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Repurposed Silverplate Tray Magnet Board

The repurposed silverplate tray magnet board and earring magnets were fun to put together. The magnet tray is a cool upcycle and definitely charming.


Repurposed Silverplate Tray Magnet Board

Decorative magnets are one of the easiest DIY’s there are. All you need are magnets, a super duper adhesive ( my choice is DAP RapidFuse), and something fun to jazz up the magnets.

one dollor junkin find silver plated tray

1. Find Your Silverplate Project Piece

The rusty silver plated serving tray was $1 at the junk shop. After I brought it home I checked to see if a magnet would stick to it. Yea! It did.

simple ribbon hanger

2. Add A Hanger To The Silverplate Tray

I looped a pretty ribbon through a couple of cutouts on the rim to use as the hanger.

magnets for diy jewelry magnets and silver plated tray

3. Gather Supplies For The Magnets

There were two different size magnets hanging on my supplies pegboard. I first thought I would need the larger magnets but in the end went with the small ones.

I’ve tried that roll of thick magnetic stick on tape and it’s not worth two cents. Just my opinion. Always check the thrift stores for packs of magnets.

jewelry stash

Part of my junk jewelry stash.

prepping jewelry for magnets

I sorted through the junk jewelry and came up with a few earrings and a pendant cross for the magnets.

4. Put The Magnets Together

It’s easy to clip the backs off the vintage earrings with wire cutters. (I see I also got a shot of my raggedy fingernails.)

DAP RapidFuse to make jewelry magnets

A drop or two of DAP RapidFuse (great stuff)…..leave to dry….and done.

diy vintage earring magnets and silver plated serving tray magnet board

5. Hang Magnet Board In A Cool Place

Now how cute are those magnets. The vintage jewelry is from the stash of junk jewelry I’ve collected over the years. You can often find bags of it at flea markets for a little of nothing.

silver plate magnet tray

I have the tray hanging on the front of my china cabinet but you could also hang it on a bookcase, interior door, the wall, just about anywhere.

DIY Magnet Tray with vintage earring magnets

The tray would be great for showing off vintage black and white photos, menu cards, or pretty flower seed packets.

I hope you like the quick DIY. Thanks to all of you for your sweet and thoughtful comments on my Dad’s illness and my time in Arkansas. You guys get to my heart.

I’m writing this post at 3 a.m. What else do you do when you can’t sleep but write a blog post. I’m still in Arkansas.

I took Dad to the Doctor for a follow up today yesterday and we thought he just had a cold on top of his stomach issues but it’s bronchitis. I’m hoping he will soon be on the mend.

10 minute diy magnet serving tray with decorative magents

I’ll be here tomorrow with the Furniture Fixer Uppers and a chest of drawers makeover. See you then.

Products used in this post:
DAP RapidFuse
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Kathy Owen founder of Petticoat Junktion
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Author: Kathy Owen
Kathy Owen is the founder of the home decor blog Petticoat Junktion where she shares tutorials on painting furniture and upcycling thrifty finds into unique home décor. Her DIY projects have been featured on the Home Depot Blog, Plaid Crafts, Behr Designer Series, and in numerous magazines. Kathy’s newest website is HappyHomeDIY.com

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  1. I absolutely love this! I really questioned the use of terracotta paint but after seeing it with the white dry brushing it’s my favorite!

  2. What a fun way to repurpose a serving tray. I love how you made the magnets our of vintage jewelry pieces.

  3. I love this idea! I have a few trays like that that need to be displayed. Thank you for sharing at Merry Monday!

  4. Oh, wow! I have a silver tray that looks just like that. And, I need a nice way to display important reminder cards (not with thumbtacks anymore) and this is fantastic. Thank you for sharing this. Great idea!

  5. Good gravy, I love this!! I feel like making one for the dining room, one for the kitchen and one for each bedroom!! Great way to display notes, pictures and little paper keepsakes. LOVE!

  6. That’s a cute idea. I love re-purposing silver/metal trays. I’ve done one in clay and one in mosaics.

  7. Really cute project, Kathy. I like the idea of using it to display vintage black and white photos. I might even have a silver tray already. But, where??!

    Sorry about your dad’s illness. I’m sending love and healing tho’ts to you and to you and your mom, too. Care-taking is a hard job sometimes. I’m glad you are able to be there with your parents, though. You won’t regret it. Hope you can steal a bit of time to refresh yourself, too. Take care.

  8. Hi Kathy,

    I am new to your blog and am loving it! I want to read every post but I had to start at the most recent and move backwards in time. I’m all the way back to 2015 now but it kind of kills the suspense of waiting to see what you’re going to do with your junk finds 😉 Is there a way to start at the very first blog post and move forward?


  9. I especially love the contrast of the materials for this tray idea. It know I have single earrings I’ve saved in hopes of finding an idea of how to use them so thanks. Best wishes and prayers for you and your family.

  10. I love the idea of the silver tray with magnets. Very cute. Hope your dad gets well soon.

  11. Wow! Your energy is amazing to me. Bless you for keeping your blog going while overseeing the care of your parents. I hope your dad is on the mend soon.
    Love the cute idea with the tray.

  12. I have a silver tray stash as well as a jewelry stash and had thought about doing this but haven’t gotten around to it yet. Yours turned out great!! Inspires me to get busy lol!! I’m glad you found out what’s wrong with your Dad & will be praying for a quick recovery! God Bless you & be with you Kathy!!

  13. Healing Prayers for your dad Kathy. Cute tray. I’ll have to check and see if I still have th engrav d one we got for a wedding gift. It rusted like that one did so we quit using it for food. Great idea, thanks.