Homemade Refrigerator Magnets

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April 24, 2015

vintage tin fridge magnetI 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.



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


  • 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.
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    May 26, 2009

    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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    June 27, 2011

    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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    April 5, 2010

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


    May 21, 2009

    These adorable ladybugs will bring you much joy when you put them on your refrigerator. Use simple supplies to craft these beautiful insects.



    August 9, 2007

    I buy packages of metal fridge magnet frames at the euro shop and decoupage them. I cut out matching pictures from magazines to put into the frames to make them fancier.


    These make wonderful little gifts. I have also sold these at Xmas and Easter bazaars.

    Photo frame fridge magnets.


    Christine Weber
    December 21, 2005

    For the kid in all of us. Pick up a used Scrabble game at the thrift store and create a set of alphabet magnets to grace a fridge door!

    tile magnets from scrabble pieces.


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    June 28, 2015

    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 28, 2010

    This one is a shout out to the magnificent Rubik's Cube.

    cube magnet


    January 15, 2010

    Refrigerator magnet featuring mouse on piece of cheese.

    Mouse Refrigerator Magnet


    May 25, 2009

    This cute bumble bee magnet is sure to be all the "buzz" hanging on your refrigerator.

    Bumble bee magnet.


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    July 23, 2012

    For the prettiest magnets use vintage earrings or brooches. I cut off the pin back on the brooches and the clip-on part of the earrings.


    Attach a small magnet with E-6000. I first noticed this idea at a craft show. They were selling for $5.00 and up to $10.00 each.


    April 1, 2008

    These joyfully smiling flower faced magnets are adorable in the kitchen, not to mention easy and fun for kids to create.

    Flower face magnets


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    April 23, 2013

    Following the instructions in the booklet, I made the letters that spelled out each of my childrens' names. I glued googly eyes tiny pom pom noses onto each of them. Then I attached a magnet to the back of each one.

    glue on eyes and nose


    October 21, 2005

    A quick and easy craft, great for school stalls:


    April 25, 2017

    I went to the Dollar General and decided to paint a little butterfly. It comes in a kit with acrylic paints and a brush and the butterfly with a magnet on the back. If I would have bought each of the items alone, it would have cost more than the dollar it cost me to buy the kit.


    The brush and the paint impressed me with their quality.

    My Dollar General Butterfly - finished butterfly on fridge

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    September 16, 2009

    Make going back to school fun for kids by creating these magnets for them to decorate their lockers.

    Brightly colored and decorated locker magnets.


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    November 18, 2008

    I found this at Spenser's Alley, a wonderful craft "mini mall" here in Salem, OR where I live.

    Fabric adhered to magnetic sheet and cut into shape of a star.


    December 18, 2007

    Cute, quick and frugal gifts or decorations! The magnets are used canning jar lids and smaller ones are from frozen OJ concentrate can ends. Base coat white or brown and paint faces.

    Juice Can Lid Christmas Magnets


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    June 29, 2011

    My daughter made these little foam art magnets for her dad on Father's Day. You could use these for any season or occasion.


    She cut out shapes and put adhesive backed magnetic stripping on the back.

    Foam star with "Happy Father's Day" written on it


    September 22, 2008

    I find old unused broaches, take the back clip off and add a magnet to the back. I use them on the refrigerator to hold notes and stuff.


    November 23, 2004

    I was doing a good cleaning on my refrigerator door and noticed most of my fridge magnets were advertisements. So, I went to my folder where I store pretty pictures, got out my glue stick, cut down a picture to slightly larger then magnet, and glued on a picture.


    July 8, 2004

    If you need more frig magnets to hang the kids' pictures and stuff, here is a cheap and easy way to make them. Buy a cheap bag of the wooden clip style clothes pins and the magnet strips you buy at the craft store.


    Have the kids use markers and color them.



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    December 4, 2011

    I'm making magnets to hold a child's drawings, homework, etc. I would like to personalize each one with their name with a whimsical form of writing. Any ideas, tips, etc.?

    By Karen


    December 7, 20110 found this helpful

    You could use a word art program and print them on card-stock then cut them in small circles. Then I get these glass disc that are round on one side and flat on the other. Paint the flat side of the glass with modge podge then lightly paint the cut card-stock press to the bottom of the glass let dry for 24 hours then hot glue magnet to the back.


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    December 7, 20110 found this helpful

    I personalize craft items at craft shows using either a Sharpie pen or an acrylic paint pen. I have trouble writing in a straight line and making my letters a uniform size, so I use a whimsical method by tipping the letters and putting one letter up and the next one down. When I finish writing, I put dots on each letter.
    Harlean from Arkansas

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    January 27, 2017

    A fun project for the kids or adults in the family is making decorative magnets. They can be used in your home or given as gifts. This is a page about making decorative magnets.

    Decorative Gift Magnets

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