Monday, May 28, 2012

Refrigerator Magnets: Fabric and Glass

I really don't like having clutter on the refrigerator,

but somethings are just too cute not to display.

 Still It drives me nuts to have clusters of random old magnets that fall off the fridge when you close the door. (You know the kind I'm talking about, the flimsy business card ones that won't hold up even one small piece of paper. ugh!)

To fix this I thought it would be fun to make cute magnets that are nice and strong.

And coordinate with my kitchen!! :)

I thought two kinds of coordinating magnets would do for now. So I'll show you how to make glass and cloth magnets.

- Strong magnets
-Craft glass discs 
- Some fun fabric
- glue, I use Goop
- Mod Podge, and sponge brush
- Button cover kit from Dritz
- Scissors

First cut out your fabric. For the button covers use the circle pattern they provide (but go a little bigger) and for the glass cut it to be just inside the glass circle.

For the glass magnets, start by Mod Podging the flat-er side and putting the fabric on it wrong side out. Then put another layer of Mod Podge on.

To make the fabric covered buttons just follow the instructions on the back of the box, or use this step by step picture guide.

To make the fabric buttons into magnets you will have to remove the metal tab, I used pliers and just yanked it out. Be careful not to undo the button though.

Next glue on the magnets. (For the glass one wait until the Mod Podge is completely dry before you do any gluing). I use Goop because most glues will become hot from the magnetic reaction, melt and come apart, but Goop wont.

There.... now we add our little ones treasured works of art. And with strong magnets they wont fall off when you close the refrigerator door! So cute too!!

1 comment:

  1. I made these today as favors for a party I'm throwing for my best gal pals. They were so much fount to make and turned out super cute. And it's a great way to use up all those gorgeous little scraps of fabric. Thank you for this awesome idea!