Wednesday, July 28, 2010

DIY Club August 2010 Project: 3 Projects in One!

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Medical Tray Magnet Boards

Domino Magnets

Inspirational Poster


    PROJECT 1: Medical Tray Magnet Boards

    I had a collection of four vintage medical trays stacked up on a cabinet. One day, I thought, "Hmmmmm..." I wonder how these would look on the wall? I've seen people hang them before, BUT they had always drilled holes into them. I didn't want to ruin the integrity of the pieces, so my mind went to...

    ...DiscHangers! They were designed for plates, but could they possibly hold up the weight of these trays? I went to their website and looked up the weight limits. Man, these things can hold some heavy objects! I weighed the large tray, and it was within the 6-pound limit for the large size DiscHanger, so I decided to put them to the test! I used the 4 inch DiscHanger for the smaller trays and the 5.5 inch DiscHangers for the larger trays.

    I laid out the trays in the pattern I wanted.

    I followed the handy dandy instruction sheet and let the adhesive dry as recommended.

    I eyeballed the location of my wall hooks and hung them up! Voila!! And they've stayed put. Way to go, DiscHanger!!

    PROJECT 2: Domino Magnets

    I went to my Gorilla Glue guide (as I always do) and decided to go with the Super Glue for this project.

    I grabbed my Norton Sanding Bug from Rockler Woodworking. I can't say enough about this bad boy! It makes sanding a breeze! I lightly sanded the back side of each domino and one side of each magnet.

    I applied the Gorilla Glue Super Glue to the magnet and simply stuck it onto the back side of the domino.

    I used the magnets to create an arrangement of vintage math flashcards.


    PROJECT 3: Inspirational Poster
    I wanted to add another special something to one of the other trays. And, if you know me, you know that I love inspirational words, quotes, images, music, etc. There's something about them that challenges me to reflect on my life and make it better.

    When I saw Olive Rue's free French-inspired iron on transfer image (yes, it's free to all of you, too!), I was inspired to do something different with it. I loved the little birdie perched on the chair, so I searched the web for a bird quote and found the one you see. Then I used my computer to create the above design.

    I printed it off (note to self: get colored printer) and clipped it to one of the medical tray magnet boards.

    Medical Tray Magnet Board Display

    Here it is all put together! As you can see, I also used the remaining domino magnets to spell out "DIY." A fun way for kids (and adult kids) to practice their alphabet!

    A happy little kitchen corner.


    So, who is ready to link up
    to the August DIY Club party?

    DIY Club

    If not, get on it! There is plenty of time. The DIY Club August linky is up starting the evening of Thursday, August 5, and is open for an entire week. That gives you a total of two weeks from now to show off your creativity! Use ANY product from ANY of our sponsors (Gorilla GlueDecoartDiscHangersRocklerP.K. GlitzOlive RueCutting Edge Stencils) and get to gettin'!

    It doesn't have to be earth-shattering to be wonderful! Seriously! The perfect example: using Gorilla Glue Super Glue to stick magnets to dominoes. Instant impact but sooooooo easy peasy, people! Or order up some DiscHangers and be creative with what you can hang!! Or go try out the free image over at Olive Rue on an iron on transfer project...there's even a demo video! And, if you need to do any sanding, I highly recommend that Norton Sanding Bug from Rockler

    Or...guess what! You can link up an old project that uses any sponsor product! Just include a photo of the product with your project and include the DIY Club button in your post or on your side bar.  If the August event doesn't work for you, starting planning now for September! We want you to be part of the club!!


    1. I really like those metal trays! So cute. I was just thinking of ordering some of those discs. Not sure on how much they would hold. I read they are removable, so that is good!

    2. Those enamel trays are sooo cool. I love the dominos too and that little bird quote is sweet as!

    3. You are so clever! Such great results on your project!!

    4. Love the metal trays! And I am going to have to get some of those discs. That is a lot of weight they are holding up?!!!

    5. Those trays really look cool up on the wall, Amy! Love that they serve as a secondary memo or decorating center, too. Now tell me something about this sander that I couldn't tell on the company's site- if I order the sanding sponge refills, how many come in the package? It does not specify online. I'll probably just swing down to their Cincinnati store to buy one the next time I make a trip to IKEA. Thanks for stopping by for a visit. I'll keep ya in mind when I tire of those lovely blue shutters! xo Sue

    6. Those are awesome! I love anything enamel. It was great to spend time with you last week-end.

    7. That looks so cool! I love black and white enamel anyway, but hanging it on the wall and then adding the dominoes is so eye catching.

    8. Have you found a place to buy the DiscHangers locally? I've been watching local stores with no luck.

      You ordered online?
      Cheryl, Junk Devotion

    9. I just found your blog and it's wonderful. I love the DIY projects, especially ones that aren't too complicated. I need "easy" :-) I look forward to coming back.

    10. Love your trays and what you did with them. They look great.

      One more week and I will be headed to do some major yardsaling. Can't wait!! Prayerfully no vans will be totaled this time around.

    11. Absolutely LOVE the enamel trays and how you hung them!


    12. That is completely darling. I LOVE it. So cute!!!


    13. Those enamel trays are a great find! And, I absolutely LOVE the way you're using them too! You are so incredbly creative... I love it!

    14. Hey Sue-
      Three Sanding Sponges come in the refill pack for the Sanding Bug: 1 each 60 grit, 100 grit, 150 grit. Thanks for bringing up the confusing wording on our site! I've changed that, and it will be live later today. We appreciate it!
      Rockler Woodworking and Hardware
      Create with Confidence

    15. I so love these medical trays and the domino magnets and the poster - the entire vignette is fabulous. I have some old dragon (my son loves dragon) dominoes---I see magnets in their future ...for his new DIY locker!

    16. I like that you used the plate discs for trays. It gives your wall a lot of personality.

    17. I am just now seeing this fantastic project! Too many blogs, not enough time, I'm sure you know how it is! Love it! By the way, Lou Holtz spells his last name with a t. One of my favorite Holtz quotes... "When all is said and done, more is said than done."


    Life whispers...what is it saying today?