How to Make Christmas Refrigerator Magnets

Refrigerator magnets are used to hold up important notes, but they can also give your kitchen a stylish touch. A matching set of magnets can add charm and double as Christmas decorations. Holiday magnets are especially popular because they can be used from November to January, depending upon your choice of images. If you like to decorate for the holidays, then take a trip to the craft store to buy a few supplies and personalize your own magnets in a few hours. Homemade Christmas magnets are a versatile craft. You can make them to decorate your own refrigerator or to give in tins as gifts. This article will teach you how to make Christmas refrigerator magnets.


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    Choose some holiday images from the Internet. Although your images will end up very small, you can resize them later, before you print them. You can also find small stickers or images from magazines.
  2. 2
    Resize your images so that they are approximately 3/4 inch (19 mm) in diameter. You can do this on a photo editing program.
  3. 3
    Print out your images on regular printer paper.
  4. 4
    Buy clear glass cabochons. Choose a 3/4 inch (19 mm) size. They should have a domed top, a flat bottom and be slightly magnifying to the image underneath.
    • Cabochons are sometimes referred to as marbles or glass beads. You can find clear glass cabochons at craft stores and in bulk online. If you want to make a large number of magnets as presents, then you may want to buy a quantity of 50 to 100 cabochons.
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    Buy button magnets that are no larger than 1/2 inch (12.7 mm) in diameter. You may also want to find a 5/8 inch (16 mm) diameter paper punch at the craft store. This will make your image circles more exact and save you time.
    • If you want strong refrigerator magnets that will hold up items on your refrigerator, buy neodymium magnets online.
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    Size up your printed, magazine and sticker images with your cabochons to ensure that they are the correct size.
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    Glue the images onto the edges of a piece of cardstock with craft glue. This will ensure that your image bonds well with both the magnet and the glass cabochon. Allow the paper to dry.
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    Punch out the small image with your 5/8 inch (16 mm) paper punch. Make sure to align the punch perfectly before pressing it down, so that you don't cut off part of the image. You may want to practice with the paper punch a few times before starting to punch out your images.
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    Place a large piece of newspaper over your work station. Working with silicone glue can damage a table's surface. Place a damp paper towel nearby to remove excess glue from your finger tips.
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    Place your images on the newspaper. You can make more than 1 magnet at a time by aligning them side by side on your work table.
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    Press the flat bottom of your cabochon onto the front of each image. Press hard enough so that you cannot see any air bubbles in the glue. Repeat with each of your magnets.
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    Pick up each magnet with 2 fingers and remove any excess glue on the sides with a toothpick.
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    Rest each cabochon to dry on its domed side after you clean it up. Allow it to dry for 1 hour or according to the glue's package directions.
  14. 14
    Place a dab of silicone adhesive on the back of a button magnet. Stick it to the back of the image on the glass cabochon.
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    Clean up any excess glue with a toothpick.
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    Place it on its domed side to dry again. Repeat with remaining magnets. Allow the glue to dry overnight before using.


  • Check all of your cabochons before using them. Remove any misshapen or scratched marbles, so that they don't distort your magnet images.

Things You'll Need

  • Glass marbles/cabochons
  • Silicone adhesive/sealant
  • Toothpicks
  • Button magnets
  • Printer
  • cardstock
  • Paper
  • Christmas images
  • Paper punch
  • Craft glue
  • Paper towel
  • Newspaper

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Categories: Christmas Decorations | Making Magnets