Stuck on You: DIY Magnets and Crafting Tips

Stuck on You: DIY Magnets and Crafting Tips

After I posted my cookie sheet magnetic memo board blog post, I was tickled by all of the response to the magnets I used. Not that folks didn’t like the memo board, but they were definitely curious about the magnets.

So, another blog post was born!

DIY magnets are old-hat for crafters like me. They aren’t difficult to make and there is an endless supply of options to turn into magnets. But, I’ve made them often enough to not only have some favorite crafting bits but also some helpful tips. This post contains affiliate links for your crafting convenience.

There are a couple of different magnet options that I typically use: regular craft magnets and Rare Earth magnets, the latter of which are very, very strong.

Using magnets and broken jewelry, puzzle pieces, salvaged spigot faucet handles, and vintage buttons to create DIY decorative magnets by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Ready for a super easy DIY?

I use both kinds for different bits- regular magnets for lighter weight options, and Rare Earth magnets for heavier bits. Some of my favorite things to turn into magnets include:

Stacked vintage buttons…

Using magnets and broken jewelry, puzzle pieces, salvaged spigot faucet handles, and vintage buttons to create DIY decorative magnets by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Like little cupcakes…

Old faucet / spigot handles…

Using magnets and broken jewelry, puzzle pieces, salvaged spigot faucet handles, and vintage buttons to create DIY decorative magnets by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

“Industrial flowers”

Broken jewelry…

Using magnets and broken jewelry, puzzle pieces, salvaged spigot faucet handles, and vintage buttons to create DIY decorative magnets by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Glam up your fridge!

Old wooden puzzle pieces…

Using magnets and broken jewelry, puzzle pieces, salvaged spigot faucet handles, and vintage buttons to create DIY decorative magnets by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Won’t these make adorable magnets??

And dollhouse elements (especially vintage farmhouse bits!)…

Using magnets and broken jewelry, puzzle pieces, salvaged spigot faucet handles, and vintage buttons to create DIY decorative magnets by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Farmhouse miniatures = farmhouse magnets

DIY Magnet Tip #1

The craft itself is ridiculously easy- you just glue the magnet to the bit and let it dry.

  • Let your magnets dry on top of a magnetic object with the “bit” in between. Use the magnetism to get a better seal with your glue (such as my favorite super glue).
DIY magnets with repurposed broken jewelry, puzzle pieces, dollhouse miniatures, vintage buttons, salvaged spigot faucet handles, tea tins, and clothespins for decorative refrigerator magnets by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Magnetic pull makes for a better glue seal!

DIY Magnet Tip #2

Another fun item to turn into a fridge magnet? Old tins- spice, tea, tobacco, etc. They are perfect for holding pens, pencils, toothpicks, coffee stirrers, whatever you need handy.

DIY magnets with repurposed broken jewelry, puzzle pieces, dollhouse miniatures, vintage buttons, salvaged spigot faucet handles, tea tins, and clothespins for decorative refrigerator magnets by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

It-tea Bit-tea tins

And to make it even easier?

  • You don’t even need glue! Stick a magnet inside the tin, then stick the tin directly to your fridge- one magnet can hold light weight things, but add a second magnet to make it sturdier.
    DIY magnets with repurposed broken jewelry, puzzle pieces, dollhouse miniatures, vintage buttons, salvaged spigot faucet handles, tea tins, and clothespins for decorative refrigerator magnets by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

    Easy…nothing permanent!

    DIY magnets with repurposed broken jewelry, puzzle pieces, dollhouse miniatures, vintage buttons, salvaged spigot faucet handles, tea tins, and clothespins for decorative refrigerator magnets by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

    Functional AND cute.

DIY Magnet Tip #3

Another great “bit” to turn into a magnet is an old clip-style clothespin! They are perfect for holding phone messages, quick-trip shopping lists, a recipe, etc.

And here’s a REALLY fun tip- you don’t need to buy magnets for this! You know those magnet-business cards that are stuck on phone books (usually for an injury lawyer…)?

  • Cut those free phone book magnets into strips and glue them to clothespins to make the perfect clip magnet!

    DIY magnets with repurposed broken jewelry, puzzle pieces, dollhouse miniatures, vintage buttons, salvaged spigot faucet handles, tea tins, and clothespins for decorative refrigerator magnets by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

    I won’t reveal the business magnet that I cut up. My lips are sealed!

And there you have it! This is a GREAT project to work on for even a non-crafter; it’s easy, it’s inexpensive, and you may already have all of the materials you need around the house.

DIY magnets with repurposed broken jewelry, puzzle pieces, dollhouse miniatures, vintage buttons, salvaged spigot faucet handles, tea tins, and clothespins for decorative refrigerator magnets by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

So cute, right?

Craft on!

S

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PIN ME!DIY magnets with repurposed broken jewelry, puzzle pieces, dollhouse miniatures, vintage buttons, salvaged spigot faucet handles, tea tins, and clothespins for decorative refrigerator magnets by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Comments

  1. I love making magnets from found items, but I have never thought to use all those ‘advertisement’ pliable magnets for my own projects – brilliant! I’d love it if you’d share this at Reviews, Chews & How-Tos this week for our first Awesome Life Friday Link Up http://rchreviews.blogspot.com

  2. Wow – these are great ideas!! I love the tin on the fridge for pens!!

  3. These are sooo cool! Now I need to buy magnets!

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  4. I love these… so clever and fun!

  5. These are really great ideas for magnets. I have used legos for mine, but I think I have some new avenues to explore thanks to your post!

  6. What a great magnet idea! I’m so glad you shared it at Totally Terrific Tuesday! #tttparty

  7. Glenda Topping says:

    As a Realtor who sends out magnetic calendars, I usually have some leftover at this time of year. It is not in my character to throw perfectly good magnet sheets away. Thank you for this clever idea of a great way to use them.
    Glenda T

  8. Dee Starr says:

    Great idea and project for moms and kids to do! Neat way to organize little beauty supplies, ie mascara, lipsticks, eye liners, etc. “in a tin”! Possibilities are absolutely endless! THANK YOU!

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