Learn how to make DIY fridge magnets for decor or for gifts! You’ll get over 50 projects ideas in a variety of styles; great for beginners.
Have you ever made magnets before? Because if you haven’t, you’re in for a real treat. Beginning crafters pay attention – because magnets are about the best place to start with your crafting journey. They’re small, there’s a lot of room for error (for the most part), and you get to try a variety of techniques and materials depending on the fridge magnets you choose to make.
How do you make a simple fridge magnet?
The easiest way to make a magnet is to buy a small surface (like a glass marble, wood circle, or similar), decorate it, and glue a magnet onto it. There are some very simple projects like that in this collection.
Supplies for DIY Fridge Magnets
If you’re going to make magnets, you’re going to need supplies. There are four parts, generally speaking, to assembly:
- Magnets – this is a given, but the one mistake I see people making in their projects is that they don’t get magnets that are strong enough. Once decorated, they fall right off the surface I personally like to get strong ceramic magnets meant for crafting, like these.
- Surface – almost anything can be made into a fridge magnet. My favorites are glass marbles (I get mine from the Dollar Tree in the floral section) and wood circles. But almost anything can be used. It’s just a matter of 1) does it have a flat portion to the glue the magnet on and 2) can the weight be supported.
- Decor – you’re going to decorate your surface with something, whether it be Mod Podge and glitter, paper, photos, paint, and more. You’ll see in a variety in the roundup I put together.
- Adhesive – you might think Mod Podge is strong enough for DIY fridge magnets, but it’s not. It’s a decoupage medium, and that’s what it’s for. In the world of adhesives, you need something stronger. Aleene’s craft glue works well, but my ultimate preference is E-6000. It’s very strong and also waterproof.
Once you have these four elements, your magnet making can begin! There are, of course, additional ingredients you can use – but these are the basics. Now that you understand the basic idea, it’s time to get crafting. Scroll down to get 50 ideas for handmade fridge magnets. Let me know which one is your favorite in the comments.
DIY Fridge Magnets
Learn how to make easy homemade magnets using these simple tutorials. These DIY fridge magnets are great for kids or adults. Decorate your own home or give them as gifts!
DIY Magnets in Four Easy Steps
These DIY magnets are SO easy to make with decoupage medium and scrapbook paper! They have a fun nautical theme and make great gifts.
Learn how to make DIY picture magnets using photos you'll print yourself! This is an easy and inexpensive gift to make.
Ransom Letter Magnets (with Free Printable)
Make your own DIY letter magnets the easy way - with a fun font too! So simple, kids can do it. Free alphabet printable included.
Leaf Resin Magnets
Instead of pressing leaves, put them into resin to preserve them! These magnets are so easy to make, and kids can help.
Bright Painted Rock Magnets
Alisa doesn't even have words with this tutorial - that's how easy it is! My favorite part of these rocks are the patterns and colors she chose.
Floral DIY Magnets with Hand Embroidery
If you love the look of hand embroidery, these DIY magnets are perfect for you. The delicate floral pattern is so pretty! These make great gifts too.
Wine Cork Succulent Planter Magnets
These cute and colorful wine cork succulent planter magnets make your refrigerator way more charming. Even not-so-green thumbs can easily makes these.
Easy Bottle Cap Magnets
Learn how to make bottle cap magnets with Mod Podge. This is an easy craft idea for both kids and adults! Great for gifts and home decor.
Colorful Napkin Magnetic Clothespins
This simple tutorial will show you how to make colorful magnetic clothespins (with napkins and Mod Podge) to use on your fridge, or command center.
Easy DIY Hand Painted Magnets
There’s nothing quite like a practical, pretty, and handmade gift. These ceramic tile magnets are a tiny and useful gift for that special someone on your Christmas list!
Make Rainbow Magnets Using Watercolors
Make these cool rainbow magnets using acrylic shapes and Mod Podge. They're so easy to make with watercolor and look great on the fridge.
DIY Mini Polaroid Magnets
Looking for a fun way to jazz up your fridge or inspiration board? If so, these DIY magnets are just for you. With a few simple steps, you can transform your favorite images into fun-sized Polaroid magnets!
Paint Dipped Alphabet Magnets
Alphabet magnets get a modern twist with this cute painted set! I can see these on my fridge especially during a party, for guests to leave me lewd messages (lol).
Handmade Fridge Magnets in a Mason Jar
This is one of the easiest gifts you'll ever make! This jar includes handmade fridge magnets that take minutes to make. Simple and cute!
DIY Rainbow Magnets
There's a recent trend in rainbows that display more muted tones for home decor, and I like it. These DIY magnets are so easy to make from clay.
Patterned Scrapbook Paper Magnets
These magnets are so easy to make with Mod Podge! Grab a circle paper punch, wood circles, and magnets. Perfect for a ladies craft night.
Space Rocks Fridge Magnets
Let the kids paint rocks as if they were pieces of the night sky! These space rock fridge magnets are so fun to make, and I love how they look like the galaxy.
DIY Dinosaur Fridge Magnets
These DIY fridge magnets are dinos done right! Kim even put recesses in her plastic dinosaurs so the finished look would be a little more polished. I love them!
DIY Crescent Moon Magnets
Are you in the mood for metallics? Use air dry clear to make these moon phase fridge magnets! They're unique and perfect for gifts.
Geometric Painted Fridge Magnets
What a simple DIY, and all you need to make your painted magnets easily is a little bit of washi tape. You could do so many fun color palettes with this project!
Easy Glitter Clothespin Magnets
Learn how to make DIY clothespin magnets the easy way! This is a great craft for kids or adults, and no crafting experience is required.
