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How to Recycle Refrigerator Magnets

Transform those outdated fridge magnets into new ones. Inspired by an project:


  • Step 1: Collect old magnets Collect flexible magnets from friends, relatives, or local merchants who give them out as promotional items.
  • Step 2: Brainstorm new covers Gather materials for the new covers you’d like to use—images from magazines and comic books; family photos; kids’ drawings; stickers; or even cool wallpaper or fabric remnants.
  • TIP: If you have an old pair of jeans, you can cut out the back pocket to make a handy holder for notepaper or coupons.
  • Step 3: Trace the image Center the new image on the old magnet and trace around it, leaving enough overlap to fold and paste the ends like a gift box so there are no jagged edges.
  • Step 4: Trim the magnet Using scissors, a razor, or a utility knife, trim the magnet to the size of the new one or ones you’d like to create. Just be careful you don’t cut yourself, too!
  • Step 5: Attach new covers Attach the new covers with a glue stick, contact cement, or Mod Podge. If you’re using stickers, just slap them on.
  • Step 6: Make a picture frame You can make a photo frame magnet by cutting a window out of the center of a magnet large enough to frame the picture of your choice. Then cover the frame with fabric or wallpaper remnants, taking care to paste any loose ends over the back edges of the frame, where they’ll be hidden from view when on the fridge.
  • FACT: Louise Greenfarb of Las Vegas is the Guinness record holder for the biggest collection of refrigerator magnets, with 35,000.

You Will Need

  • Old
  • flexible refrigerator magnets
  • Photos
  • magazines
  • comic books
  • drawings
  • stickers
  • wallpaper
  • fabric
  • Scissors
  • a razor
  • or a utility knife
  • A glue stick
  • contact cement
  • or Mod Podge

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