DIY magnets: ransom notes

These ransom note magnets are easy to make with Mod Podge!As a kid I always loved those plastic alphabet letters! We had them all over our fridge. I think that, combined with my love for all things type, is what made me want to make this project. These DIY magnets are so easy . . . and the ransom note font makes them fun, too (I offer a free printable below for that part!).

You will need:

  • Wood blocks (wood, saw, pencil)
  • Gloss Mod Podge
  • Scissors
  • Sponge brush
  • Adhesive magnet
  • Letter sheets (download here)

memory game vid_1Mark the wood to the length you want the blocks to be and cut them to size.

memory game vid_2Sand off any rough edges.

memory game vid_3Make as many as you like!

You will probably want at least one of each letter, if not a few extra vowels.

ransom noteDownload and print off the letters. OR even better, draw your own on some paper and use them!

ransom note_1Cut out the letters and pull out your Mod Podge!
ransom note_3Apply a generous coat of Mod Podge and stick the letter onto the front of the block. Cover the edges too and wrap the excess over.

ransom note_4Cut a piece of adhesive magnet and stick it to the back on the block

ransom note_5To give your blocks a nice clean finish paint the sides black or white.

DIY magnets - ransom notesTA -DA! Have you seen a cooler way to communicate using magnets on your fridge? I think not. 😉

Dom blogs at Crafted and lives in Sydney, Australia. You can find more of her creative adventures on Facebook, Twitter,  Instagram, and Pinterest!


  1. Brenda West says

    So clever! I love the printable letters, too. Thanks for the wonderful ideas. b.west

  2. Esmeralda says

    Oh-em-gee!! Totally making these this weekend with the kids!! Brilliant just brilliant! ! Thank you!!