Make fun refrigerator magnets at home in just minutes using vacation souvenirs, junk drawer stuff, and old hardware.
Last week, I re-shared a tutorial on how to make skeleton keys and hardware magnets from a couple of years ago. It was such a hit that I created another bunch of magnets this week.
I went through the junk drawer again and my stash of small stuff in the workshop, looking for magnet candidates. I found several pieces to make a grouping of beach themed magnets.
And I found a few furniture pulls and jewelry pieces for the next grouping of magnets. Remember, your displays should always be made up of an uneven number, meaning 1, 3, 5, 7, etc. For my magnet displays I felt 5 was a good number.
I spotted the wood spindle for the last grouping and thought it would be fun to use as a magnet. I will clean and wax the wood before adding the magnet.
I had to run to Hobby Lobby and buy more magnets. The magnets are not expensive- this big package was $3.99. If you are going to make refrigerator magnets, do not use vinyl magnet tape or smallish magnets. They are not very strong.
I couldn’t hold the camera and operate the hot glue gun at the same time. But you know how to put glue on a magnet and stick it to the item. Easy. Isn’t my glue gun lovely? I bought a fancy new one a few years ago, but I still like this one better.
I have a couple of magnetic boards in my kitchen, but I needed a special piece for the beach-themed magnets. I already had the silverplate/silver plate tray. Magnets stick to these trays like glue.
For the beach theme I went with a cinnamon or terra cotta color instead of blue. Once the tray was dry, I dry-brushed it with white paint.
Then, I drilled a hole in the tray to hang it from a nail. It is easy as pie, and I like the beach themed magnets against the terra cotta color.
My first thought was to add sisal rope to the back of the tray or drill holes for the rope, but that was too much trouble. You know I’m a lazy crafter.
The bold yellow tile magnetic board sits on my kitchen counter. I moved it to a new location and stuck some hardware magnets to it.
These magnets truly take only minutes to make. I made 15 magnets in less than 5 minutes.
The magnets in the photo above are from a group I made last year. They are hanging on the side of our refrigerator. I especially love the tiny New Orleans souvenir salt shaker magnet. The colors are so vibrant.
I don’t know what our refrigerator doors are made of, but magnets will not stick to them. Maybe the type of stainless steel?? And the sides of the refrigerator do not look like stainless steel at all.
I placed all the magnets on the painted silverplate tray for this photo.
This really was a simple project. I spent less than an hour making the silverplate magnetic board and the magnets. Okay, it did take 30 minutes or so to gather the items for the project. But still, a quick, easy, and fun project.
Which magnets did you like best, and are you ready to make some magnets? Thanks for being here, Kathy
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