DIY: Cute as a Button Magnets

A how-to that brightens up your fridge and makes a sweet gift!

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Looking for a quick, inexpensive, craft that makes a fabulous gift? These sweet, little magnets are a fantastic DIY last-minute present for a friend, or thank-you gift for your kid’s teachers. You may want to keep some for yourself to brighten up your fridge.

Self-adhesive plastic gems (optional)

Common sense tip: Buttons are beautiful little choking hazards. Magnets are especially dangerous when swallowed. Keep these supplies away from children who have a tendency to put objects in their mouth.

1. Select your button combinations. Experiment with different color combinations, in a variety of sizes, with your buttons.

Tip: It is possible to use buttons with shanks on the back, however, I have found that some snap off easily with pliers, while others do not.

2. Start stacking! Small, medium, and large is a great place to start. Feel free to stack even higher if it suits your artistic creation.

3. Once you have determined your design, apply a small amount of super glue to the back of the top button. It is best to avoid applying glue on the button-holes – a glue ring around the button-holes keeps glue from seeping through, and making a sticky mess. Because some buttons are curved, rather than flat, you may need to hold buttons together for a few seconds, insuring a solid bond.

4. Proceed by gluing your middle button to the bottom button.

5. Turn the stack upside down and super-glue a magnet to the center of the back. Easy peasy.

Tip: You can easily find ceramic disc magnets at your local craft supply store. You can also use Rare Earth Disc Magnets, which are generally smaller & extremely strong.

6. Does your stack call for some bling? Self-adhesive, colored, plastic gems make a fancy topper!

While you are at the craft store buying buttons and magnets, why not pick up a few tins? Placing a few of your lovely button magnets into a tin, is a fantastic presentation for your handmade gift.

Readers – what type of magnets currently adorn your refrigerator?

Rachel is a stay-at-home Mom that never seems to be home. She’s a military wife, mother to The Danger Boys and a self-proclaimed craftaholic that enjoys photography, knitting, baking and all things handmade.

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  1. Profile photo of Tyna Werner
    Tyna Werner

    Love this new DIY @Rachelshay! It’s super cute, easy to do, colorful and useful – what’s not to love?!

    I’ve always loved buttons for some reason – I remember my Mom had a big old tin of buttons (that had images of buttons all over it) and inside there was 100’s of them in all colors, shapes and sizes and I would love to dump them out and play with them.

    These days I love when people add some fab vintage buttons to a standard cardigan or jacket from like The Gap or Target – adds a bit of flair and uniqueness to a basic piece.
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    Stef Andrews

    I LOVE buttons! Obsessed with them, really. And I’m not the only one obviously – I find jars of them thrift store all the time. Never can resist them but then I’m always left thinking “how many buttons does one need?” as I stand in line to buy another jar of buttons!

    Now I know what I can do with them. This DIY is so adorable, and So simple it’s brilliant. How cute would these be as party favors? Thanks for sharing @rachelshay!
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