This instructable will teach you how to make a floating metal grid that can be used as a magnetic bulletin board, a play to display artwork, a jewelry organizer, craft organizer or whatever else your crazy little heart desires!

I originally came up with this idea in my freshman year of college to display pictures. In the dorms we were not allowed to put holes in the walls, so I instead stapled some wire mesh behind an old ladder that we had sitting around. The picture ladder was perfect for us because we could just rearrange our pictures whenever we wanted by moving the magnets. While in the dorm we also made an earring holder that hung over the door with the extra wire mesh (we ended up hating the over the door aspect because every time we shut the door earrings would fall..so save yourself the time and don't try that idea).

Realizing the many things that we were able to do with the wire mesh, I decided that I should reincarnate it once more. This time I went to Home Depot and let myself go crazy finding all sorts of goodies to pimp it out to its full potential.

The new and improved floating multi-use wall storage is a great addition to any room of yours, or any friend's home. It makes a particularly good gift because it can be used in so many different ways. If your friend is a crafty individual, it could easily be used to store his or her craft supplies. Use it to display pictures and memories, or even to showcase products for retail stores--the possibilities are endless! And, best of all, you can constantly rearrange and recreate it with minimal effort!

Step 1: Gather it up!

Get in your car (or better yet on your bike or go by foot!) and go to Home Depot. Then, get a basket and gather these things.

*NOTE* you may want to look ahead to the final steps and decide how you want to use your board before going to the store.

Materials needed for basic construction:

-The mesh--1/4" hardware cloth
(the smallest size you can get is 2'X 5'. That is sufficient.)
-4 rod coupling nuts (5/16"-18 x 7/8")
(the package only has 3... Sorry, you have to buy two packs.)
-4 pan head phillips screws (#10 x 2")
-8 washers (1/4 SAE washer)
(the size of the washer isn't that important, just make sure that the screw fits through the washer and the head of the screw will be larger than the hole in the washer.)
-1 nail
(pretty much any nail that is a good bit skinnier than the screw will do. It's just used to make the pilot hole for the screw.)
-a pencil
-a friend for step 6

Things to gather up at home:

