DIY Magnets

JM came home from work the other day complaining about how he doesn’t have any magnets for his file cabinet at work. I swear I’m a good listener, but all I heard was “fun magnet craft project”!!!!

It is so easy to make your own magnets, so I dragged JM to Michael’s to pick out something fun, and here’s what we ended up with! Check out these DIY Magnets!

DIY Magnets

Not only is it simple to make your own magnets, but you have a TON of different options for customizing them! I’ve seen people make DIY magnets using buttons, vase filler marbles, or clear flat marbles with pretty paper or photos behind them; the options are endless!

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All you need is a magnet, some glue (hot glue, white glue, super glue, any kind will work!), and something fun to attach to the magnet.

And it’s a great craft to have your kids help you with! Just make sure you use white glue instead of hot glue if your kids help so that they don’t burn themselves!

DIY Magnets

JM chose some flat glass hexagon tiles that we found in the floral section (with other glass vase fillers and marbles) for his magnets. Look how pretty these are!

DIY Magnets

Just stick some glue on your magnet, press it onto your tile (or whatever), and let it dry!

DIY Magnets
DIY Magnets

And now you have fun magnets!

DIY Magnets

You can personalize your magnets even more by using clear glass tiles or flat marbles. Take a piece of paper or a photo, cut it to the size of your glass, and glue it onto the back of the glass with white glue or Mod Podge. Once the glue is dry, glue the glass onto the magnet, and you have a perfectly customized magnet!

My brother’s class made photo magnets one year as a class project for Mother’s Day, and the magnet is still up on my parents’ fridge! Look how adorable he was 15 years ago!

DIY Magnets

What are the coolest magnets you’ve ever seen? I saw a little bendy paper clip guy and a paper clip dog with magnets for their feet. Cute!

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Jessi Wohlwend

I believe that anyone can do crafts and DIY projects, regardless of skill or experience. I love sharing simple craft ideas, step by step DIY project tutorials, cleaning hacks, and other tips and tricks all with one goal in mind: giving you the tools you need to “do it yourself”, complete fun projects, and make awesome things!

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  1. Shannon says

    9 years ago

    super fun and easy project! I’m sure he loves them 🙂

  2. Shannah @ Just Us Four says

    9 years ago

    So cute! I used to make magnets all the time but now only a small part of our fridge is magnetic so they are useless. Once day I will get around to making a magnetic board I guess.
    Thanks so much for linking up to the Pinworthy Projects Party this week!

  3. Monsterscircus says

    9 years ago

    Very nice mosaic tiles, I wondered what precious you have gled on the magnets, nice tip! Have a lovely day!

  4. Crystal says

    9 years ago

    I laughed so hard when reading your post how you were listening and heard fun magnetic craft project. They turned out great! I must confess, I have never made magnets because I usually find some really cute one…like my hand painted ones from Cozumel.

  5. Priscilla says

    9 years ago

    I love this idea so much! I have some deco rocks on hand already, I might have to craft some tonight…

  6. Barbara says

    9 years ago

    I’m confused. You say to be sure to use white glue, NOT hot glue. But, your pics. show hot glue. Which do you use, & why is 1 better than the other? Thanks!

      • Barbara says

        9 years ago

        Thanks for replying Jessi. I’m easily confused, LOL!

        • Jessi @ Practically Functional says

          9 years ago

          Lol! Not a problem Barbara, I realize it wasn’t super clear, so thanks for asking!

          I made a minor edit to the post too, so hopefully it’s more clear now. 🙂

  7. Sara says

    9 years ago

    I used to love making my own magnets!! 🙂 I used to glue magnets onto cute wooden cutouts of sea life for the fridge. 🙂 Great project.

  8. PJ says

    9 years ago

    I just moved my filing cabinet so that I can utilize both sides of it for magnets… Now to find some cute tiles.

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