DIY: Animal Magnet – ism…

Today, I am sharing a tutorial on making your own fridge magnets.  Sure, you can tack things on the fridge with your local insurance agent’s magnetized business cards, but this is a way more colourful, and fun way to do it.  And, it’s easy.  I am giving full credit and a big thank you to Megan of the wonderful blog, Feathers and Freckles.  My DIY below, is a little different than hers; you can check out her version here:  Animal Magnets DIY.


Photo #1  Supplies required for this project are: 

  • One dollar store package of animals.
  • Knife and Mallet.  Mallet optional but recommended.
  • Paint – I used my Kroma acrylic artists paints, but I suggest you use regular ‘ol craft paint for this little project.  No need to get too spendy.
  • Small paint brush for painting animals.
  • Magnets – In the photo you can see the magnet strip that I bought from the dollar store.  It turned out to be pretty much ineffective.  It stuck to the fridge, but wouldn’t hold as much as a photograph.  See below for my upgraded choice.
  • Glue – I used Gorilla glue.
  • Photo #2 Unnecessary, but cute picture of my animals
  • Photo #3  Time to cut your animals in half – ouch!  This is not a task for  children, or clumsy adults.  If your animals are hard to slice, I suggest that  you carefully establish a cut in the toy, and then tap the knife with a mallet until you’ve completed the full cut.
  • Photo #4  Half-way there.  HA HA 
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Time to paint your animal halves. I mixed my own colours {just showing off my artistic skills, bwah-ha-ha-ha}, and painted my animals turquoise, pink, and gold.  You could paint them all one colour, or get really crazy and give them a polka dot paint job.  I used an office clip to hold them, and touched up the leg once the body was painted.  You could also put a push pin into the backside and use that as a handle.  Now it’s time to allow the paint to dry.


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Once the paint has dried, apply magnet with a dab of glue.  Here you can see my groovy magnets that fairly dance their way to the fridge.  These are neodymium, or rare earth magnets and I purchased them at a local electronics supply store.  It’s one of those man shops that the mister likes…all sorts of connectors, transistors, semiconductors…well, things I call doodads, line the narrow aisles.  Here is a link to  if you are interested, or you can check out your local hobby shop.  Once the glue has set, you can have fun displaying your photographs with the help of your own personal wild kingdom, or barnyard menagerie.
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I have a very happy and colourful fridge now.
Linking With:
Faith Hope and Charity for Ta Da Tuesday
Clairejustineoxox for Creative Mondays Blog Hop
A Cat-like Curiosity for Super Handmade Sunday
Jann at Have a Daily Cup of Mrs. Olson for  Share Your Cup Thursday,
Allison at House of Hepworths for Hookin Up With HoH Thursday Link Up


  • Reply Megan February 7, 2013 at 7:40 am

    They came out great! Love the colors you used. And I wish I had a mallet around when cutting my animals in half – that would have made my life easier 😀

  • Reply grunge-queen February 7, 2013 at 7:50 am

    Wow, so cool. And so pretty! I would not have the patience to do this project; probably would have mangled the poor animals. 🙂

  • Reply Sue @ A Colourful Canvas February 7, 2013 at 8:38 am

    Hi Megan, Thank you so much! Your blog is so much fun to read.

  • Reply Sue @ A Colourful Canvas February 7, 2013 at 8:40 am

    Hey Kelly. Somehow I can't see you mangling the animals, 😉 Thanks for stopping by.

  • Reply Elizabeth February 7, 2013 at 9:11 am

    Hi Sue!!!

    Love Love it!!! 🙂 🙂

  • Reply Shirl February 7, 2013 at 10:30 am

    happy, fun colours. Wonder what Sammy and Mia think?


  • Reply Bi Ti February 7, 2013 at 2:36 pm

    They are adorable 🙂 Thank you for visiting us at

  • Reply Sue @ A Colourful Canvas February 7, 2013 at 5:18 pm

    Hi Elizabeth!!! Aren't they the cutest things. I haven't been able to find dollar store animals in the shapes of cats and dogs yet. But, if I do…Thanks for commenting.

    Sue xo

  • Reply Sue @ A Colourful Canvas February 7, 2013 at 5:19 pm

    Hi Shirl! Well, they don't smell like food, or move on their own, so they are pretty uninterested. They didn't even knock them off the table which is a good thing.

