Are you tired of seeing a boring refrigerator? Publican Anker can help you with How To Make Refrigerator Magnet that will inspire your creativity and create unique decorative items.
The magnet can be used to decorate your refrigerator. It also serves as a sticky note to help you remember everything, from food habits to scientific diets. Imagine that every morning, as you open your refrigerator, you can see cute magnets with the time and meal notes right in front. It’s very motivating to see the other uses of magnets. You can find more uses for magnets in the article.
How to Make Refrigerator Magnets
Method 1: Using Found Objects
1. You will need a small, flat object. You can make almost any object into a magnet. You should look for objects between 1 and 2 inches (2.54 to 6.08 cm) in width/tall but not too heavy. You should ensure that the bottom of the object or its back is flat. These are just a few ideas to help you get started.
- Small stones
- Starfish and seashells
- Large rhinestones
- Plastic animals, small and plastic
- Bold buttons
- Plastic flowers, cabochons, and other embellishments for scrapbooking
2. Find a magnet that will fit your object. The magnet should not be visible from behind the object. A round magnet can be used. A thin magnetic sheet can be used to cut a rectangle. Remember that flat sheet magnet are weaker than thicker button magnets. It is better to save weaker magnets for lighter objects.
Consider attaching two small magnets to your object if it is very large. One at the top and one at the bottom.
3. Use rubbing alcohol to clean the back of your object. The glue might not stick to very dirty objects. Use a cotton ball to soak the object in rubbing alcohol and then wipe it clean.
4. Add a little glue to the top of your magnet. The glue should be applied to the entire magnet’s top surface. Hot glue and industrial strength glue are both options. Items made from wood, foam, paper, and light plastics will all be suitable for hot glue. For heavier objects and any plastic, metal, or glass, an industrial-strength glue is best.
It is possible to glue the magnet, even if it has a sticky back. These magnets’ adhesives are usually not strong enough or durable.
5. The glue should be applied to the back of the object. It is important to press down enough to stick but not so much that it runs all over the place.
6. Before you use your magnet, let the glue dry. It can take from a few minutes to several hours for the glue to dry. Hot glue can be set in minutes. However, industrial-strength glues may take up to one day to fully cure. Double-check the label if you’re using industrial strength glue to determine how long it will take to dry and cure.
Method 2: DIY FRIDGE MAGNETS WITH YOUR SENIOR
STEP 1 – CHOOSE AND PREPARE THE DECORATIVE PAPER
Select the decorative paper that you will be using. This pack contains 4.5×6.5 scrapbooking papers. Mom loved the vintage look! Your magnets will look great together if you choose a matching paper pack. This can be done with any type of paper. Another batch will be made using a map of my mother’s hometown. It will be great for reminiscing.
Cut the paper into rectangles or squares, depending on whether you are using rectangular shapes. This was what I did for Mom before we started. However, depending on their cognitive abilities, they might be able to do it themselves.
STEP 2 – PAINT MOD PODGE ON THE PAPER SQUARES
Mod Podge Extreme Glitter was used, and Mom’s magnets came out beautifully! I think matte Mod Podge if your senior doesn’t like glitter, would work just as well… without the sparkles. The matte will be used for map magnets.
I mixed Mod Podge into a small paint tray and gave Mom a brush to apply it. This could also be done with a foam brush. Mom was a passionate painter before she was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. I thought she would love the paintbrush and paint tray.
I instructed Mom to pick the most beautiful spot on the paper and then paint a Mod Podge circle that is slightly larger than the glass gem. It doesn’t matter if it is a circle. Mod Podge is all you need to cover the area where the glass gem will go.
STEP 3 – PLACE THE GEM ON THE PAPER
Just place the gem over the Mod Podge, and allow it to dry completely. We let ours dry overnight.
STEP 4 – TRIM AROUND THE GEM
Use scissors to trim the gem around Mod Podge once it is dry completely.
Many tutorials on fridge magnets will instruct you to cut the paper to the same size as the gem, then to Mod Podge the paper to the gem. This can be tricky. Gems aren’t always round. Once the gem is cut, it must be positioned exactly on the gem.
