How to Organize Every Room in Your House with a Magnetic Knife Strip

Magnetic knife racks are an excellent way to save space in the kitchen, but you might not realize that they’re great for organizing far more than just knives. After finding all of these creative magnetic knife strip organizing ideas, now I want to add a few to practically every room in my house.        


A magnetic knife strip used to store small tools inside a cabinet
Photo:  Poul Ober for Design Sponge

1. There’s no rule that a knife rack has to go on an open wall. Continue Reading

How To: Make A Magnetic Knife Display

diy magnetic knife display
Photo: via e-how

I’m all for maximizing vertical storage in the kitchen, and this DIY magnetic knife display is not only practical, it’s pretty. Win win!      


diy magnetic knife display
photo: via e-how

I never really thought about how simple it is to make, but this step-by-step tutorial with photos has given me the little confidence boost to break out the saw and make my own! Check out the full tutorial over on E-How!      

DIY Magnetic Knife Display by [Mary & Tim for e-how]

DIY Idea: Perpetual Calendar/Memo Board


Such a clever idea this is! Six steel bars painted wikth punchy colors, numbered magnets, plus seven days of the week and twelve months combine to make a perpetual calendar, which also serves as a memo board. The magnet sheets can be found at any craft store. The bars look like they’d be in the wiring department of your big box home improvement store. And as for the words and numbers, your computer is probably all you’d need.  Continue Reading

My Total Office Makeover: How to Make a Woodgrain Magnetic Memo Board

Welcome to our newest blog series, My Total Office Makeover, in which Curbly’s editor-in-chief, Chris Gardner, realizes that as a full-time design and craft blogger working from home, he’d better transform his second bedroom into an inspiring space where work can actually get done.

created at: 01/13/2011

Part IV: Getting Organized

I need a clean desktop to stay focused, so I knew I would need a memo board to keep current projects, notes, ideas, and “don’t lose me” documents. Continue Reading

How to Turn a Ruler into a Spice Rack

created at: 2009-10-26

We’ve seen something similar to this how-to before here on Curbly, but the fact that this one is made using a metal ruler ups the ante in the ingenious department. To make one, you’ll need a few things like this:

  • a metal ruler
  • metal tins
  • magnets
  • sticky-back foam tape, for attaching the ruler
  • tacky craft glue or hot glue and glue gun to attach magnets to tins
  • spice labels (a label maker would be great for this!)
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How to Make a Magnetic Picture Frame

created at: 2009-10-05

Show of hands. Who uses their refrigerator to hold the latest pics? (I do.) This little project takes its cue from that handy catch-all, the fridge door, for a very stylish result. To make a magnetic picture frame of your very own, you’ll need some stuff. Here’s a list:

  • an 8″ x 10″ picture frame
  • LoRan magnetic board
  • an 8″ x 10″ (or so) fabric scrap
  • tape
  • primer
  • paint
  • one small and one medium paintbrush
  • drop cloth/news paper
  • rare-earth magnets

To see how the project went together, follow this jump to Crafty Nest.  Continue Reading

How to make a Magnetic Photo Board for Under $15

The only thing you’ll  need to buy to make this project is the piece of 3′ x 4′ sheet of galvanized steel, which the Jo’s at Photojojo found at Home Depot for 14 bucks. You probably already have on hand the rest of the supplies, which include the following:

  • Pencil
  • Ruler
  • Drill and 1/4″ or smaller bit
  • Piece of scrap wood
  • Hammer
  • Small nails or screws
  • Assorted magnets
  • Your favorite photos

Follow this jump to see the entire how-to. Continue Reading