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DIY Plate Magnets: Personalize Your Fridge with Easy Homemade Decor


Transform your fridge with DIY refrigerator magnets! Learn how to make your own magnets using dollar store plates and easy steps. Get creative now!

Are you tired of the bland look of your refrigerator? Want to jazz it up with some magnetic decorations for refrigerators that reflect your unique style?

Look no further! In this easy-to-follow guide, I’ll show you how to make your own magnets for the refrigerator using dollar store plates and a few simple materials. Let’s dive in!

Why DIY Refrigerator Magnets?

Magnets aren’t just for holding up grocery lists; they’re also a fantastic way to add flair and personality to your fridge. With homemade refrigerator magnets, you have the freedom to create custom designs that perfectly match your kitchen decor and showcase your creativity.

DIY refrigerator magnets made from dollar store plates.
Transform your fridge with DIY refrigerator magnets made from dollar store plates.

I originally created these for a white fridge in a rental home but I love this unique magnet craft idea to add interest to any kitchen! Next time, I plan on making miniature paintings fridge magnets.

If you are new here, howdy! I’m a retired military spouse who moved back to Texas after being gone for 19 years.

I perfected the art of rental decorating and overcoming challenges in small spaces for over fifteen years but now am tackling homeownership with a new set of challenges!

Our family of four lived in some of the most beautiful coastal towns in the US and Japan which have influenced my colorful and global style with DIYs and furnishings in our one-story 60’s ranch-style home in Fort Worth.

Supplies You’ll Need for Plate Fridge Magnets

  • Cheap plates (I found mine at the 100 yen store!)
  • Strong magnets
  • Felt
  • Hot glue
  • Scissors
Supplies for homemade fridge magnets: plates, magnets, felt, hot glue, scissors. Steps shown for making plate magnets in a photo collage.
Gather your supplies: plates, magnets, felt, hot glue, and scissors for homemade fridge magnets.

How to Make Your Own Refridgerator Magnet

  1. Trace and Cut Felt: Begin by tracing the shape of your magnets onto felt and cutting them to size. This step is essential for protecting your fridge from scratches caused by the magnets.
  2. Attach Felt to Magnets: Use hot glue to secure the felt pieces onto the magnetic side of your magnets. This simple addition not only protects your fridge but also ensures that your magnets stay in place.
  3. Glue Magnets to Plates: Apply hot glue to the non-magnetic side of your magnets and firmly press them onto the back of your plates. Make sure they are centered and securely attached for long-lasting results.
Unique round refrigerator magnet with spiral pattern.
Add a pop of color to your kitchen with custom refrigerator magnets in blue and pink hues.

Aren’t these plates fantastic?  I chose blue and pink hues for a cohesive look.

Custom refrigerator magnets in blue and pink hues.
Get creative with round refrigerator magnets featuring unique designs.

The spiral is my favorite.  I might need to grab a few more for dessert plates. 😉 

Fridge magnet securely attached with hot glue.
Ensure your fridge magnets stay in place with secure hot glue attachments.

The magnets were a little thicker than the lip on the back of the plates.  They were just the right size. Oh and while you’re sprucing up that refrigerator, try washi tape on the handles for an extra pop!

Fridge handle decorated with washi tape and fridge side decorated homemade magnets.
Give your fridge handle a pop of pattern with washi tape.

Creative Fridge Magnet Ideas to Spice Up Your Kitchen

The possibilities are endless when it comes to designing your magnets for the fridge. You can pretty much attach a magnet to anything! Find a collection of items; like small pieces of art, beach finds, or vintage brooches, or mix and match for an eclectically cool vibe.

Here are some more creative ideas to inspire your magnet collection:

  1. Photo Magnets: Turn your favorite memories into magnets by printing out small photos and attaching them to magnetic sheets. These personalized magnets add a sentimental touch to your fridge.
  2. Travel Souvenirs: Showcase your wanderlust with magnets from places you’ve visited. Whether it’s a miniature Eiffel Tower from Paris or a colorful tile from Spain, each magnet tells a story of your adventures.
  3. DIY Scrabble Tiles: Spell out fun messages or inspirational quotes using Scrabble tiles as magnets. Mix and match letters to create unique combinations that resonate with you.
  4. Mini Plant Magnets: Bring a touch of greenery into your kitchen with mini succulents or air plants attached to magnets. Not only do they look adorable, but they also add a fresh vibe to your fridge.
  5. Handmade Clay Magnets: Get crafty with polymer clay and create custom-shaped magnets in various colors and designs. From cute animals to abstract shapes, the possibilities are endless.
  6. Recipe Card Magnets: Keep your favorite recipes within easy reach by turning them into magnets. Simply laminate recipe cards or print them onto magnetic paper for a practical and stylish solution.
  7. Vintage Button Magnets: Raid your grandma’s button collection or visit thrift stores to find vintage buttons that can be repurposed as magnets. These charming additions add a nostalgic flair to your fridge.
  8. Magnetic Poetry: Invest in a magnetic poetry kit and let your inner wordsmith loose. Experiment with different word combinations to create whimsical poems and phrases on your fridge door.
  9. Wine Cork Magnets: Upcycle wine corks by attaching small magnets to the back. Not only is this a sustainable option, but it also adds a rustic touch to your kitchen decor.
  10. Themed Magnets: Coordinate your magnets with the seasons or upcoming holidays. Whether it’s snowflakes for winter, flowers for spring, or pumpkins for fall, themed magnets add festive cheer to your kitchen.

With these creative fridge magnet ideas, you can transform your kitchen into a colorful and eclectic space that reflects your unique style and interests. Let your imagination run wild and have fun experimenting with different designs and materials!

Decorative magnets on side of fridge and next to built in China cabinet in a rental kitchen.
Beautiful handmade plate magnets make the perfect fridge decor.

In conclusion, with just a few easy steps and inexpensive materials, you can decorate your refrigerator with beautiful plate magnets and add a touch of charm. So, roll up your sleeves, gather your supplies, and get ready to unleash your creativity with these DIY fridge magnets!

Kitchen cabinet makeover with contact paper and personalized fridge magnets.
A rental kitchen full of renter-friendly decorating ideas including DIY refrigerator magnets.

Until next time, happy crafting!


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