This is done by adhering the gems to the sheet of paper and then cutting it out. Mod Podge is very easy to work with as it dries quickly. This hard gem is the ideal template. It’s impossible to mess it up. It was easy for Mom to trim the paper around the gem using her kid scissors. The edges of the gem curve, making trimming easy. They came out fantastic!
STEP 5 – GLUE ON THE MAGNET
Now, you can glue the magnet on. We decided to use Glue-All to attach the magnets to our glue guns. It is supposed to be stronger than regular glue. All our magnets seem to be attached so far.
This craft was easy to make and very affordable! Mom and I discussed the possibility of her making sets for Christmas and birthday gifts.
Do you want to work with your senior? You can find a list of senior-friendly large print materials and step-by-step instructions in my resource library. Subscribe to my weekly newsletter to get the password to my resource library of Alzheimer’s activities and caregiver materials.
Method 3: Making a Clothespin Magnet
1. Get your supplies together: Clothespins make great magnets. They can be used to clip and hold items such as recipes and memos. Here is a list of the supplies you’ll need to make one.
- Wooden clothespins
- Magnet (sheet is preferred)
- Decorations such as paint and washi tape
2. Get some wooden clothespins. You should get clothespins with a spring. Solid wood ones that aren’t able to open and close will not be suitable.
3. Decorate your clothespin. Here’s where you can be creative. No matter how you decorate it, the back must be left blank so that the magnet can stick. You should also be able to open and close it. These are some decorating tips:
- Washi tape can be used to cover the sides and top of your clothespin. Washi tape can be used to cover the top and sides of your clothespins with patterned scrapbooking tape. It can be found in an arts and craft store’s scrapbooking section.
- Use an acrylic paintbrush to paint your clothespin. It can be painted in one or multiple colors. The clothespin will look best with simple designs like stripes.
- Attach a flat, thin wooden shape such as a cat, dog, or another animal to the top of your clothespin. The clothespin should be approximately the same length as your wooden shape. The wooden shapes can be found in the wood section at an arts and craft store.
- Glue some buttons to the middle of your clothespin. You can experiment with various shapes, colors, or patterns. Just make sure the buttons are the same width and shape as your clothespin.
4. If necessary, let the clothespin air dry. It can take from a few minutes up to several hours, depending on how decorated it is. Some decorations, like washi tape, don’t need to dry.
5. To fit your clothespin, cut your magnet in half. To fit your clothespin’s back, cut a piece of magnetic sheeting. Two magnets are recommended for each clothespin if you use round, button magnets.
6. Attach the magnet to your clothespin’s back. Hot glue or industrial-strength glue can be used. You can draw a line of glue along the back of your clothespin and then press the magnet into the glue.
Place a small amount of glue at the top and bottom to attach round button magnets. The round magnets should be pressed into the glue.
7. Before you use the magnet, let the glue dry. After the glue has dried, you can attach the clothespin to your fridge door to keep recipes and memos.
Method 4: Make Magnets Out Of Used Bottle Caps
A used bottle cap is another material you could use to make your refrigerator magnets. You don’t have to throw them away. Instead, collect them and wash them off for unique decorations.
- Bottle caps (rinsed).
- Adhesive glue
- Metal nut
- A loose screw or another sharp object similar to it
- Cleansing cloth
You will need the following materials to make DIY bottle cap magnets: the desired amount of bottle caps and magnets, adhesive glue, metal nuts, and a cleaning cloth.
DIY Bottle Cap Magnets
- All of your materials should be placed in your workspace.
- Both the magnet and bottle cap should be cleaned.
- To scratch, both surfaces, use a loose screw or similar object.
- Attach the bottle cap by applying the adhesive glue directly to the nut
- Attach the back of your nut with more adhesive glue.
- Apply pressure to all three items and allow them to dry for at most one hour
You will first need to clean the magnet and bottle cap with a cloth. Once this is complete, you can scratch the surfaces using a loose screwdriver or another sharp object.
Like the Sandpaper used in the previous section to make button magnets, the screw creates ridges on the surfaces of the objects to strengthen the bond.
The next step is to apply the adhesive glue on the metal nut and attach it to the bottle cap’s backside. Attach the magnet to the bottle cap by applying more adhesive glue.
