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How to Make Photo Magnets & Magnetic Signs

I recycle old calendar refrigerator magnets

to make photo magnets and magnetic signs. I will show you how you can Make Your Own Photo Magnets and Magnetic Signs.

Go straight to the Refrigerator Photo Magnets Project.

The technique I use to make these
fridge photo magnets and magnetic signs is to use double sided tape (or carpet tape) to attach a photo or computer printed message to a recycled fridge magnet. This technique is discussed in length on our How to Make Stickers page.

Although the emphasis of Make Your Own Photo Magnets and Magnetic Signs is making computer generated magnetic signs, the methods and techniques are the same for homemade magnetic signs and handcrafted magnetic signs.

Often when dealing with a service oriented business, they will advertise their services using a calendar fridge magnet or a business card fridge magnet. Some calendar fridge magnets are as large as a full sheet or paper and can be cut to any size and shape.

Although these magnet reminders will stick to any ferrous surface (fridge, stove, steel door, steel car surfaces, etc) I will refer to them as refrigerator magnets in this article because that is how most of us think of them.

Hints and helpful techniques can be found on our Sticker Making Tips page.

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Magnetic Reminders

I use magnetic signs that I make as magnetic reminder signs. Some say HOT!  I put it on the range when it is Hot. When not in use it stays on the side of the fridge.  One says I am in the Back! I but that on my steel front door went I am working in the garden so visitors know I am home. I could go on but you get the idea.

To make these custom magnetic signs or reminders I use recycled refrigerator magnets. You know the calendar refrigerator magnets you get from your neighborhood small businesses or the business card refrigerator magnet you get in the mail. All these work equally well, they are just different sizes.

I use my computer to print the message on any custom paper stock I choose. I like to select brilliant colors for my refrigerator magnetic signs and magnetic reminders. You know it is hard to miss a hot pink HOT! refrigerator magnet reminder even if it is the size of a business card refrigerator magnet. You can use the techniques here to decorate your refrigerator magnet any way you like, including attaching photos, keepsakes and do-dads. Homemade magnetic reminders and handcrafted magnetic reminders do not have to say anything as long as you know what it means.

Let’s get started on your Refrigerator Photo Magnets.

Tools you will need:

  1. Scissors
  2. Razor knife\

Materials you will need:

  1. Photo - Select a photo you want to display on your Refrigerator.
  2. Calendar refrigerator magnet - see below for selection ideas.
  3. Double sided tape - also known as carpet tape.  *NOTE: Carpet tape is designed to be permanent and may mar anything it comes into contact with it. Avoid the “cloth type” tape it does not look as nice and is harder to work with.
  4. Mineral spirits to clean glue from tools. - I use odorless.   *NOTE: Some glue from the carpet tape will be transferred to your tools. Periodic cleaning will give your custom sticker a nice clean cut edge.
  5. Framing Material - If you would like to frame your Refrigerator Photo Magnets select a light weight material like balsa, foam or styrene.

Selecting a Magnet for your Photo Magnets

  1. Your calendar refrigerator magnets should be the same size as your photo or larger if you intent to frame it. If you select calendar refrigerator magnets smaller than your photo, the borders will fray over time.
  2. Not all calendar refrigerator magnets are of equal strength. Most calendar refrigerator magnets will be strong enough to hold a photo only. If you are going to add additional items to your fridge photo magnets you will need stronger calendar fridge magnets. To test the strength of your calendar fridge magnets, place the materials to be used in a baggy and tape it to your calendar fridge magnet and test it on your fridge.

Make Your Own Photo Magnets in 6 easy steps

  1. Select your Photo or other artwork.
  2. Dry fit your refrigerator photo magnets. Make sure your calendar refrigerator magnet is the correct size. Save the final trimming of the edges until all photos are attached to your finished refrigerator photo magnets. 
  3. If a frame is to be used, construct it now. If you are mounting the frame on the calendar refrigerator magnet, the photo should be trimmed smaller then the calendar refrigerator magnet and the frame placed on the calendar refrigerator magnet.  If you are mounting the photo magnet inside the frame be sure the calendar refrigerator magnet will protrude from the back of the frame to make contact with the refrigerator.
  4. Place the carpet tape on the front of the calendar refrigerator magnet. Be sure to extend the tape to the edges. If you are mounting the frame to the calendar refrigerator magnet, the photo should be smaller then the calendar refrigerator magnet to expose the carpet tape for frame attachment.
  5. Position the photo on the calendar refrigerator magnet as you did with your dry fit.
  6. Cut your refrigerator photo magnets to shape.  Use any sharp good quality scissors to trim the edges of your refrigerator photo magnets.  If these are handcrafted photo magnets you may want to cut them to a unique shape. A butterfly fridge magnet for example.

You’re done!  

Place your new refrigerator photo magnets and any ferrous surface and enjoy.

Although the emphasis of HOW TO MAKE CUSTOM STICKERS AND LABELS is making computer generated professional stickers, the methods and techniques are the same for homemade stickers and handcrafted stickers.

I have made thousands of custom stickers, and I feel these Do It Yourself instructions will help you get a good start on your own DIY custom stickers. A homemade professional sticker is easier than you think. Be sure to visit all pages, to get all the tips, to make your custom computer stickers project a fun experience.

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