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Re-purposed Jewelry and Collage Magnets

Updated on October 26, 2020
Beautiful pin transformed into refrigerator magnet.
Beautiful pin transformed into refrigerator magnet.
Hot glue round magnets to back of pins.
Hot glue round magnets to back of pins.

Do you have a stash of old jewelry you can't part with and want to use somehow? Try making some of it into magnets for display for all to see and enjoy. I used to wear the pins pictured here, but no longer do and wanted to keep them.

Making a costume jewelry magnet:

  1. Use pliers to remove the pin back.
  2. Rinse and dry the jewelry thoroughly.
  3. Apply a small amount of hot glue to the back of the piece.
  4. Attach magnet pressing into glue.
  5. Let dry at least fifteen minutes before sticking to anything.

A bit of sparkle for the holidays.
A bit of sparkle for the holidays.
American Celebration
American Celebration

Making July 4th Magnets

The first thing I did was look through magazines, scrap booking papers and stickers related to the July 4th holiday. I then located different sized magnets I knew I wanted to create something new with.

Next I cut any papers to fit within the magnet and glued them on using a glue stick. I applied decorative stickers on last.


Happy 4th for July!
Happy 4th for July!
Watermelon Picnic
Watermelon Picnic
Bee & Ant Picnic
Bee & Ant Picnic

Ice Cream Cone Magnets

To make these ice cream cone magnets I simply cut pictures of ice cream cones out of a magazine. I then used a glue stick to adhere the pictures to a large thin magnet. Once the pictures were dry on the magnet I just cut the cone shape out.

Ice Cream Cone Magnet
Ice Cream Cone Magnet
Applique Sequin Watermelon Slice Magnet
Applique Sequin Watermelon Slice Magnet
Floral center piece, turkey and pumpkin pie.
Floral center piece, turkey and pumpkin pie.

Thanksgiving Sticker Magnets

I had fun making these magnets using stickers and old magazines. The standard 2x3 magnets worked just fine for this little project. Magnets that were mailed to me from various retailers were used to make these one-of-a-kind magnets.

Making a Thanksgiving Magnet:

  1. Cut out pictures from a magazine for the background.
  2. Attach pictures using a glue stick and smooth down.
  3. Next start adding stickers to make a little scene. Have FUN!

Basic magnet transformed into turkey dinner.
Basic magnet transformed into turkey dinner.

Christmas Collage Magnet

It's easy to make a theme magnet using just a few colors or even one. Magazines are full of colorful choices and ideas. I decided to go with red, white and green to make this holiday magnet. There is no right or wrong way to make a collage magnet. Be creative and enjoy the process of making something new.

*Making a Cheerful Christmas Magnet *

  1. Cut out at least ten or more pictures for a larger magnet.
  2. Use a glue stick to attach all you pictures and smooth down.
  3. Trim the edges of the magnet if necessary. Enjoy!

© 2011 Laura Ross

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    • Green Art profile imageAUTHOR

      Laura Ross 

      8 years ago

      Do you have a metal desk or any file cabinets?

    • SidKemp profile image

      Sid Kemp 

      8 years ago from Boca Raton, Florida (near Miami and Palm Beach)

      Thanks - I have to figure out where I can use magnets I make - our stainless steel fridge is non-magnetic!

    • Green Art profile imageAUTHOR

      Laura Ross 

      9 years ago

      Thanks for your vote up Nell. I love making new things out of objects I have around the house. I've always liked magnets and thought why not make my own.

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      Nell Rose 

      9 years ago from England

      Such a simple yet affective idea! who would have thought of jewelry being changed into a magnet for the fridge or wall, and the lovely pictures too! loved it! voted up! cheers nell

    • Green Art profile imageAUTHOR

      Laura Ross 

      9 years ago

      Thanks Dolores...yes simple projects are great! I have a lot of fun making new magnets for holidays and the changes of the seasons.

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      Dolores Monet 

      9 years ago from East Coast, United States

      The jewelry magnet is so pretty! What a great idea! And there is nothing like a simple project.

    • Green Art profile imageAUTHOR

      Laura Ross 

      9 years ago

      So glad you liked these ideas. I love finding new purposes for things and living with them in a whole new way. I bet your son will love the magnet idea. How fun!

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      Sarah Johnson 

      9 years ago from Charleston, South Carolina

      Great idea for the costume jewelry. After his great-grandmother passed away, my son, 9, asked for this pretty jewel-studded penguin pin. We gave it to him, but really, what was he going to do with it? Now I know - a cool magnet!

      Thanks for sharing.

    • Green Art profile imageAUTHOR

      Laura Ross 

      9 years ago

      Glad to help SanneL. Have a great time making something new with you old jewelry.

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      SanneL 

      9 years ago from Sweden

      Thank you for giving me an excellent idea what I'm going to do with my old pins!

    • Green Art profile imageAUTHOR

      Laura Ross 

      9 years ago

      I was a Brownie Troop leader when my daughter was small and our troop motto was "Keep it Simple and Have FUN!!" and we did. I prefer simple to overly complicated.

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      Rose Clearfield 

      9 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      Awesome idea and so simple! Your Thanksgiving magnet is really cute.

    • Green Art profile imageAUTHOR

      Laura Ross 

      9 years ago

      I appreciate the encouragement TeriSilver. Thanks!

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      Teri Silver 

      9 years ago from The Buckeye State

      Excellent and useful ideas. Thumbs up!

    • Green Art profile imageAUTHOR

      Laura Ross 

      9 years ago

      Thanks, I bet you'll make some great magnets. I think they'd make a great gift for someone who loves jewelry too.

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      Cindy Murdoch 

      9 years ago from Texas

      This is a really neat idea. I have lots of old jewelry...hummmm

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