Fridge Fixation

Okay, admit it. Your refrigerator door looks like a pop art project gone bad. Pictures, postcards, receipts, lotto tickets (both last Wednesday’s loser and next Saturday’s winner), a grocery list, and a friendly reminder from your dentist that it’s time for a checkup. Too important to cast aside in the dark recesses of some drawer only to be forgotten, but not quite important enough for a cubbyhole of its own, junk accumulates for all to see.

If you can’t stick with Standard Operating Equipment Only on the old Amana side by side, how about making coordinating refrigerator magnets to create a sense of cohesiveness?


For Glitzy Girls

Visit your local craft store to find magnetic disks. Glue these little babies onto the backs of mirror "dots", which are available at the craft store, as well. I glued ½ inch magnetic disks to the backs of ¾ inch round mirrors for a little domestic bling. I found all my supplies for this simple project at Michaels. Visit www.michaels.com to locate the store nearest you.


Fridge Fixation

For Sentimental Girls

For more personal magnets, find pennies, nickels and dimes with significant dates and glue the magnets on the "tail" side. Also, foreign coins make an interesting addition to any refrigerator, and they’re cheap souvenirs. Use Aleene’s Tacky Glue, also available at Michaels, when gluing magnets to mirrors and coins.

Bonus hint: The bridal couple at a recent wedding handed out as party favors to their guests foreign coins they had turned into refrigerator magnets. With them the couple included a note saying that the coins represented their desire to see the world together. It was also a good way to wish all in attendance good fortune.

For Nature Girls

For an even cheaper alternative to mirrors and coins, hunt for smooth, flat river rocks the next time you visit the shore and glue magnets on one side. Nickel-sized stones work best, but skip the tacky glue and go for hot glue on this application.


For Funny Girls

However, if you’re a purist and prefer the eclectic look in fridge-wear, check out www.fridgedoor.co for an excellent—and eccentric—collection of refrigerator magnets. Especially appealing is Blue Q’s 20 piece Jackie Kennedy first lady dress up set for $19.99. For those of you with a twisted sense of humor, peruse Ephema Magnet’s collection of "visual wisecracks" for $3.95 each. I particularly like the "It’s been lovely but I have to scream now" magnet. If you’re a classicist, you may want to opt for the Van Gogh Museum Magnets and turn that pop art refrigerator monstrosity into a real masterpiece.



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denisemichelle on Nov 17, 2006:

I recently took a step back and really looked at my fridge and was horrified!  I love magnets, and had a million different ones, including ones that were on our fridge when I was a child.  I removed everything and boxed up all but my magnetic poetry and marble magnets, I also threw out expired coupons, filed away school artwork. The difference in the kitchen was dramatic- losing that clutter really made a difference!

Debra on Nov 13, 2006:

Great idea. I never thought of using stones.

I've seen those ultra strong magnets at Joanns too.

DIY Maven on Nov 12, 2006:

Hi! This is exciting! You are my first comment with a question! Yeah, I know exactly what you mean. For heavier duty applications, you can find bigger magnets as www.joannfabrics.com. I'd opt for the .187" by 3/4". And then, pick your decorative elements accordingly, chosing quarter-sized coins and such.

My best,

DIY Maven

amoore on Nov 11, 2006:

This is a fabulous idea. My problem with magnets is that they are rarely strong enough to hold the weight of a card. Is there a magnet that is especially good for holding heavier paper?

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