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Fun and Easy Fridge Magnet Project

I don’t know about you, but I fight a constant battle over the contents of my fridge. Not the interior contents; I’ve pretty much given up that battle. I’m talking about the landslide of papers, photos, coupons, and reminders that litter the front of the fridge. Fridge Chaos

I keep looking at cute message board crafts online and thinking if I just had the right board I could revolutionize our “system” (my euphemism for our mess), but deep down I know that I will never be able to switch to a different way of keeping track of our lives. I’m a visual person, and if it’s not right in front of me, it doesn’t exist in my world. (Like the doctor’s appointment and school deadline that mysteriously slipped by me this week!) So if it’s something that needs to be dealt with, looked at, or remembered in any way, it gets plopped on the fridge. And now that I have two little creative people in my life, they make their own contributions to the chaos (in more ways than just the fridge, believe me!).

So, bearing my own weaknesses in mind, and also my semi-compulsive need to live in an organized space, I set out to improve the situation in a way that will still work for me. What I came up with is a fun and easy little magnet craft that anyone can do to spiff up their own fridge.

Tools for Magnetic Photo Corners

All you need is a packet of Photo Corners, found in the scrapbooking aisle of any craft store, and a few self-adhesive magnetic strips. (I found these at Walmart.) Here is the easy part:Make Any Photo Magnetic

  1. Separate one of the magnetic strips from the sheet.Self-Adhesive Magnet Strips
  2. Measure (I just eyeballed it) the photo corners against the strip, to see how big to cut your pieces.
  3. Cut the strip in triangles. One diagonal cut, followed by a straight cut, and so on.Triangles fit best on the back of photo corners
  4. Remove the adhesive backing and stick the magnet to the back of a photo corner.Be sure you put them on the back!
  5. Repeat till you have enough corners to put 2-4 on each picture/ paper/ coupon. (Smaller pieces only need two corners, but anything larger than a 4×6 photo probably needs four.

Pictures take on a pretty vintage feel with photo corners

Now the hard part: arranging all your stuff! I made mine into a loose collage so that I can move and add stuff whenever I need to. Indeed, in the two days since I started this project, I’ve already changed out four pieces. Life moves fast!

Everything in order on the fridge

See the love note from my 6-year-old?

My fridge is one of the first things I see when I come into the house, so now instead of accosting me with a huge messy to-do list, it welcomes me with a less chaotic, and prettier, collage of our life. It may be a small thing, but every little bit helps, when you’re trying to hang on to your sanity!Using Magnetic Photo Corners to Tame the Mess


The great thing about these magnetic photo corners is that they just slip on and off your photos, so they’re a great alternative to pushpins, if you have a metal surface to use them on. They’re so quick, easy, and inexpensive to make, and would make a cute little housewarming or hostess gift, if you put a bunch in a dressed up mason jar.

Happy organizing! I’d love to hear from you if this sparks an idea…

P-Ann :)

Sunday 11th of May 2014

I have your exact same frig!! That makes me smile! :) So I'm still a little confused - Are the little corner pieces just tiny magnets or are they stuck to the pictures & you are constantly making new ones as you throw old pictures/notes away?


Monday 12th of May 2014

Yay! Is yours as messy as mine? :) The corner pieces are paper photo corners glued to little magnets.Photo corners are how photos used to be attached to photo albums. They're little paper pieces that slip off and on the photos without actually attaching to them. So they're easy to change out whenever you need to, sort of like pulling a photo out of a frame. Once you have enough for all the photos you need at any one time, you never need to make more. You can usually find photo corners in the scrapbook aisle. Let me know if you can't find them and I'll figure out where you can order them.


Saturday 3rd of May 2014

I was working with photo corners this week while framing my photos for a showcase at a local coffee shop. Such a genius idea to add magnetic strips for the fridge!

I was wondering if you could come up with and idea for using old video tapes as a "frame" or creative way to display photos.


Tuesday 6th of May 2014

Christina, that's a great idea, let me put some thought into it. Are you talking about the tapes themselves, like VHS? And are you thinking they'd hang on a wall, or sit on a table?


Saturday 3rd of May 2014

Wow! How simple yet so effective! I'm going to get some photo corners and magnetic strips this week - definitely - and organise my messy, messy firdge


Tuesday 6th of May 2014

Thanks, and good luck! :)

Anna Khan

Saturday 3rd of May 2014

This is really a fantastic idea and the fridge look very organised , clean. Just a small thing can change to good. Good thing about photo corners that I came to know that you mentioned is they can be removed and then can be used on another photo again.


Tuesday 6th of May 2014

Thanks! Yes, I've already reshuffled most of what's on my fridge again!


Friday 2nd of May 2014

Great idea. My refrigerator looks like a disperse of confusion right now. You have reminded me to organize my fridge! =)


Tuesday 6th of May 2014

Oops, sorry! Didn't mean to create more work for people. :) But it feels so good when it's done.


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