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How to Make Your Own Magnets

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Many types of magnets are easy to make with a small number of inexpensive supplies. Beautiful magnets are functional for any refrigerator or filing cabinet. Make a batch of magnets yourself or with your kids for your own home or create them for gifts or party favors. Magnets make wonderful favors for birthdays, graduations, baby showers, wedding showers, wedding receptions, and more. Are you interested in selling your crafts online and/or at craft shows? Magnets are a great option. Happy crafting!

This article includes the following types of magnets.

Types of Magnets

Glass

Bottle Cap

Photo

Scrabble Tiles

Clothespins

Painted Stones

Felt

Plastic Buttons

Fabric Covered Buttons

Paper or Fabric Flowers

How to Make Bottlecap Magnets with a Vintage Twist! | tlcinspirations

Glass

I have covered glass magnets in a couple other articles, both of which I've linked below. Most likely you will have to order dimensional glaze and large glass cabochons online for these magnets. Glass cabochons come in different shapes including circle, oval, square, and rectangle. One of the best parts about glass magnets is that you can use virtually any type of paper for them. I love to use scrapbook paper, sheet music printed on cardstock (there are legal download sites for it), and original photos printed on card stock.


Bottle Cap

If you decide to make either glass or bottle cap magnets, it is easy to switch to the other one later, as the supplies are very similar. A lot of people use resin for the bottle caps, which is fine, but dimensional glaze works well, too. I highly recommend using a 1" circle paper punch for bottle cap magnets. It is so much easier than cutting them by hand. It is not essential to use card stock, but I've found that thinner scrapbook papers bleed through easily. Make sure that you give any inkjet printed images (i.e. photos) a coat or two of spray acrylic so the ink doesn't run.

Tip: You can use glass, bottle caps, or Scrabble tiles to make photo magnets.

Photo

There are numerous options out there for creating photo magnets. I have included a few tutorials. You can search for lots of others as well. If you're brainstorming new ideas for some of your Instagramphotos, this can be a great option. There are sites for ordering printed Instagram magnets, but of course you can make your own, too.

Scrabble Tiles

There aren't any tutorials available specifically for Scrabble tile magnets, but you can take the techniques for any type of Scrabble tile pendant and simply attach a magnet instead of a bail.

How to Make a Scrabble Tile Pendant | Beadaholique

These clothespins are decorated with vintage wall paper.

These clothespins are decorated with vintage wall paper.

Clothespins

Some people disassemble a clothespin and drill a hole in the wood for the magnet so that you can't even see it. If you choose to use the neodymium magnets and don't want to take this route, they are so small that you most likely won't notice them on the back of the pins. This is a great option for using up small pieces of scrapbook paper and fabric. Some people also paint designs and lettering on their pins.



Painted or Stamped Stones

This concept never would have occurred to be, but it's fabulous. If your painting skills are anything like mine, no, your stones won't look like those cute bunnies. That doesn't mean that this isn't worth attempting. If you already own rubber stamps, this is another great way to use them. Acrylic paint works well, too.

Felt

There are a lot of great, small felt projects out that that can easily be used for magnets. If you weren't crazy about the flower idea below, consider other options. Aren't these little cookies cute? Most likely E6000 will work just fine for gluing your magnets. If it doesn't, try a fabric glue.

Plastic Buttons

This is another type of magnet that I already covered in an article. I've linked that article below. If you already make and/or sell any type of button craft, you know that people are always interested in buttons. I have more conversations about buttons than any other type of craft medium that I use. New plastic buttons are readily available in craft and sewing stores. Keep an eye out for vintage buttons at thrift stores and garage sales. Consider layering buttons of different sizes, colors, and or/shapes. You can also add other embellishments, such as small cabochons, adhesive "pearls," and sequins.

Fabric Covered Buttons

For those who have been bitten by the fabric covered button bug and aren't sure what to do with all of the buttons, turn some of them into magnets. Keep it simple with just the fabric or add other embellishments such as stitching.

Paper or Fabric Flowers

I have made a lot of flowers out of both scrapbook paper and felt. I can't believe that I hadn't made any of them into magnets yet. As you can see in the photos in the right, thus far I have only made flat flowers. There are lots of tutorials out there for making dimensional flowers as well. Flowers are a great way to use up paper and fabric scraps from larger projects.

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© 2012 Rose Clearfield

Comments

Rose Clearfield (author) from Milwaukee, Wisconsin on September 26, 2012:

Thanks so much!

Crystal Tatum from Georgia on September 26, 2012:

Super cute and simple. Voted up and sharing!

Rose Clearfield (author) from Milwaukee, Wisconsin on September 26, 2012:

Thanks so much, ignugent!

ignugent17 on September 26, 2012:

This is great! Thanks for this wonderful way of doing magnets!

