Do you ever feel like your refrigerator looks too empty on the outside? DIY Fridge Magnets! It’s simple. I’ll teach you how to make fridge magnet. Magnet on the fridge is a classic decoration of the kitchen interior. Many people use it as a keepsake. DIY Fridge Magnets can be a great gift for a dear person, or it will decorate your kitchen.
What you need for DIY Fridge Magnets
- The most important component is magnetic paper. This material is sold in stores for creativity. Almost all magnetic paper is made of vinyl. It comes in different thicknesses. But I choose the thinnest one possible (1-2 mm), so it looks nice on the fridge.
- The second component is art supplies. For this fridge magnet, I use the technique of decoupage and craquelure decoration. Therefore, I need a krakelure acrylic varnish, white acrylic paint, metallic copper paste.
- Pre-printed image for decoupage. I decided to make a vintage style fridge magnet. The picture shows the emblem of the world’s first ornithological station Fringilla on the Curonian Spit.
- Painter’s tape to keep the base on the work surface. Scissors to cut out the finished fridge magnet.
Step 1 – DIY Fridge Magnets
Cut the magnetic base of the required size. I make small magnets. No bigger than the palm of an adult’s hand. I like when you can make a lot of small ornaments. The refrigerator looks very colorful and unusual.
Step 2 – How to make fridge magnet
We attach the magnet to the desktop. And cover it with white paint. Let it dry. Acrylic paint dries quickly. But since the base is vinyl and does not absorb moisture, you will have to wait about 30 minutes. Do not dry with a hair dryer under any circumstances! The paint may crack.
Step 3 – DIY Fridge Magnets
Cover with acrylic varnish. Wait until it dries. Acrylic varnish will create a base for decoupage. Like paint, acrylic varnish cannot be dried with a hair dryer. Set the work aside for half an hour and go about your business. Read more about the decoupage technique here.
Step 4 – How to make fridge magnet
This step is a very responsible moment on the way to creating DIY Fridge Magnets. You need to reapply acrylic varnish to the magnet and then to the printed pattern. And carefully place the design face down on the magnet. And well press down with your fingers. Drying takes a few hours. But it is better to postpone the work for at least 12 hours to allow the varnish to dry to the end.
Step 5 – DIY Fridge
Now you need to rinse the paper layer with water. Turn on the lukewarm water and with your fingers start wiping off the paper. Soon you will see how the pattern appears. Hurrah! You almost know how to make fridge magnet. You can just put the work in water and after an hour the paper will dissolve. But if you don’t want to wait, you have to work with your hands.
Step 6 – How to make fridge magnet
Attach the diy magnet to the work surface. And cover with the first coat of krakelure varnish. After drying, cover with krakelure varnish number two. How to make a craquelure can be found in this article.
Step 7 – DIY Fridge
After a few hours, you’ll see craquelure – cracks appear. They need to be rubbed out with metallic paste or art pastel. Cracks will appear in about a couple of hours. But don’t be in a hurry to mend the craquelure. The lacquer is very insidious and can take about a day to dry. As a result, you will have new patterns that will have to be decorated again.
Congratulations! You’ve learned how to make fridge magnet. All that’s left is to use scissors to cut out the design and you can admire your DIY fridge magnets or give it to a loved one.