magnets from Amazon - affiliate link below.  These magnet were great, the perfect size for the back of the containers but were strong enough to hold a container full of beads.



I hot glued the magnets to the back of the containers

And then filled them all up with pretty beads! And tried to line them all up pretty for a picture and then just got wayyy to frustrated with all the magnetic forces going around :)

The last step was just to plop the beads onto the board!


Close up of all the pretty beads :)


I love it! The board is right above my main work space in my craft room, so whenever I look up I can be inspired!

Are you a jewelry maker? How to you store your beads?
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29 comments

  1. What a great way to organize your beads! I need to organize mine better. i have some in plastic boxes like in your pics but the rest are in plastic bags and it's hard to see what I have.

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  2. That is adorable. I really like that kind of back splash.

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  3. Wow! This is such a great idea! You did a wonderful job! :)

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  4. This is so fantastic, what a great idea! I just store mine in those plastic bead containers like you have on the desk, and I color code them. Maybe one day I'll have to get more creative!

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  5. That's totally art! Functional art. :)

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  6. I love this idea! I am racking my brain on how I can use this since I'm not a beader. It's very pretty.

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  7. Swoon!!! The beader in me is loving this big time!

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  8. I love this idea! I wish I had a permanent space for something like this. I store all of my supplies in tackle boxes!

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  9. Great idea - I didn't know they had those metal board thingies at IKEA and I love the fabric you chose to cover it with!

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  10. Looks great! Really could use the idea of the fabric-covered board for anything. Gotta keep this in mind when I move from organizing sewing to organizing beading.....
    Janet

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  11. I am so, so, so doing this! I know I say that a lot but this one is getting done ASAP!

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  12. LOVE! I wish I could store my beads like that...but I live in a tiny one bedroom guest house, AND we have no IKEA in South Africa...

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  13. What a brilliant idea, this is just fantastic!

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  14. Love it! What a fantastic idea! I HAVE to make a trip to IKEA - TODAY!! Thanks for the inspiration!!

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  15. awesome idea! so much better than the plastic organizers i use now. :) where is the amazon link for the magnets, though? you mentioned there was an "affiliate link below" but i can't seem to find it. thanks!

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  16. Hey Laura, here's the link: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B004AKQ3UW/ref=as_li_qf_sp_asin_til?tag=mygirwhi-20&camp=14573&creative=327641&linkCode=as1&creativeASIN=B004AKQ3UW&adid=0RKQNYZPJ47AES9GN979&&ref-refURL=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.mygirlishwhims.com%2F2012%2F06%2Fbead-organization-fabric-covered-magnet.html

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  17. Hi,

    I really like this. Is the board magnetic by itself or do you have to use magnets to the board ?

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  18. This is great! Would be useful for me as a sewer- I could use the pots to hold tape measures, pins, buttons and so on. Hmmmm...

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  19. This is a great idea...thanks for sharing.

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  20. this is an awesome idea! I make jewelry and I just have a lot of different cases with the compartments like yours next to your new magnet board. I need to create a space just for jewelry making so I can make a board like yours, so awesome! Thanks for sharing!

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  21. WOW! This is amazing! I, too, use things more often if I can see them.

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  22. It feels so great to be on your blog page. Thanks for your hard work & great comments on this page.

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  23. About how big are the small containers? Are they like a 2 oz size or 4 oz size? What a great idea.

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  24. Any tips on doing this with a lighter coloured fabric? I've been trying with the ikea magnetic board but my fabric is a light colour and even when the glue is dry it shows streaks through from the glue and the grey of the magnet board.

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  25. @Shereen I might try lining it with another fabric!

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