Getting Crafty: Pretty Custom Magnets

When looking through all the craft supplies I’ve saved up from childhood, a bag full of old and forgotten fridge magnets caught my eye. From the free Domino’s magnets they used to leave on your doorstep to cute little-kid magnets I had as a child, these magnets had not been displayed in a long time. A while back, I saved them all in a big baggie, thinking I may be able to reuse them somehow later on, but not knowing quite how.

While looking through the supplies, I also found these beautiful squares of origami paper! I am terrible at origami – I am not all that coordinated, nor do I have the patience to work at getting better. I saved these pieces of paper for a future craft project, but have always found them too pretty to use on just any project.

When I had both the magnets and the paper together in one place, it hit me – why not repurpose the useful magnets with designs I actually like??

The project was a success – the magnets turned out great, and they were both fun and easy to make.

The final result!
The final result!

 

Here’s how to do it at home!

 

You’ll need:

– Magnets (you can use old magnets, or purchase sheets of magnets at any craft store)

– Paper to cover the magnets with

– Tacky glue (less messy than Elmer’s glue)

– Paintbrush for tacky glue

– Heavy books to help the magnets dry flat

Beautiful paper
Beautiful paper

 

Instructions:

1) Choose the paper and magnet you want to cover (or cut out a magnet from your sheet). Trace the back of the magnet on the back of your decorative paper.

2) Cut out the design and carefully line it up with your magnet.

3) Use your paintbrush to paint tacky glue on the front of the magnet. Be careful not to use too much, or the magnet will have wrinkles and creases.

4) Place the design on your magnet and press firmly, smoothing out the paper from the center to the edges.

5) Place magnet under heavy books for a day to help dry flat!

 

And there you go! Super easy.


You can even get more creative with your magnets by covering them with solid-colored paper and then adding on rhinestones, glitter, lace, etc. to decorate.

 

Tacky glue
Tacky glue

 

Supplies
Supplies

 

Choosing which paper will go on each shape
Choosing which paper will go on each shape

 

Tracing
Tracing

 

Letting them dry!
Letting them dry!

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