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Tiny apple magnets inside of a small altoid can

DIY Tiny Apple Magnets for the Refrigerator Art Gallery

By Brenda Ponnay

It’s that time of year when the kids go back to school and the artwork comes back with them. If you’re like me you probably have an on-going gallery exhibit on the refrigerator door featuring all their latest masterpieces. I thought it would be fun to make some little magnets to commemorate this special time of year. Some back-to-school magnets! What’s more back-to-school than a bunch of little apples?

supplies need to make apple magnets craft (acrylic paint, brushes, glue, magnets, wooden knobs, scissors, hot glue gun)

Supplies you need to make Tiny Apple Magnets:

I made two sizes of magnets for this project. One with wooden drawer-pull-sized knobs and the other with those tiny mushroom buttons that woodworkers use to cover their screw holes. Both can be found at your local hardware store. You’ll also need some red acrylic paint (the water-based children’s version is the safest), some glue (I used a glue gun but some industrial strength adhesive will do the trick too. It burns less but also smells more– and it should ONLY be used by a responsible adult), some felt or craft paper in green and brown, and of course magnets (craft responsibly and use only around older children and very be careful around young kids and pets, okay?).

Now for the fun part!

How to make Tiny Apple Magnets:

Truthfully, painting was the only part of this project that my young five-year-old daughter and her friend could do. The gluing was a bit fiddly and required an adult but the painting was lots of fun and messy like it always is.

small child painting wooden knobs with red paint

Paint, paint, paint.

a white plate with wooden knobs painted red

Don’t they look pretty?

a pair of scissors with green and brown felt pieces

Then I cut out tiny leaves and stems from the felt (sharpened fabric scissors worked great here).

hot glue gun adding glue to red painted wooden knob

With a dab of glue on the side I affixed the leaves and stem to the top of my apples. And yes, I burned myself plenty. So be careful. A toothpick is handy for positioning them just right as the glue quickly hardens.

affixing magnets to red painted wooden knobs

Then I added a magnet to the back and ta-da!

kids' art being displayed on refrigerator with apple magnets

Apple magnets!

The smaller apple magnets, with the mushroom buttons, were made the same way. They just required a little bit more patience and skill because they are so small. But they are SUPER cute so I think it’s worth the extra effort.

Make a container for your apple magnets from recycled Altoids Tins!

small altoid tins on a table with a can of red spray paint

All you will need for this is some spray paint and small Altoid tins!

spray painting altoid cans with red spray paint

I just spray painted them red and then put the apples inside, which worked perfectly because the magnets automatically stuck to the metal tin. (this should be done by an adult only. Please craft responsibly and spray paint outside or in a very well-ventilated area).

wooden apple magnets displayed in a small Altoid container

So cute, right? These would make a perfect gift for a new teacher I think.

red painted small Altoid can with twine and a gift card in a child's hands

Brownie points anyone?

More Back-to-School Crafts on Alpha Mom:

  1. First Day of School Breakfast Sign Printable
  2. Back-to-School Labels and Stickers for Organization
  3. Back-to-School Craft: Apple Print Backpack 
About the Author

Brenda Ponnay

Brenda Ponnay is an author and illustrator who loves to craft and make big messes when she’s not working on her books. Whether it’s painting, baking, drawing, making castles out of card...

Brenda Ponnay is an author and illustrator who loves to craft and make big messes when she’s not working on her books. Whether it’s painting, baking, drawing, making castles out of cardboard boxes or just doing the laundry with flair, Brenda Ponnay has learned that what really makes her happy is being creative every single day.

You can read about all her crazy adventures on her personal blog: Secret Agent Josephine.

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