Easy DIY Magnets for Gifts, Kids, Teens and More

Before you toss (read recycle) the books your kids have ‘loved to death’, consider salvaging the pages for keepsakes that will be enjoyed for years to come.Easy DIY Magnets.jpgThese magnets can be used as:

  • shower and thank you gifts: taking the time to make something to say thanks goes a long way
  • gifts for friends: say thanks by making some magnets out of their favorite things for them to enjoy
  • keepsakes of children’s favorite books: books get torn, coloured on, and spilled on rendering them unusable and undonatable. Salvage what you can and create fun magnets for them from their actual favorite childhood book
  • fun magnets for school lockers: celebrities, or pictures of your friends can be made in to magnets for kids, tweens and teens to decorate their lockers
  • help with counting, spelling, and reading: numbers, letters, and words can be cut out and made in to magnets to help younger kids visually spell, add and create sentences

You can turn your old books, magazines, or photos into small, personalized works of art to be kept as keepsakes or shared as gifts with these easy directions:

DIY Magnets Things You Need.jpgYou will need

  • Clear Luster Gems (they look like flattened clear marbles, pictured)
  • Magnets
  • Circle shape cutter (found in the scrapbook aisle)
  • Glue (I used Elmer’s Glue-All)
  • Old book, magazine


  1. Find an area of your book or magazine that you would like to cut out. You can see how it will look by placing the gem on top of the image.
  2. Line up your circle shape so you can see the image through the hole, this is the size that will be punched out.
  3. Apply a small amount of glue to the flat side of your gem. You may need to try a few times so you know how much to put on. There should be enough that it covers your little circular piece of paper, but not too much that you are wiping a lot off.
  4. Make sure your image is centered on the flat side of the gem, then turn it over and look at it from the front. It may look a little cloudy because of the glue, but once it dries, it becomes very clear.
  5. Once your paper is in the spot you want it to be, push the paper and gem firmly to remove any gaps between the paper and the gem so bubbles don’t show up on the finished item. Try not to move the picture back and forth too much after you have pushed it down.
  6. Let the paper set for a few minutes, then put a small drop of glue on the magnet and attach it to the back of the paper on the gem. Squeeze it tightly to set it in place, then set is somewhere undisturbed to dry. Place it either gem-side down, or magnet-side down. Placing it on it’s side may cause the magnet to slip a bit before it dries. Voila!

Easy DIY Magnets Step by Step.jpg

Create Easy DIY Magnets with Nail Polish.jpgYou can also create a fun design with your favorite left-over sparkly nail polish as pictured here. To get this effect, I put a little bit of glue on the flat side of the gem, then painted my nail polish (which, for this picture was Nicole by OPI called ‘Brilliant Idea’) on the glue. I painted a couple of coats until it was fairly sparkly, let dry for a couple of minutes, then I applied glue to my magnet and squeezed the gem and the magnet together with a firm pressure while still making sure that everything wasn’t squishing out the sides. The sparkles will look a little cloudy from the glue, but it will dry clear.

You can watch the full segment from CTV Morning this past Wednesday where I shared this idea for the magnets at this link:

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  • Cynthia Mar 1, 2014, 7:37 pm

    These are so cute! I love how easily you can personalize it. Thank you for linking to the In and Out of the Kitchen Link Party. Hope to see you next time.

  • Linda Feb 28, 2014, 2:13 pm

    This is a great idea. Thanks for linking to What’d You Do This Weekend.,


  • Barb @ A Life in Balance Feb 28, 2014, 11:37 am

    Such a cute idea! Your post is one of this week’s features at Fabulously Frugal Thursday!

  • Gentle Joy Feb 20, 2014, 4:05 pm

    What a good idea……..thank you for sharing this…..:) Gentle Joy

    • Sheri Landry Feb 20, 2014, 10:21 pm

      You are so welcome. Thank you for commenting.

  • Pam@over50feeling40 Feb 20, 2014, 9:20 am

    Such a cute idea…I never would have thought it could be this easy. Thanks for sharing on the Thursday Blog hop!

    • Sheri Landry Feb 20, 2014, 10:23 pm

      You are very welcome. These are so fun to make, and great keepsakes too.

  • Katherines Corner Feb 20, 2014, 8:10 am

    This is such a sweet craft. A great way to show off homework and report cards on the fridge too. Thank you for joining the fun ans sharing your sweet blog at the Thursday Favorite Things blog hop ♥

    • Sheri Landry Feb 20, 2014, 10:24 pm

      Thanks Katherine. I love that so many different designs can be used. Great idea on the report card.

  • Carrie This Home Feb 19, 2014, 5:06 pm

    I love this idea, Sheri! I love how easy it is to make the magnets. I’m in desperate need of magnets for my fridge and this would be perfect! Pinning!
    By the way, I’d love it if you’d link up this post (and any others) to the Frugal Crafty Home Blog Hop. Our readers love to see creative crafts like this!

    • Sheri Landry Feb 20, 2014, 10:28 pm

      Thanks Carrie. I missed your linky but will try for next time. Take care.

  • Heather Dec 11, 2013, 11:45 am

    That is an AWESOME idea! So much fun and so easy to personalize. I’m IN!

    • Sheri Landry Dec 11, 2013, 1:37 pm

      They are extremely easy. I made them while watching TV.

  • ana Aug 10, 2013, 8:56 pm

    these magnets are cute. i’ve made them before from magazine clippings, fancy papers, my own doodles… but i don’t think i could bring myself to cut into a book! :) i know you said old old books that are not donation-worthy… anyway, very cute and a lot of fun to make.

    • Sheri Landry Aug 11, 2013, 12:59 pm

      Thanks for the comment. I know how you feel about books. These are books that can’t be passed on though because they are missing pages or they smell, and look like a two year old spilled milk all over them. Better they live on as magnets then the whole thing gets recycled. I love books and I wish I could have some mementos of the ones I destroyed as a child.

  • Allison Apr 20, 2013, 6:48 pm

    LOVE this idea Sheri!

    • Sheri Apr 20, 2013, 11:37 pm

      Thanks Allison. It was one of those things I just came across when cleaning out a closet. After the craziness that comes with having, then raising our kids, I almost forgot how much fun these were to make.

  • Soozle Apr 20, 2013, 7:26 am

    Cool! I have been meaning to try this craft for ages – you have reinspired me :-D

    • Sheri Apr 20, 2013, 3:46 pm

      Thanks Soozle. Its so easy to do and you can do it while watching a favorite movie. Hello ‘me time’.

  • Christina @ The DIY Mommy Apr 19, 2013, 9:57 pm

    These are such a great idea! I love the idea of using nail polish for sparkly ones. Your tv segment was wonderful – you are so eloquent!

    • Sheri Apr 20, 2013, 3:45 pm

      Thanks Christina. I like the sparkly ones too. I have a few favorite sparkly nail polishes that have just become too thick to use anymore. Now I have a use for them :)