Nautical Baby Gifts

A long time ago I purchased several desktop magnet boards on a clearance sale. I scraped off the designs printed on them and remade several of them for gifts. (You can see what I made in this post.) Recently we needed gifts for another baby shower. Since the bigger sister of this new baby was the recipient of one of my previous magnet boards (and her mom loved using it) it was an easy decision to remake another magnet board. The theme of the new baby’s room is nautical with a red, white, and blue color scheme.


I painted a cloth background in shades of blue and glued it to the metal. Then I cut out wavy strips of navy blue fabric and attached them with gel medium. I colored some white buttons with alcohol ink and glued heavy duty magnets to the back.

The whale was made by sewing two pieces of fabric and a layer of batting together, leaving an opening to turn right side out (after clipping the seam allowance at the curves). I glued a googly eye and used a permanent marker to draw the mouth. For the back side of the whale, I cut a piece of stiff plastic (from a food container lid) just smaller than the body of the whale and glued it to the fabric. The magnets were glued to the plastic.

I did not make the anchors. I purchased charms from Michael’s Craft store and glued magnets to the back. The back and bottom sides of the magnets board were covered in felt.

Melinda used four small canvases and covered them with coordinating paint, paper, and buttons for wall decor for baby’s room.



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