How to Make Refrigerator Magnets

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Don't let your refrigerator get cluttered with old, weak magnets that can barely hold a grocery list or those freebie fast food menu magnets from the pizza place down the street. It's time to give your fridge a makeover. Homemade magnets add a dose of custom color and personality to your kitchen and take less than 30 minutes of hands-on time to create. Another added bonus is that kids can easily do these projects as well.

These three magnet projects are easy to execute.
(Carrie Waller)

Things You'll Need:

  • Patterned scrapbook paper
  • Wooden clothespins
  • Pen
  • Scissors
  • Craft glue
  • Paintbrush
  • White acrylic craft paint
  • 1/2-inch wooden squares
  • Round magnets
  • Super-hold glue
  • Black oil-based paint pen
Lay out all of the necessary materials for the project.
Carrie Waller

Lay a piece of patterned scrapbook paper on a flat surface, and then place a wooden clothespin on top. Use a pen to trace the edges of the clothespin onto the paper and then cut the shape out with scissors. Repeat the steps on seven different pieces of paper.

Trace the shape of the clothespin onto the paper, and cut them out.
Carrie Waller

Squeeze a line of craft glue onto the top of the wooden clothespin, spread it around with your fingertip or a paintbrush so that the layer of glue evenly covers the surface of the clothespin. Then, gently lay the cut paper on top, patterned side up. Press the paper down all the way to the edges, and set the clothespin aside to dry. Repeat the steps on seven clothespins, and allow the lot to dry for 30 minutes.

Glue the paper cut outs to the top of the clothespins.
Carrie Waller

Using white acrylic craft paint and a small paintbrush, paint the top and sides of seven 1/2-inch wooden squares, which can be purchased already cut to size at your local craft store. Allow the squares to dry for one hour. Add a dot of craft glue to the patterned side of one clothespin, and gently press the white-painted square on top. Repeat the steps on each of the seven clothespins, and allow them to dry for 30 minutes.

Paint wooden squares white and glue them on top of the clothespins.
Carrie Waller

Add round magnets to the back of each clothespin with super-hold glue. Finish by using a black oil-based paint pen to write the first letter of each day of the week onto the white squares. Allow the finished DIY magnetic clothespins to dry for 30 minutes before handling.

Use super-hold glue to add magnets to the back of the clothespins and write out the first letter of each day of the week on the white squares.
Carrie Waller

Add the magnetic clothespins to your refrigerator door, and then plan the coming week's dinner menu by clipping recipe cards and take-out menus onto the clothespins.

Plan the recipes for the week.
Carrie Waller

Things You'll Need:

  • 1-inch wooden squares
  • Acrylic craft paint in a color of your choice
  • Paintbrush
  • White acrylic paint
  • Alphabet stickers (optional)
  • Super-hold glue
  • Small round magnet
Lay out all of the necessary materials for the project.
Carrie Waller

Paint 1-inch wooden squares in a bold color using acrylic craft paint and a small paintbrush. Choose a color that will contrast well with white paint. Allow the paint to dry for one hour.

Paint wooden squares in a bold color using acrylic paint.
Carrie Waller

Use the same small paintbrush to freehand letters in white acrylic paint onto the front of the painted wooden squares. Allow the paint to dry for one hour. If you aren't confident in your ability to freehand the letters, alphabet stickers give you the same clean look, too.

Add white letters to the top of the painted squares.
Carrie Waller

Squeeze a dot of super-hold glue onto the back of the wooden painted squares, and gently lay a small round magnet on top of the glue. Allow the magnets to dry in place for 30 minutes before handling.

Use super-hold glue to add magnets.
Carrie Waller

Add the lettered magnets to the fridge door in whatever witty saying you choose.

Add the magnetic letters to the refrigerator door.
Carrie Waller
  • Clear, glossy packaging tape
  • Scissors
  • Printed photos
  • Adhesive-backed magnet strips
Lay out all of the necessary materials for the project.
Carrie Waller

An easy way to create DIY laminated magnetic photos is to use packaging tape. Cut strips of clear, glossy packaging tape and then lay them carefully on both the front and the back of a printed photo. Use as many pieces of tape as you need to cover the surface of the photo, with some tape going off each edge. You'll want to have a ragged, overhung edge in this step. Repeat the process on all of your printed photos.

Cover the front and back of printed photos with clear, glossy packaging tape.
Carrie Waller

Now use a pair of scissors to cut off the excess tape from each of the four edges. Leave a small edge of tape on all four sides of the photo to prevent separation. Repeat the steps on each photo. After pressing the tape down firmly across the front, back and edges, your photos are safe for everyday handling and use in the kitchen.

Cut off the excess tape around the edges of the photos.
Carrie Waller

Flip the photos over and lay down adhesive-backed magnet strips. You can reuse old freebie magnets by cutting them and gluing them with super-hold glue or hot glue. You do not need to scuff the glossy side.

Add adhesive-backed magnets to the backs of the photos.
Carrie Waller

Add the magnetic photos to your fridge door.

Add the magnetic photos to the refrigerator door.
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