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DIY Letter Magnets (with Free Ransom Font Printable)

Make your own DIY letter magnets the easy way – with a fun font too! So simple, kids can do it. Free printable with multiple letters included.

Skills Required: None. Be sure to use laserjet or spray both sides of the inkjet printouts so your magnets don’t bleed. Otherwise you’ll be cutting and Mod Podging small pieces of paper to the top of wood rectangles (there’s some painting too).

Ransom Note DIY Letter Magnets

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!).

DIY Letter Magnets

You will need:

  • Wood – 1/2″ x 2″ x 3′ (3)
  • Saw
  • Miter box (optional)
  • Clamp
  • Gloss Mod Podge
  • Scissors
  • Sponge brush
  • Adhesive magnet sheet
  • Letter sheets (download here)
  • Pencil
  • Sandpaper
Sawing the wood in 1.25" lengths using a hand saw

Mark the wood to the length you want the blocks to be and cut them to size. For this project, we purchased three 1/2″ x 2″ x 3″ boards (and had scrap wood left over).

You should easily be able to get 64 magnets out of this if you cut the wood approximately every 1.25 – 1.3 inches.

Sanding the blocks using a piece of sandpaper

Sand off any rough edges.

Small wooden blocks laid out on a work surface with a piece of sandpaper and a ruler

Make as many DIY letter magnets as you like! The quantity depends on how long you want the phrases to be.

You will probably want at least one of each letter, if not a few extra vowels. If you make every letter on the sheet, which I recommend, there will be a total of 64.

Printed letter sheets with a pair of scissors laying on top

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

Small pieces of wood, letter cutouts, Mod Podge Gloss, and a paintbrush

Cut out the letters and pull out your Mod Podge!

Placing a small rectangle with the letter E down on a wood block with Mod Podge

Apply 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. Let dry for 15 – 20 minutes and then give them another coat.

Roll of adhesive magnet laying next to a letter magnet

Cut pieces of adhesive magnet and stick it to the back of your letter magnets.

Painting the sides of the letter magnets with black paint

To give your blocks a nice clean finish, paint the sides black or white. Let dry before using.

Learn how to make letter magnets

TA -DA! Have you seen a cooler way to communicate than using letter magnets on your fridge? I think not. 😉

Yield: 64 magnets

Letter Magnets

Learn how to make letter magnets

Learn how to make these simple letter magnets with wood, a free printable, and Mod Podge. It's so simple!

Prep Time 1 hour
Active Time 2 hours
Total Time 3 hours
Difficulty Easy
Estimated Cost $15

Materials

  • Wood - 1/2" x 2" x 3' (3)
  • Gloss Mod Podge
  • Adhesive magnet
  • Letter sheets
  • Sandpaper

Tools

  • Saw
  • Miter box (optional)
  • Clamp
  • Scissors
  • Sponge brush
  • Pencil

Instructions

  1. Mark the wood in approximately 1.25" lengths with a pencil. Cut until you have 64 pieces.
  2. Sand off any rough edges using the sandpaper.
  3. Download and print off the letters on laserjet (see Notes).
  4. Cut out the letters with the scissors.
  5. Apply a generous coat of Mod Podge and stick the letter onto the front of each wood block. Cover the edges and wrap the excess over. Let dry for 15 - 20 minutes and then give them another coat.
  6. Cut a piece of adhesive magnet and stick it to the back of the block.
  7. Paint the sides with acrylic paint. Let dry completely before using.

Notes

If you don't have a laserjet printer, seal both sides of your inkjet pages with either hairspray or clear acrylic sealer so that the Mod Podge doesn't bleed. Spray, let dry, and spray the other side. Let dry before Mod Podging.

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Esmeralda

Thursday 10th of July 2014

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

Brenda West

Monday 7th of July 2014

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

Lisa

Monday 7th of July 2014

I make these using dominos and real newspaper letters and words. Peeps love them.

Amanda

Thursday 3rd of July 2014

These are SO clever and unique, I love them!