How to Make Your Own Magnets
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
Fabric Covered Buttons
Paper or Fabric Flowers
How to Make Bottlecap Magnets with a Vintage Twist! | tlcinspirations
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.
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.
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Tip: You can use glass, bottle caps, or Scrabble tiles to make photo magnets.
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.
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.
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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.
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.
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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Are you looking for ideas for packaging your new handmade magnets? Check this out!
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