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There are many fun ways to make creative magnets. This guide is about homemade decorative magnets.

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May 18, 2015 Flag
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Make a nautical themed fridge magnet for a beach home and bring the seaside feel right into your kitchen. Use them as a fridge decoration that pops, or stick your child's drawings of your summer holiday to your fridge and create some special memories.

Total Time: one hour, including drying time

Yield: one fridge magnetfinished magnet


  • hexagon-shaped natural wooden coaster
  • selection of small sea shells; sea stars and pieces of broken coral
  • 1.1 in 2mm thick plastic spacer
  • two small square craft magnets
  • powder blue acrylic paint
  • white paper raffia
  • red crochet thread
  • natural twisted jute twine
  • teaspoonful of sea sand
  • paintbrush
  • Super Glue
  • hot glue gun and glue sticks
  • quick-drying craft glue (such as Bostik Clear)
  • Heritage Spray-on contact glue
  • quick-drying matt spray varnish

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  1. Give the front and sides of the coaster an uneven wash with the powder blue paint and allow to dry thoroughly.
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  3. Make the life buoy:
    a. Cut a piece of paper raffia and glue the one end to the back of the spacer. Twist the raffia tightly around the spacer and secure the second end at the back again.
    b. Add four red sections with the crochet thread. For the first one, cut a piece of red thread and twist the thread around the spacer five times. Pull the thread tight around the spacer and end it off with a knot at the back. Neatly cut off the loose ends of the thread. Repeat three more times, ensuring that the red parts of the buoy are evenly spaced.
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  5. Super glue the two magnets to the back of the coaster and allow to dry thoroughly before turning the coaster over.
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  7. Use hot glue to frame the coaster with the twine, and neatly cut off any protruding edges.
  8. Hot glue the life buoy and a few bigger shells in place.
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  10. Add smaller shells and pieces of broken coral to complete the arrangement.
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  12. Spray parts of the coaster with Heritage Spray-on contact glue and while the glue is still wet, sprinkle sand over the coaster. Allow to dry thoroughly.
  13. Spray the coaster with the spray varnish. Remember to work in a well-ventilated area when spraying the varnish. Allow to dry and add a second coat. Allow to dry and whoo-hoo! Your nautical coaster is ready to be used!
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July 1, 2015 Flag

This very big button has the perfect holes for threading through bright crochet thread and yarn for magnets.

finished magnet

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January 8, 2013 Flag
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This tutorial teaches you how to make beautiful glittery glass magnets using a few materials and nail polish you probably have lying around your house.

Three of the finished magnets.

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April 24, 2015 Flag
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I save the tins with cute, vintage looking graphics after cleaning out my cupboards to make desk sets and/or refridgerator magnets! They would make a cute gift too.

vintage tin fridge magnet


  • old spice or baking tins
  • magnetic tape
Reusing Vintage Tins

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  • Just add tape to the back of old spice tins from your cupboards for a cute vintage desk set or pencil/stamp container on your fridge.
  • January 25, 2011 Flag

    Bottle caps, loose beads, some glue, and a magnetic strip easily transforms into a trendy gift set of matching magnets; PERFECT for a hostess gift!

    Bottle Cap Magnets

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    July 25, 2011 Flag
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    Send a kiss to someone you love by way of these cute little critters. With just small pieces of felt and some magnets, your love will soon be on the way. They make a cute gift for any occasion.

    Grinch and Snowman magnents

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    May 9, 2011 Flag

    What to do with those advertising magnets; that is the question? Let the kids make holiday decorations for the refrigerator out of them; that is the answer!

    Seasonal Refrigerator Magnets

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    June 27, 2011 Flag
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    Give your fridge color with some cute magnets and let Uncle Sam bring in the 4th of July. With a few scrap supplies and glue or thread, you can whip these up in no time.

    pink bunny magnet

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    September 3, 2015 Flag

    Silk flowers can easily be turned into cute magnets, perfect for using in a locker or on the fridge.

    Flower Locker Magnets

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    June 28, 2015 Flag

    I got a free image on Pinterest of several shapes of thread spools.I thought it would be a cool idea to use up some old trim I found for .50 a box.

    finished pin and magnets

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    April 3, 2013 Flag
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    Easy and affordable spring refrigerator magnet that holds a note pad or a cherished photo. A darling gift for children to make and give as gifts for Mother's Day or Grandparent's day.

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    April 5, 2010 Flag

    This is what you really wish you could put on your office door.

    Approximate Time: 2 hours



    Paint your choice of color. Let dry. Write "complaint form" on the bottom, and cut some paper to fill in the clip.

    Hot glue or E6000 a larger magnet to the back, as it has to clear the clip on the back.

    It looks good on the fridge, but can be a real conversation starter for the file cabinet at work, too.


    By Sandi from Yorktown, VA

    May 26, 2009 Flag
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    A good use for those business cards that are attached to magnets. You can cut a photo to size and glue to magnet and place on your refrigerator.

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    September 15, 2008 Flag

    I love making people little things and then giving them gift baskets. One of the things I make are magnets. Magnets can be made from all kinds of thing. The ones I am submitting are the small photos on the backs of calendars.

    Decorative Gift Magnets

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    May 21, 2011 Flag

    Don't throw away old theme calendars, some of them have thumbnails on the very back page that make perfect fridge magnets. Cut each thumbnail out individually and place on a magnetic sheet.

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