-gardening shears or some sort of wire trimmers
(I have used scissors before to cut the wire, but it is a little more difficult.)
-phillips head screw driver bit
-yard stick
<p>PS-Love the tutorial. Thank you. </p>
<p>A couple thoughts--I definitely prefer the floating look, but I suppose using drywall screws/anchors would allow the mesh to hold more weight. I'm just wondering whether it's necessary. I guess maybe trial and error? <br><br>Also--I'd love to combine this idea with an idea for bead storage/organization by &quot;My Girlish Whims&quot;-- bit.ly/magboard -- &amp; use magnetized clear-lidded containers. I was planning to buy window screening, but I like the look (&amp; versatility) of this mesh more. <br><br>Have metal shears; they should work. </p>
<strong>LOVE IT!!!</strong><br/><br/>I did this today but I did it quite a lot bigger - It's 100cm by 60cm. I've been meaning to collage the wall for some time but was scared of losing all my treasured photos, gig tickets, postcards etc when I move out or decorate but now I don't have to worry!<br/><br/>Just a little tip that some of you might like... If you have a glue gun (or even just some super glue) old keyboard keys/badges/brooches/unwanted earrings/scrabble letters/coloured counters etc really jazz up the small magnetic dots and fill up the board a little more.<br/><br/>Like 'Jentheducky' I also did a rip of coloured tape around the edge but not for the safety feature... The thicker the edge the more it winds up looking like a frame.<br/>
Great idea!! Those flattened glass marbles found with floral stuff also work nicely to dress up magnets and thumbtacks!
sequins and stickers and jewels and beads... embellishing magnets is so much fun!
great tutorial! I love the industrial look! Thank you!
Nifty 'ible. You know, if you are just using the rod couplers as spacers, you can get just zinc plated steel spacers, without the threads. They're a heck of a lot cheaper.
excellent idea i love it, THANK YOU!
Inventive.&nbsp; Looks cool too!&nbsp; thanks for sharing
I was just about to spend ~$60 bucks on a over-th-door/wall hanger jewelry organizer!!&nbsp; I'm so glad I checked this out beforehand.&nbsp; I'm a fledgling jewelry-maker and wanted something to display my things in my home.&nbsp; <br /> Thanks so much for something so easy and inexpensive.&nbsp; Why couldn't I have thought of this.&nbsp; I know I was thinking much too hard. :-)
This is really cool! I could really use this except the dry wall in my house is so old if you put a hole in it, it crumbles...any advice?
My house is plaster walls very brittle and a pain to repair, I did a peg board wall and I just attached it to wooden legs and it leans against the wall . you could try framing the wire and adding legs mine is behind my desk so you don't even see the legs
I have that crumbly problem too.&nbsp; When I hung my big jewelry case I&nbsp;used those plastic screw anchors (I'm sure that's not the official name for them) and it has not moved in months.&nbsp; It is a lot heavier than this, even fully loaded.
I love this but I have a question... Can you think of any way to keep this from being nailed into the wall? I'd love to use it in my dorm, but unfortunately I do not have an "old ladder" hanging around and I can't put holes in the wall. However, it's one of the best ideas I've seen! Anyone who has done this, do you think a medium sized one could be held up any other way?
<a class="entryListTitle" href="http://www.instructables.com/member/lcockerill/" style="padding-right: 4.0px;padding-left: 4.0px;"><strong><font size="3">lcockerill</font></strong></a>a bit further down has a great idea!
i did this instructable today for my room. it worked excellently! the only thing i did instead was put a line of tape against the edge and then folded it over. i tried cutting the mesh along the edge, but the wire is still sharp and i know how clumsy i can be when i don't pay attention. the tape doesn't stick well to the wire at first, but when you fold it over, it sticks to itself pretty well
It is a lot more trouble, but I'm clumsy too.&nbsp; I think I will cut the mesh halfway between the lines and then bend them over with some pliers to safe-ify it for myself.
You can also cut wire with nail clippers, but it will ruin them for anything else.&nbsp; It will nick scissors blades too, for that matter.
I've been meaning to make this for quite some time now -- I've had allthe parts for over 2 months. Finally, it's up. I need to get another set of hooks (or 2) for the necklaces/bracelets and I'm going to get some bins to put at the bottom for my post/stud earrings but this was super easy to put together! My measuring was off, so it's a little loose in the middle, but...and super easy to put up without a drill, too :D
also, the s-hooks for hoop earrings is a must -- I have quite a few!
Do you have to screw it in to the wall? Could you possibly just tie ribbon to the top and let it hang from a wall hook?
Yeah its a really good idea i was thinking about buying one of those magetic boards but this is much more creative and its not expensive :) Ill update u with pictures when im done :)
Have been looking for something for my kids to get organized. This is perfect. I'm going to put paper mache around the edge and then we can paint it in wacky colors.
This is awesome. Now I'm wishing I didn't buy that peg board... heh...
Great instructable...But I was wondering if there was an alternative to drilling holes in the wall? or something for a glass surface?
For glass, you might pop the nubby bit of a suction cup through the mesh and then suction the cup to the glass... not quite as strong as screwing it in, but it should be fine for earrings/photos/small magnets....
Thanks, its a great idea, just what I was need
I love it.
Neat and Quick
Great idea! I have been thinking about ways to hang my jewelry.
SWEET!! thanks for the idea i was thinkin about what i could use to put on my wall to make my (soon to be) magnets like in the ransom note magets instructable :) thanks
Very cool. Great way to keep small spaces organized.
Thanks! Yeah, it has been great for me. It's really a bunch of fun. I am working on doing a really large one in a friend's kitchen! Should be cool!
Ohhh, I hope you post it! I love this, very cool idea. Thanks. I like the ladder too. ingenious.
Thanks! It's always encouraging to know that I'm not the only one that thinks I have cool ideas! ;)
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