This will allow the magnet to reach your refrigerator against the outer edges of the cap.
Press the objects together with pressure. Allow them to dry for at most an hour before hanging them from your fridge. Allow the glue to dry for at least one day before using it.
Method 5: Making a Stamped Clay Magnet
1. Get your supplies. Beautiful magnets can be made from clay and rubber stamps. It can be painted on because it dries white. It is also lightweight so that it won’t slip down the refrigerator door. Here is a list of the things you will need.
- Dry air clay paper
- Rolling pin
- Use cookie cutters or a craft knife.
- Rubber stamps
- Optional ink pad
- Clear acrylic sealer
- A round magnet for buttons
- Use hot glue or heavy-duty glue.
2. Air dry clay should be rolled out until it is approximately 5mm thick. It is important not to make the clay too thin or too thick as it can crack when dries. Because it is lightweight, paper clay is very useful.
3. To imprint designs on the clay, use a rubber stamp. Later, you will be cutting out shapes. This is done to give the texture and design of the shape. Ornate designs such as damask or scrolls are possible. You can also use images or symbols such as a dog, cat, heart, star, or star.
- To make your design more colorful, press the rubber stamp in a colored ink pad. Your design will also transfer the color to clay.
- To stamp designs, you can also use brooches or buttons with ornate ornaments.
4. To cut shapes in your clay, you can use a cookie cutter and a craft knife. It doesn’t matter what shape you choose, but simple shapes like squares and circles will show your design better.
5. Allow the clay to dry. It can take up to 24 hours, depending on how dry or moist it is.
6. To smoothen any rough edges, use fine-grit Sandpaper. You could smoothen the edges with Sandpaper if the cookie cutters did not cut perfectly.
7. You might consider painting your piece. It can be painted with acrylic or watercolor paints. Acrylic paints can give you a more opaque look, while watercolor paints will leave it looking sheer. Before you move on, let the paint dry.
8. Your clay piece should be sealed on the back and front. You will notice a glossy look to your clay pieces. The clay will dry matte. Before sealing the back, seal the front. This will make your piece last longer. This will prevent the magnets from separating.
Spray it with an acrylic spray sealer. Mod Podge can be applied to it with a paintbrush, foam brush, or spraying with an acrylic spray sealer.
9. Attach a round magnet to the back of your piece of clay. Hot glue can be used or industrial strength glue.
10. Before you use the magnet, let the glue dry. While hot glue sets quickly and industrial-strength glues take several hours to dry. Each brand of glue is different, so make sure to read the label.
What can happen if you do not sand or scratch the magnet and surface before gluing?
This is done to give the object a better grip. You might find that they slip off or fall apart if you don’t.
How do you make fridge magnets for kids?
You will need the following items to make your fridge magnets at home:
- Mini art canvases are flat and small (very similar to big ones but not on a wooden frame).
- Watercolor paints (I love Splash brand fluid watercolors).
- White crayon.
- Thin magnets are available for purchase, or you can use the business card magnets that you already have on your refrigerator.
How can you clean a magnet?
You can clean a magnet by simply washing it with soap and water and drying it on a rack. After it has dried, you can spray it with mild sanitizer.
How can we make a permanent magnet at home?
Two magnets are needed. One North pole is placed on the iron and the other South pole on it. Repeat the process several times, drawing them towards each other. Hold a steel bar vertically and strike the ends with a hammer several times to make it a permanent magnet.
Is it OK to put magnets on a refrigerator?
Yes, magnets can be placed on your fridge. You can also use magnets to decorate your fridge. Don’t be afraid to damage your fridge by hanging magnets. It does not affect the functionality of your fridge. Fridge magnets are safe to use. You can still use neodymium magnetics to pin things to your fridge.
What can I do with fridge magnets?
Here are five ways to reuse magnets that you don’t want:
- Organize. Magnets are great tools for organizing in any environment.
- Pictures. Repurpose your old fridge magnets with new photos and photographs. You can also use them to display photos and other images.
- Magnetic Alphabet.
- Business cards
Do you want to add a new touch to your refrigerator? The refrigerator magnet is the most sought-after decorative item right now. Publican Anker is certain that you’ll create unique magnets after you read this article. These methods are very effective. Good luck!
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