JULY 22ND, 2008 11:34PM PST 

Today we're turning thrift store jewelery into magnets. These are perfect for magnetic chalkboards, cubicles, refrigerators-anywhere you'd like a little glamor and sparkle!

All you'll need is a glue gun, pliers, magnets and an assortment of old jewelery.

For this project I'm partial to old clip-on earrings. They look great and the clip backs pop off easily with just a tug of the pliers. Plus they're easy and cheap to find at thrift stores! Whatever you decide to use, make sure there is a flat space on the back where your magnet can rest. As far as magnets go, you can use whatever you'd like, but I love these half inch ProMAGs. They're the perfect size, very strong, and they're around five dollars at my local craft store.

Once you have the back removed from your clip on, or have chosen a piece with a flat back, simply add a dab of hot glue and place your magnet on! It couldn't be any easier.

Finished magnets on the fridge.

Additional Ideas:

*Vintage buttons, especially those with a little bling, make great magnets as well.

*Assortments of similarly colored magnets boxed and ribboned make great gifts!

*The wedding section at your local craft store is full of great items that can be made into magnets. Try using feather butterflies, birds or clay flowers.

19 Responses to “Vintage Jewelery Magnets”

  1. Song Says:

    ooh – I was planning on getting a new pinboard for uni and covering it with fabric (like I’ve got planned for a jewelry display board), but I don’t like putting pin holes in photos and pictures – magnets would be perfect!! I am so hitting the thrift shops as soon as I get a weekend off work.

  2. Jen R Says:

    Very pretty, I love this idea! Jen R

  3. please sir Says:

    Love this idea – I want a whole fridge full now!

  4. candi-teal chic Says:

    these look awesome. makes me want to raid my grandma’s jewelry box!

  5. Columbia Lily Says:

    These are ADORABLE! I love them!!!

  6. admin Says:

    Yay! I’m glad everyone enjoyed the project!

  7. Sara Christine Says:

    What a great idea! I have loads of costume jewelry from my great grandmother that I used to play dress-up when I was a kid, but now it just sits in my closet. I would love to put it on display!

  8. adult friend Says:

    adult friend…

    Cool topic…I thought about your points and must say I agree with a lot of what you mentioned. I’m going to share your blog with my loyal readers. …

  9. Kristena Says:

    Thanks for this! It inspired me to decorate my magnets. I used what I had and made up a little tutorial. Please come check it out! :)

  10. floor jack Says:

    I must say, I could not agree with you in 100%, but it’s just my IMHO, which indeed could be wrong.
    p.s. You have an awesome template for your blog. Where have you got it from?

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  16. Misae Says:

    I like this idea – my fridge can be beautified too!

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