[DIY GUIDE] How-To Make Your Own Refrigerator Magnet
When I was browsing through the selection of refrigerator magnets at my local craft store recently, I wasn’t very impressed with the options that were available to me. After wishing that I could just make my own magnets, I came up with the great idea of following my own DIY guide on how to make custom refrigerator magnets.
How can you make your own refrigerator magnets? The general process of creating your own refrigerator magnets will consist of finding a small object that is flat in the back and connecting a magnet to it with a strong adhesive.
Contrary to popular belief, refrigerator magnets do not have to conform to the standards of a plain black disc with no charm or decorative characteristics. With just a few small household objects and inexpensive materials, the possibilities of what you can create for your home are endless.
In this article, we will be going over a few DIY ideas for making your own refrigerator magnets out of buttons, used bottle caps, and personal photographs. Keep reading to discover a step by step tutorial for each of these projects.
How To Make DIY Button Magnets
Making refrigerator buttons out of magnets is probably the easiest and most relaxing option for bringing some bright colors into your kitchen. With the smallest list of materials yet, you can have adorable buttons adorning your refrigerator door in less than an hour!
- Plastic Buttons
- Small magnets
- Adhesive Glue
- Cleaning cloth
The materials that you will need to make DIY button magnets are an assortment of plastic buttons, small magnets, adhesive glue, and a sheet of sandpaper.
DIY Button Magnets:
- Gather your materials in your workspace
- Use your cleaning cloth to wipe the magnet and buttons
- Scratch both surfaces with the sandpaper
- Apply a small amount of glue to the center of the magnet
- Attach the two objects and apply pressure
- Allow them to dry for about an hour before using
To begin this project after you have gathered all of your materials on a clean and flat surface, you will want to start by using your cleaning cloth to wipe off the magnet and buttons to clear them of any dust, dirt, or debris.
Next, you will need to use your sheet of sandpaper to scratch up both surfaces in order to give them a better grip once they have been connected. Immediately following this step, you will be able to apply a small amount of glue to the center of the magnet.
The best glue for plastic and magnets is Fevi Quick, but if you do not have access to this type of glue any brand of super glue will work.
Attach the two objects and apply pressure on the surfaces before allowing them to dry for about an hour before hanging them on your fridge for the best results.
How To Make Magnets Out Of Used Bottle Caps
Another material that you can use for creating your own custom refrigerator magnets is a used bottle cap. Instead of throwing them away, you can collect them and wash them off to use them for a unique decoration.
- Bottle caps (rinsed)
- Adhesive glue
- Metal nut
- Loose screw or similar sharp object
- Cleaning cloth
The materials that you will need for DIY bottle cap magnets are the desired quantity of rinsed bottle caps and magnets, along with adhesive glue, metal nuts, a cleaning cloth, and a loose screw or something sharp to scratch the surfaces with.
DIY Bottle Cap Magnets:
- Get all of your materials together on your workspace
- Clean both surfaces of the bottle cap and magnet
- Use the loose screw or similar object to scratch both surfaces
- Apply the adhesive glue to the nut and attach it directly to the bottle cap
- Apply more adhesive glue to the magnet’s surface and attach it to the back of the nut
- Put pressure on all three objects and leave them to dry for at least an hour
First and foremost, you will need to clean both surfaces of the bottle cap and magnet with a cleaning cloth. When this is done, you will be ready to scratch both of these surfaces with a loose screw or something equally as sharp.
Similar to the sandpaper that was used in the previous section for the button magnets, the screw will create ridges in the surfaces of both objects to strengthen the bond.
Next, you will apply the adhesive glue to the metal nut and attach it directly to the back side of the bottle cap. Apply more adhesive glue to the surface of the actual magnet, and attach it to the back of the nut.
This process will help the magnet to reach the refrigerator against the outer ridges of the bottle cap that sticks out.
Put pressure on all three objects together and leave them to dry for at least an hour before hanging them on your fridge. For the best results, allow the glue to set for about one day before use.
How To Make Picture Frame Magnets
As an alternative to the three-dimensional button and bottle cap magnets that will stick out from the front of your refrigerator, you can choose another DIY project that will conform to the surface more.
With the help of magnet sheets, you will be able to turn your most treasured photographs into refrigerator magnets that will remind you of what is most important.
- Magnet sheet/strips
- Cardstock/decorative paper
- Scissors or blade
- Ruler and pencil
- Adhesive glue
DIY Picture Frame Magnets:
- Gather all materials on top of a clean workspace
- Use the pencil and ruler to measure the area around the photograph on the paper
- Use the ruler to make an additional outline about one inch out from the original
- Cut out the paper frame you have measured out
- Use the outside of the frame to measure and cut the magnet sheet
- Apply adhesive to the back of the photo and attach the magnet
- Apply more adhesive to the back of the frame and place the photo behind it
- Smooth out the edges and air bubbles, and allow the magnet to dry for several hours
After you have gotten all of the necessary materials together in your designated workspace, you will need to use your pencil and ruler to measure the area around the photograph, as well as an additional outline about one inch out from the original.
When you cut along these lines, the result will be a paper frame that will fit the photograph inside. Use the outside of the frame to mark and cut the magnetic sheet or strip to the exact same size.
Apply glue to the back of the photo and attach it to the magnetic strip, with the magnet facing outward. Do the same thing with the back of the paper frame, and place it on top of the photo so you can clearly see it in the middle.
Finalize your product by smoothing out all edges and air bubbles, and allow the magnet to dry for several hours before you hang it up.
As you can see, there are tons of creative possibilities when it comes to making your own DIY refrigerator magnets. Using a few inexpensive household items, there is no better way to customize the decorations in your kitchen than this.
What can happen if you do not sand or scratch the magnet and surface before gluing?
The scratching and sanding process serves the purpose of creating a better grip for the objects. If you don’t do this, they might slip apart or fall off over time.
How can you clean a magnet?
To clean a magnet, you can simply wash it off with soap and water and allow it to air dry. Additionally, you can choose to spray it with a mild sanitizer after it has dried.