Rose Clearfield (author) from Milwaukee, Wisconsin on September 26, 2012:

Thanks, Cyndi! Right materials can make all the difference. I have invested in specialty supplies online for my magnets, such as the diamond glaze, and it has been well worth it.

That's great, rajan jolly! Thanks. :)

Rajan Singh Jolly from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on September 26, 2012:

randomcreative, I love the glass magnets and the stamped stones ones too. The latter look very cute.

Wonderful creative ideas to make some awesome looking magnets.

Voted up, useful and interesting. Sharing.

Cynthia Calhoun from Western NC on September 26, 2012:

Awesome! I can't wait to take a look at some of the videos. I have failed at making magnets before, haha, but I'm sure it's because I didn't have the right materials. Thanks for sharing this awesome information. :)

Rose Clearfield (author) from Milwaukee, Wisconsin on September 26, 2012:

That's awesome, Kelley! I hope that you get a chance to try this with them soon.

kelleyward on September 26, 2012:

Love this randomcreative! My boys will really enjoying making their own magnets. Voted up and pinned! Kelley

Rose Clearfield (author) from Milwaukee, Wisconsin on August 31, 2012:

That's awesome, Dolores. :)

Rose Clearfield (author) from Milwaukee, Wisconsin on August 31, 2012:

That's awesome, Dolores. :)

Dolores Monet from East Coast, United States on August 31, 2012:

So many cool options! I love the glass magnets, they are so pretty and must check out the stone ones too.

Rose Clearfield (author) from Milwaukee, Wisconsin on August 30, 2012:

Thanks!

MAGICFIVE from New York on August 30, 2012:

I think the felt cookies are so adorable!

Rose Clearfield (author) from Milwaukee, Wisconsin on August 22, 2012:

Kids' artwork is perfect for glass magnets!

Leah Lefler from Western New York on August 22, 2012:

I absolutely love the glass magnets. I need to make some of those for my fridge! I could use the kids' artwork as a background - too cute!

Rose Clearfield (author) from Milwaukee, Wisconsin on August 11, 2012:

Thanks, Jamie! I really can't pick a favorite from this list either. I can't get over how talented some people are either.

Jamie Brock from Texas on August 11, 2012:

Wow, I LOVE all of these magnets.. they are so cute I couldn't even pick a favorite! I do have to say the painted stones are so neat! They are so detailed, I can't get over how talented some people are. Thank you for sharing another wonderful craft hub!

Rose Clearfield (author) from Milwaukee, Wisconsin on August 09, 2012:

Thanks, ChitrangadaSharan!

Chitrangada Sharan from New Delhi, India on August 09, 2012:

Great hub and very useful for kids and parents alike.

Rose Clearfield (author) from Milwaukee, Wisconsin on August 08, 2012:

You'll have to check out my article on DIY flowers, kr. They are really easy and so much fun! I think that kids would have fun with the Scrabble tiles, too.

Sara, what a great idea for magnets!

Thanks so much, Sherry!

Thanks, Jeff! You're right that these are both great ideas for kid projects and quick craft fair inventory. I've been selling the button magnets at fairs for over two years now, and they are always a hit.

Thanks, garage-remotes! That's great.

Rob Reel from Los Angeles, California on August 08, 2012:

This looks like a lot of fun & something that my kids would probably enjoy doing.

Jeff Gamble from Denton, Texas on August 08, 2012:

Rose - Great ideas! These are super if you are looking for a unique craft to do with the kids or if you are looking for quick and easy craft fair inventory - the plastic buttons and clothes pins are my favorites

Sherry Hewins from Sierra Foothills, CA on August 07, 2012:

You've given a ton of great ideas here. Fantastic hub, voted up and awesome. Shared

Sara Duggan from California on August 07, 2012:

Love making magnets. When I had a laminate machine I used to cute 1" circles from pretty paper, laminate them and add a flat magnet on the back.

Kristi Sharp from Born in Missouri. Raised in Minnesota. on August 07, 2012:

I was just thinking about making paper flowers the other day...you read my mind. Boy can you deliver! I'm really loving the felt too. Super great ideas. I think the scrabble tiles would be great for kids. -K

Rose Clearfield (author) from Milwaukee, Wisconsin on August 07, 2012:

Thanks so much, Josh!

Joshua Zerbini from Pennsylvania on August 07, 2012:

Rose,

Another awesome hub! The bottle caps look cool! And the scrabble tiles, now that looks very interesting! Thanks for sharing Rose!

Rose Clearfield (author) from Milwaukee, Wisconsin on August 07, 2012:

Thanks so much, Carly! You're right that any of these ideas could work on a large scale, such as a class project.

Carly Sullens from St. Louis, Missouri on August 07, 2012:

What great and inspiring ideas. I like these ideas for a big project, like a class project for school.

I am especially found of the glass magnets. They are always my favorite.

Voted up and shared.