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.
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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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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