Make it Monday: create your own idea board

Posted: 5th Nov 2018

With the countdown to Christmas firmly underway, it's important to ensure you stay on top of everything - that's where this week's Make it Monday comes in...

Making your own idea board is a great way to help you make your festive season a faff-free affair, and importantly, ensure you don't forget anything. This tutorial talks through how you can make your own...

You will need

DREMEL® DSM20 (DSM20-3/4)
DREMEL® DSM20 Metal and Plastic Cutting Wheel (DSM510)
DREMEL® DSM20 Multipurpose Carbide Cutting Wheel (DSM500)
MDF (a piece as large as your final desired board)
Sheet Metal
Chalkboard Paint
Drill Driver
Safety goggles and gloves


1. Measure the space you want your idea board to fill. Cut a piece of MDF or plywood to that size. Draw your cut lines on your MDF and clamp it onto your work table. Using a Dremel DSM20 and DSM500 Multipurpose Carbide Cutting Wheel, cut along this line. Easily achieve a smooth, straight cut- following the cut line through the notch at the head of the tool. Paint the newly cut piece with chalkboard paint and allow to dry.

2. Fill your idea board with various types of material including peg board, dry erase boards, cork board and more. We wanted to be able to hang items with magnets so we chose to add sheet metal (pictured). To divide the board into 4 sections alternating metal and chalkboard surfaces, take the total measurement of your cut from step 1. Ours measured 36" wide by 36" tall. Divide this into 4 square tiles – 4 sections of 18" by 18" squares. Measure and mark your cuts for 2 of these quartiles in sheet metal and clamp it into place on your work table. With a quick accessory change, place a Metal Cutting Wheel into your DSM20. Following the marked line, move your tool slowly through the metal. Remember to let the speed of the tool do the work. Once your chalkboard is dry, drill your metal pieces onto the board. First drill pilot holes through the metal before screwing them into place.

3. Finally, drill your board against your back wall.

Tutorial courtesy of Dremel