Sunday, September 14, 2008

Creative Recycling: Baking Sheets

1. Magnetic Bulletin Board (with button magnets!)

Here's Mine:

Step 1. Sand off the rust from your old rusty baking sheet and then clean it with soap and water. Allow to dry thoroughly.

Step 2. Spray the sheet in any color you want! (I used what I had for this project, so I chose's actually a freebie from Ace!) I decided to line my sheet with scrapbook paper, but you could certainly stick with paint only...and if you do, you're more steps!

Step 3. Measure and cut your paper to fit inside the sheet.

Step 4. Glue paper to baking sheet. (I like to use a spray adhesive.)

For the button magnets, simply choose a few buttons that match your new board and hot glue pieces of magnet to the backs! You can even reuse those old magnets from your junk drawer...just cut them up!

(Note: If you have a baking sheet with a hole in one of the 'handles' like I do here, you can hang it on the wall. If you have one without a hole, you can drill one or you can glue some heavy duty magnets to the back and use on your fridge.)

2. Craft Tray - Use a baking sheet with an edge as a craft tray for a child or adult! It works great for keeping messes to a minimum and it allows you to transport your craft. And if you need to set your project aside, all your supplies are together when you come back to it!

3. Flower Pot "Saucer" - If you have a grouping of plants, you can use a baking sheet with an edge underneath them rather than having individual saucers. Plus, if you move your plants outside during the day, it's a lot easier to carry them all out at once with the tray!

4. Travel Magnetic Game Board

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  1. Wow, I just saw this. I really like the first idea of decorating an old baking sheet and using it as a magnetic board. I could make one of these for my daughter's magnetic paper dolls!

    Thanks for the idea!

  2. Great idea! I have some decripid baking sheets that I need to do something with--thanks!

  3. I love the magnetic board! Definitely will be putting this one to use. Thanks for the tip!

  4. What a glorious idea! I was planning on buying scrap metal this year to use in my classroom but it sounded too difficult and expensive. Now I'll be able to put a few magnetic cookie sheets up here and there in much less time. Thanks so much for joining us this Thrifty Green Thursday!

  5. Cool! I was just thinking, those cookie sheets would also work well for anyone working with little kids using magnetic letter and numbers! Great post. I never realized you could do so much with an old cookie sheet!

  6. This is such a great idea! I love it as something for teh kids to play with on long trips and could double as a snack tray for the car. I wonder how hard it would be to hot glue a pillow to the bottom...


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