Tuesday, October 20, 2015

DIY Mini Magnetic Stand

PVC is such a versatile tool for creating teaching supplies. I created a mini-anchor chart stand and love how sturdy and useful it is for holding directions, anchor charts, and whatever I need. See the DIY directions here.
I made a spider web out of a pizza pan from the dollar store this year, but was having a terrible time trying to hold up the web and act out poems at the same time. PVC came to the rescue! I created a smaller version of the Mini Anchor Chart Stand that could easily hold my metal cooking sheets. It turned a cookie sheet into a magnetic center. When you put the cookie sheet on the stand, you create something exciting from something mundane. It also is perfect for kids to interact with material.
 It is also perfect for holding pictures/ manipulatives for your stories, poems, and any instruction. I used it here for a five little spider poem and song. You can get your free copy here.
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You will need:
  • 50 inches of 1/2 inch PVC Pipe
  • Cutting Implement (I use a Ratcheting PVC Cutter. The ratchet makes it very easy to slice through PVC. My tool cuts up to 2 1/2 inch PVC)
  • 2 Tee Sockets- Should fit 1/2 inch PVC pipe
  • 6- 90 degree Elbow Joints-Should fit 1/2 inch PVC pipe
  • Velcro
  • Optional: Decorative Duct Tape or Spray Paint
 Here are the dimensions for the completed stand.
 The project is very simple. You cut all your PVC pipe to the correct dimensions. To create the base of the stand, insert the 1 inch pipe into both sides of the Tee Socket. Do this for both sides of the base. Attach a 90 degree elbow joint to each side of the Tee Socket.
 Push the 10 inch PVC pipe into the top of each Tee Socket. Push an 8 inch pipe into each of the Elbow Joints on the Base.
The last step is to push Elbow Joints onto the top of the stand and attach the 8 inch section of pipe across the top. You're done with the stand, unless you want to decorate it. I attached decorative duct tape around each of the sections of pipe.
To attach the pizza pan or cookie sheet to the stand, add Velcro to the sides and top of the stand. In the picture, I put small sections. However, after using for awhile I attached Velcro the length of each stand. This keeps it from pulling off every time I switch the magnetic surface. I add small sections of Velcro to the back of the cookie sheet, or pizza pan.
 Thanks for stopping by to check out my Mini Magnetic Stand. I love it and hope you will, too!


  1. Love these ideas Laura! Thanks for the instructions for the mini stand.. love it!

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    1. Thanks so much for sharing your blog with me! You have lots of great ideas!

  3. I adore the way you present even the most dry concept and aspects in the most cute and engaging way. Its like a picnic, going through your blog and not to mention really informative as well.

    1. Thank you so much! I woke up to read this comment and it put a smile on my face :) It makes me so happy to hear that my ideas are making an impact in some way. Thank you very much!


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