Miniature Map Frame Magnets
If you love all things map related or are simply travel obsessed like I am, you NEED to make these miniature map magnets – you can make them in just minutes and totally customize them to your heart’s desire!
DIY Tiny Quilt Magnets
Here's a great project for using all your favorite little fabric scraps - make little DIY magnets for your fridge, dishwasher, bulletin board, and everywhere else they will stick!
DIY Plaster Lip Magnets
Do you need new fridge magnets? Might as well make them interesting - might as well make plaster lips! These are so easy to make,, and they are a perfect Valentine's Day gift.
DIY Cement Hex Magnets
Chelsey had some concrete hex pieces left over after other projects - so she painted them and turned them into magnets! They're easy to make, even if you're starting from scratch with the magnets.
Clay Cacti Handmade Magnets
This magnet tutorial goes to show that if you have a cookie cutter and some clay, you can pretty much turn any shape into a magnet! I love these cute cacti magnets and think they'd be perfect at my desk.
DIY Clay Tangram Magnets
Christmas presents can get so pricey, so these DIY tangram magnets can help ease the budget a bit. Alternatively, you could fall in love with them and keep them all to yourself!
Turn Coloring Book Pages Into Magnets
Do you like to color? How about you take one of your masterpieces and turn it into some super fun adult fridge magnets!
Mini Clay Pot Magnets
I've seen those mini clay pots at the craft store but wasn't quite sure what to make with them beyond fairy gardens. Now I know that they can be made into the cutest magnets ever with real air plants living inside.
Quote Magnets for Mom
As long as kiddos’ artwork, schedules, photos, take-out menus, notes from school, and all kinds of lists exist, moms will need magnets. And they might as well be adorable! These cute magnets have the most fun quotes. Free printable included.
Cement Pac Man Magnets
Ms. Pac Man is my mother's favorite video game of all time! I want to make a set for her and add a felt bow. Aren't these so cute and geeky?
DIY Color Blocked Glitter Magnets
I love working with resin, and these homemade fridge magnets are a great example of a project you can do with it! I love the letters and the addition of glitter - these would make a great housewarming gift.
How to Make Pom Pom Magnets
Adding pom poms to magnets? Why not! They make the cutest magnets, and great for holding up pictures in a nursery or kids' room.
Mermaid Tail Magnets
You need to see these magnets that look like mermaid tails. They are so fun and perfect for summer. Such a great craft to do with kids and they make cute gifts as well!
Child's Artwork Magnets
What do you do with children's drawings when they're done? Try putting them onto fridge magnets. You'll just need an inkjet printer and some Shrinky DInk printing sheets.
Easy Diy Bottle Cap Emoji Magnets
These DIY emoji magnets are quick and oh-so-easy, and a fun way to use up some of those bottle caps that you have been collecting! The longest part is waiting for the glue to dry.
DIY Crayon Magnets
The way that Amber put together these crayon magnets is genius! I want to make an entire set in my favorite Crayola colors.
Pokemon Pokeball Clay Magnets
Did you ever play Pokémon Go? This craft doesn't require you to perform any dangerous stunts. Make cute magnets from the safety of your own craft table! Great for gifts or party favors.
DIY Seashell Magnets
Turning these shells into magnets is one simple way to transform your found treasures into functional keepsakes you can enjoy everyday. We’ll show you how to make a magnet from your seashell finds.
Image Transfer Magnets
Did you have any idea that you could transfer laserjet graphics onto a clay surface? Me either! This is such a cute idea and there's no limit to what you can transfer.
Pressed Flower Resin Magnets
Capture the beauty of nature all year-round with these lovely DIY pressed flower and soft glitter translucent resin magnets. What a perfect gift for Mother's Day!
Mini Styrofoam Snow Cone Magnets
Grab small styrofoam balls, paper, and paint to make the cutest little magnets for summer! Think you can make a rainbow snow cone? Might be worth a try!
DIY Raw Crystal Magnets
You can make these bad boys in five minutes! You'll never find easier DIY fridge magnets - all you need are small crystals and glue.
DIY Tetris Magnets
You don't need to be a gamer or a geek to have hours of fun with these DIY Tetris magnets! Kids and adults will enjoy putting them together.
DIY Valentine Heart Magnets
Clay heart faces as magnets? I absolutely love them! I think these DIY fridge magnets would make great favors at a Galentine's Day party, don't you?
Conversation Heart Valentine's Day Magnets
To profess my love for conversation hearts, I made some colorful little Valentine’s Day magnets! What a great gift idea, and so easy.
Easter Magnets Shaped Just Like Peeps
Make these unique DIY Easter magnets using cookie cutters shaped like Peeps! These are so cute and easy – even a kid can make them.
Jack o' Lantern Halloween Magnets
These DIY Halloween magnets are shaped like pumpkins! They are easy to make, and I love their silly faces and nail stems.
Wood Slice Christmas Magnets
These DIY Christmas magnets are SO easy to make and are a perfect gift idea! Use your own cards or the free printable included.
Modeling Clay Melted Snowman Magnets
Make memories with your child that will melt your heart with these adorable melted snowman craft magnets. These are great for kids of all ages . . . since the snowman is melted, you don't have to be exact!
Did you enjoy these DIY fridge magnets? I’d love for you to check out these other posts I think you might enjoy:
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- Easy Crafts for Kids: 50 Unique Ideas
Thursday 14th of April 2022
Custom-Magnets.com has some Neodymium magnets with adhesive that are perfect for these projects!
Friday 11th of June 2021
Thank you for sharing. Great ideas.
Wednesday 9th of June 2021
Good One! Have a look at the refrigerator magnets by custom magnets direct. They too share amazing ideas for refrigerator magnets.