YOU Series Magnets – How to Make Custom Magnets

Let friends and family know you’re thinking of them by learning to make custom magnets with this YOU series magnets free printable and tutorial. The beautiful designs feature floral bouquets and three styles. Make one or all.

A small gift like this speaks volumes and these inspiring messages are perfect for women and girls of all ages. Remind people of your friendship, your gratitude, or the happiness they’ve brought to your life, just by being in it.

Horizontal image of three magnets with floral wreaths and inspirational messages on a gray background with a miniature bouquet of flowers and text which reads free printable for you text and wreath.
Learn how to make these You series magnets and any custom magnet you can dream up.

How to Make Custom Magnets

I promise I didn’t take a job writing for Hallmark, but here at Ruffles and Rain Boots, I have been thinking of a few new ways to dote on those you care for. They are gifts perfect for birthdays, “thinking of you” moments, or even to show your appreciation for a teacher, a child care provider, a co-worker. These would also be perfect to gift to a recent graduate moving out on their own.

This one I’ve come up with is about $3.00 to put together, took 5 minutes, and can be presented in so many ways. I’m even offering you two free printables along with a tutorial to get your creative juices flowing. 

Square image showing a pyramid card constructed from dark green card stock to hold three DIY custom magnets, a paper flower, and an inspiring message with a twine bow.
This pyramid card is so easy to make – just fold the card stock around each magnet with a small border and secure with a glue dot before decorating.

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Why Make DIY Magnets?

I get it… It’s not a very digital craft for our times, is it? But do you remember being a kid and falling into a memory of a trip just by getting a cold drink from the fridge? I sure do.

Once can be instantly returned to recall the sandy beaches of a family vacation or spur a laugh followed by the sharing of a funny story or inside joke. My goodness, fridge magnets can even let you in on (and become part of) a family tradition.

Two DIY handmade card ideas to gift custom magnets with text which reads ruffles and rain boots.

Custom magnets are a fun, simple, and inexpensive gift. In this tutorial, I’ll share how simple they are to put together without any fancy machines. Throughout this piece, I’ll also share a few ways we have gifted them (these are just quick shots of completed projects).

DIY magnet bouquet with chalkboard gift tag in a glass vase with paper flowers and text which reads thank you and have a wonderful summer!
Magnet bouquet to gift custom designs to friends, family, or anyone.

Who Could Use Their Own DIY Custom Made Magnets?

A few ways you could create and gift magnets are for friends, office mates, teachers, child care providers, your children, and their friends. Honestly, this is such a fun DIY project, the teens and tweens kept making them after I shared how.

And if teens and tweens want to continue making crafts, I’m all for letting them at it.

Square image showing a folded up envelope collage card with chalkboard gift tag containing three custom magnets made with the free You series printable from ruffles and rain boots.
Isn’t this trifold card so cute? The magnets can be any size or shape – just fold the card stock to fit.

Supplies for DIY Magnets

The items you need for this project are really simple and can be found at any office store (or craft store). Honestly, check your stash because you might have everything you need except the magnets.

You do NOT have to use photo paper as I have, however, if you use regular card stock, be sure to give it a coat or two of ModPodge in order to seal in the ink. I actually love the photo paper because it adds a lot of depth to a flat magnet.

How to Make Custom Magnets in 5 Minutes

Step 1: Print out the design on photo paper. Set aside to dry fully.

Step 2: Cut out the design with a straight paper cutter or scissors. If using scissors, it might help to identify where you’re cutting with a light pencil line or even an indentation.

Use a paper trimmer to cut a clean design for a custom magnet.
Try to keep cuts as straight as you can.

Step 3: Lift up a bit of the magnet’s adhesive protector sheet (on the front of the magnet) about 1/3 of the way. Line up the design print and press it down, making sure there are no bubbles or creases until the entire magnet is covered. If you have a little hang off, don’t worry – we’ll get to that next.

Step 4: Flip the magnet over and use sharp scissors to trim away any excess paper. You’re done!

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As I mentioned, the kids (young and ahem, much older) had fun making these. We “guerilla gifted” quite a few of them in the neighborhood in a hilarious ding dong dash style. I really appreciate you being here with me today.

Yield: 3

DIY Custom Magnets

Tutorial-DIY-Printable-Custom-Magnets

We are sharing how to make your own magnets in less than 5 minutes. This free printable is optional - use anything from photos to designs.

Active Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Difficulty Easy
Estimated Cost $3

Materials

  • Business card sized adhesive-backed magnets or magnet sheets
  • any design (see post for You Series Printable)

Tools

  • Scissors and/or cutting tool
  • Printer (ink jet)

Instructions

  1. Print out the design on photo paper. Set aside to dry fully. 
  2. Cut out the design with a straight paper cutter or scissors. If using scissors, it might help to identify where you're cutting with a light pencil line or even an indentation.
  3. Lift up a bit of the magnet's adhesive protector sheet (on the front of the magnet) about 1/3 of the way. Line up the design print and press it down, making sure there are no bubbles or creases until the entire magnet is covered. If you have a little hang off, don't worry - we'll get to that next. 
  4. Flip the magnet over and use sharp scissors to trim away any excess paper. You're done!

Notes

Use photo paper or card stock.

If using card stock, add a layer of ModPodge or other sealant to protect the printed magnet.

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