  • Reply Sue @ A Colourful Canvas February 7, 2013 at 5:20 pm

    Thanks for popping by Bi Ti. Looks like we're both making cute things this week.

  • Reply Jessica @ Stay at Home-ista February 7, 2013 at 5:55 pm

    Crazy cute! I love the hot colors:) I dont have a magnetic fridge anymore, but pinning anyway!


  • Reply Cheryl February 8, 2013 at 4:41 am

    What fun!

  • Reply Alison @ Get Your Pretty On February 8, 2013 at 10:25 am

    Oh my gosh, Sue. I MUST make these with my daughters. So adorable and fun.

  • Reply Natalie G February 8, 2013 at 5:12 pm

    I actually love these! So creative and trendy, totally want to make these.

  • Reply Jann Olson February 8, 2013 at 6:09 pm

    Oh my gosh, these are so fun! My 14 year old grand daughter is here tonight. I showed them to her and she loved them. Thanks for sharing with Share Your Cup. Happy to be following you.

  • Reply Sue @ A Colourful Canvas February 8, 2013 at 9:08 pm

    Well, you have a gorgeous kitchen Jessica. Thanks so much for stopping by.

  • Reply Sue @ A Colourful Canvas February 8, 2013 at 9:08 pm

    Have fun Alison!

  • Reply Sue @ A Colourful Canvas February 8, 2013 at 9:09 pm

    Maybe a good snow day project!

  • Reply Sue @ A Colourful Canvas February 8, 2013 at 9:09 pm

    I'm impressed that your teenage daughter likes them. Yeah. Thanks for stopping by, and thanks ever so much for following.

    Sue xo

  • Reply Sarah Evans February 10, 2013 at 8:54 am

    These are totally brilliant and really cute. I wonder if I'd feel guilty chopping the animals in half – silly me 🙂

    Thanks for linking up!

    Sarah @ A Cat-Like Curiosity

  • Reply Val Sparkle February 10, 2013 at 9:35 am

    Hi, Sue, these are so cute! I love the way you painted them, but I like the idea of polka dots, too.

    I've been meaning to let you know that the invisible velcro I mentioned in my post are just clear velcro dots. Because they're clear you really don't see them. Also, funny you should mention red glasses – I'm looking for some new glasses, but hadn't thought of red. I don't know if I want a strong color, but maybe I should think about it!

  • Reply Sue @ A Colourful Canvas February 10, 2013 at 8:30 pm

    Ha Ha…I had the same feeling, but I got over it. 😉

  • Reply Sue @ A Colourful Canvas February 10, 2013 at 8:31 pm

    Thanks, I will look for those. I think you should try some red specs on and see how you feel.

  • Reply Silhouette de Femme February 10, 2013 at 11:50 pm

    I thought I was so over the fridge magnets until I saw yours! Wait till I show Alexandra…she will like them too! They are so modern & love the colours. Thanks for visiting our blog again & it's wonderful to know we are blog neighbors…. Wasn't it a beautiful day today!

  • Reply Claire Justine February 12, 2013 at 8:51 am

    Love these, they are so sweet. Great idea pinning now 🙂 Thanks for sharing with us at Creative Mondays,following back on GFC …

  • Reply Printingtextil Natasha February 14, 2013 at 1:25 pm

    This is so fantastic! I must follow you because you mention a colors! I live in colors

  • Reply Lakota [Faith Hope and Charity Shopping] February 14, 2013 at 2:06 pm

    Aha, these are wicked!

  • Reply Sue @ A Colourful Canvas February 14, 2013 at 9:29 pm

    Thanks for pinning and following back!

  • Reply Sue @ A Colourful Canvas February 14, 2013 at 9:29 pm

    Aw, thanks so much Natasha. I really appreciate you following along.

  • Reply kelsey bang February 17, 2013 at 12:24 pm

    this are adorable! love the metallic colors!

  • Reply Krista @thehappyhousie June 15, 2013 at 8:44 pm

    Okay these are so adorable!! Totally love them… my kids and my kindergarten students would LOVE them. Thanks for sharing this awesome idea!! Glad to meet you and thanks for your visit at thehappyhousie!!

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