17 gennaio 2013

How to Make Decoupage Magnets

Make Decoupage Magnets

Refrigerator magnets help to keep important information close at hand. They can hold almost anything that you want to be reminded of, such as a child's artwork, a postcard, cooking measurements or a dry-cleaning ticket. Instead of using store-bought magnets, you can make your own to match your kitchen decor. Use photos, magazine images or printed patterns to decoupage homemade magnets. Decoupage is an art of decorating by affixing images to create a collage or inlay effect. You can get most of the materials you need for this project online or in a craft store. Learn how to make decoupage magnets.


  1. Choose images or a theme for your magnets. For example, you may choose small pictures of friends and family, flowers or words cut out of a magazine, printed patterns, stickers or another fairly small image. Choose 6 to 12 images to put on your magnets.

  2. Visit the craft store to buy supplies, such as a square sheet of magnet material with adhesive backing, small button magnets, a paint brush, decoupage glue, clear stones and a glue gun. Buy stones if you want to place them over your image for an inlay effect.

  3. Choose the shapes you want your magnets to be. Cut out your images and your magnet shapes with a very sharp pair of scissors.
    • If you are using a magnet sheet, you can cut magnets out to match almost any size and shape. It is best to try to use geometric shapes, because they are much easier to cut out of magnet material.
    • If you are using small button magnets and clear stones together, then you want to cut a pattern by tracing a button magnet onto a piece of paper. Cut out the pattern, place it over your images, trace the circle upon them and cut them out.

  4. Use your decoupage glue to affix the image to the magnet. If you are using an adhesive magnet sheet, simply pull back the film and carefully stick your image on the magnet. If you are using the clear stones, then affix the front of the image to the back of the stone with decoupage glue.
    • Allow the glue to dry according to package directions before continuing. Use a glue gun to affix the button magnets to the back of the stones. Your magnet will be heavier if you are using stones, so you will want this extra strength glue.

  5. Paint a layer of decoupage glue onto the top of the magnet. This will protect the image and make it slightly shiny. To make it even shinier, you can follow up with a decoupage varnish spray or pain, after the glue dries.

  6. Trim the edges of the magnets if they do not match up properly. Place your magnets on your refrigerator or another metallic area.


  • For stronger refrigerator magnets, look for neodymium magnets. This type can hold a lot more weight than normal adhesive magnet sheets. You may need to buy a neodymium magnet sheet online.
  • If you want to use flimsy material, such as decorative napkins or tissue paper for your magnet image, then buy chip board to reinforce the material. Use decoupage glue to affix the tissue onto the chip board and then glue it or adhere it to the magnet itself.
  • Create decorative clothespin magnets. Find pretty paper or napkin material that you want to use as a cover for wooden magnets. Make a pattern out of the length of the clothespin, then use it to cut both the paper and the magnet sheet. Paint a layer of decoupage glue on the front of the clothespin. Place the paper on top. Allow it to dry and then paint another layer of glue on top. Affix the thin piece of magnet onto the back of the clothespin. Your new magnet can also clip things onto your refrigerator.

Things You'll Need

  • Old magazines
  • Photos
  • Scissors
  • Button magnets or magnet sheet
  • Glue gun
  • Decoupage glue (PVA glue)
  • Paint brush
  • Decoupage varnish
  • Decorative paper or napkin material
  • Clothespins (optional)
  • Clear marble stones (optional)
  • Printer (optional)

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