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How to Make DIY Fridge Magnets With Vintage Plates

Are you looking for a fun and creative way to add a touch of vintage charm to your kitchen? Look no further! With just a few simple steps, you can transform old, forgotten plates into stunning fridge magnets that will not only hold up your important notes and reminders but also become a stylish statement piece in your home. These magnets will not only hold up your grocery lists and family photos but also serve as conversation starters when guests visit your kitchen. This delightful DIY project allows you to repurpose forgotten plates and transform them into eye-catching magnets that will bring a vintage charm to your refrigerator.

Supplies You’ll Need to Make These DIY Magnets

Before we dive into this step by step tutorial, here are the materials you’ll need to gather for this DIY project.

Small Vintage Plates: You’ll want to use vintage plates that match the aesthetic of your kitchen. You can find small vintage plates or butter pat dishes in thrift stores, flea markets, online on websites like Etsy, or you can find them in your own kitchen cabinet.

Flat Ceramic Magnets With Double Sided Adhesive: Ensure you have enough flat disc magnets to attach to the back of each plate.

Larger plates will require the use of more than 1 magnet. You can find these at most craft stores or online.

Rubbing Alcohol: You’ll want to clean the backside of the vintage plate where you’ll be attaching the adhesive.

Sandpaper (optional): If your plates have uneven surfaces, sandpaper can help smooth out the area where you want to attach the adhesive.

Choosing the Right Vintage Plates to Make Into Fridge Magnets

When it comes to selecting the right vintage plates for your DIY fridge magnets, size does matters.

Smaller plates or butter pats are preferred for this project because they will adhere more securely to your fridge’s surface. These petite plates have less weight and surface area, making them less likely to slide down the fridge or detach from the magnetic surface.

Using smaller plates will also allow you to create a charming collage of magnets on your fridge, giving it a visually appealing look.

So, while you’re on the hunt for vintage plates, don’t underestimate the power of smaller plates or butter pats. They’re not only practical but also open up endless creative possibilities when decorating your refrigerator.

Choosing the Right Magnets for this Kitchen DIY

Choosing the right magnets for your DIY fridge magnets is important to ensure both functionality and aesthetics.

Opt for flat ceramic magnets or neodymium magnets, which are strong and capable of securely holding the plates to your fridge.

Make sure the magnets are smaller than the plates, allowing for a neat flush fit. This prevents the magnets from peeking out around the edges of the plates.

You’ll also want to consider the thickness of the magnets. They should be thin enough not to add unnecessary bulk to your magnets but still provide ample magnetic strength to hold the plates in place.

By selecting the right magnets, you’ll guarantee that your vintage plate fridge magnets are both functional and beautiful.

How to Make DIY Fridge Magnets With Vintage Plates

Prepare the Plates

Begin by cleaning your vintage plates thoroughly.

Use warm soapy water to remove any dust, grime, or residue from years of use. Let them dry completely before moving on to the next step.

Attach the Magnets

Right before attaching the magnets to the plates, rub a small amount of rubbing alcohol to the spot where you’ll be attaching the adhesive and let dry (this helps ensure the adhesive fully sticks to the plate).

Place one side of the double sided adhesive to one side of the magnet.

Stick the other side of the adhesive to the back of the plate. Press firmly to fully adhere the adhesive to the plate.

Note: Larger plates may require more than one magnet for secure adhesion to your fridge. Due to their increased weight and size, a single magnet might not provide enough strength to hold them in place. To address this, simply attach multiple magnets to the back of the larger plate. Position them evenly across the plate’s surface, ensuring they have good contact with the magnetic surface of your fridge. This approach will distribute the magnetic force evenly and prevent the plate from sliding or sagging.

Display Your DIY Magnets

Display your vintage magnets on the front or side of your refrigerator or any magnetic surface in your kitchen.

Have fun arranging them in a way that complements your kitchen’s style and color scheme!

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