Crafty Ideas Using Magnets

Dana Hinders
Making magnets is a quick and thrifty craft project.

It's easy to buy pre-made refrigerator magnets from almost any retailer, but there are plenty of crafty ideas using magnets that can help you create something a bit more unique.

Fun and Easy Crafty Ideas Using Magnets

Creating customized refrigerator magnets is a quick and practical craft project. In less than an hour, you can have a batch of unique magnets to decorate your home or to give as a gift for family and friends.

Small magnets can be purchased from craft stores such as Joann Crafts or Hobby Lobby. Another great alternative source of materials for your projects is the free refrigerator magnets businesses often distribute as part of their marketing and advertising campaigns. Simply attach these magnets to your project with a strong double-sided tape, such as the adhesives commonly sold with scrapbooking supplies.

Origami Picture Frame Magnets

Origami picture frames are great crafty ideas using magnets for people who like to display photos in their homes.

Supplies:

  • 6x6 square of paper, either origami paper or scrapbooking paper cut to size
  • Glue stick
  • Picture to frame
  • Magnet for back

Instructions:

  1. With the patterned side face down, fold your paper in half horizontally and vertically. Open up to reveal a crease that resembles a cross.
  2. Fold the bottom edge and top edges about 1/4 of the way down the paper.
  3. Fold the side edges in 1/4 of the way down the paper, creasing well.
  4. Flip your paper over so the patterned side is face up. Fold each of the corners into the center.
  5. Glue down the triangle flaps you created to make your frame flat.
  6. Flip the frame over and insert the picture.
  7. Attach the magnet.

Glass Bubble Magnets

Glass bubble magnets are a simple project that can be personalized to suit any interest or home décor theme.

Supplies:

  • Glass pebbles with a flat back-typically found with the floral arranging supplies in your local craft store
  • Photos, clip art, or stickers
  • Scissors
  • Decoupage adhesive
  • Paintbrush
  • Popsicle stick
  • Round magnets for the back of your project
  • Clean Altoids tin to decorate for gift giving, if desired

Instructions:

  1. Select the artwork for your magnets. Keep in mind that the glass will distort the image somewhat, so it's best to choose something without a lot of small details.
  2. Use scissors to trim the artwork to the size of the back of your glass pebble.
  3. Adhere artwork to glass with paintbrush and decoupage adhesive. Use a thin coat and smooth out any bubbles with a Popsicle stick.
  4. Attach your magnet to the back of the project when dry.
  5. If you're giving these crafty ideas using magnets as a gift, try presenting them in a decorated tin. Altoids tins are the perfect size for a set of four to six magnets.

Salt Dough Magnets

If you have children at home, they'll love making salt dough magnets as a gift for their grandparents, teachers, or daycare providers. Salt dough is a simple modeling compound that is similar to Play-Doh when wet, but can be baked to harden into a permanent keepsake.

Supplies:

  • 2 cups flour
  • 1/2 cup salt
  • 3/4 cup hot water
  • Cookie cutters in desired shapes
  • Acrylic paints and other embellishments for decorating
  • Magnet for back of project

Instructions:

  1. Mix flour, salt, and water to create a batch of salt dough following the instructions in our Salt Dough Creations slideshow.
  2. Cut out shapes for your magnets using cookie cutters. Remember to keep the shapes fairly small and thin, so the magnets will be strong enough to hold them up.
  3. Bake your shapes in the microwave for approximately three minutes.
  4. When cool to the touch, paint and decorate as desired.
  5. Attach magnets to the back.
Crafty Ideas Using Magnets