Tackle some of your biggest home organization challenges with the help of small-but-mighty neodymium magnets and flexible adhesive magnetic sheets/strips from us. In most homes, the only magnets are the ones studding the refrigerator door. And while many of us would be lost without the conveniently located everyday reminders posted there, magnets are actually quite versatile and can be used in so many different ways, not only in the kitchen, but also elsewhere in the home. Scroll down to see seven ingenious DIY uses of magnets.
1.Magnetic Cork Planters
This is a fun idea to make use of all the wine corks you’ve collected! Create your own thumb-size planters in a few easy steps.
First, take all the corks you have gathered from wine and champagne. You’ll also need a glue gun, small neodymium magnets (8 x 1.5mm more or less), a steak knife, and plants. The mini vases shown contain succulents which are low on water and hard to kill.
Using the steak knife, core out the centres of the corks. Start by putting the tip in the centre of the cork and turning the knife in a circular motion. Make sure you don’t go all the way through; stop about ¾ of the way down.
Use the glue gun to place magnets on the corks. Keep in mind that once plants are inserted, the cork will be much heavier, so depending on the strength of your magnet, you made need to affix more than one to handle the added weight.
Add soil. Use a 1/4 teaspoon to scoop it into the cork.
Lastly plant your plants and pack down the dirt. Drizzle the plants with water.
Add a touch of greenery wherever you want by sticking them to a metal surface. And there you go!
2. Hang it up – Magnetic Hooks
Why screw it if you can just magnetise it!
How to quickly and cheaply create a magnetic hook, which can hold weights till ½ a kilo.
- A neodymium magnet (to fit inside bottle cap)
- A bottle cap, the kind that is made of metal and can stick to the magnet.
- A wood hook, the one with threads.
- Sand paper/filer
- Gas welder/glue gun/solder
How to make:
Cut the threads of the hook with pliers , flatten the end which is cut with a filer or sand paper.
Use the knife to remove the rubber linings from within the cap.
Gas weld this hook to the bottle cap. If you don’t have gas welding equipment you can use a glue gun to keep it together. Soldering the hook is another option. Use flux for a cleaner joint, and sand off the cap to get a real nice shiny metal. Solder will not adhere with metal that’s painted or corroded.
Place the magnet inside the cap and spray paint it to your desired colour. Place it on any metal surface and then you are hooked!
3. Spice things up
As the home cook stocks up on spices, the collection can very quickly expand to the point where it takes five minutes to find the cinnamon. If that sounds familiar, try this; move spices into shallow, compact containers with flexible adhesive magnetic strip backings, that let them live on the front of the fridge or inside of your kitchen cupboard using a magnetic board or magnetic paint to attach it.
4. Bookmark this
Here’s a way to never lose your spot in a good read. Simply stitch small, ferrite disk magnets(10 x 5mm) between two strips of leftover fabric. Even if the book jostles around in your bag for hours, this customized, eye-catching, and magnetized bookmark isn’t very likely to budge.
5. Get it together
Is your desk littered with things like thumbtacks and paperclips? Magnets are perfect for corralling these metallic odds and ends. By using small neodymium magnetic disks (30 x 3mm depending on the size) hot-gluethe magnets inside or underneath leftover containers to complement your office decor.
6. Stay organised
Simplify meal planning with this fit-for-the-fridge project. Here, handy labels made from flexible magnetic colour strips (vinyl) represent the family’s favourite foods, while the days of the week and important reminders can be handwritten on the magnetic board with chalk in your favourite colours.
7. Easily fix a drafty door
To make sure your sliding door always closes completely, affix aflexible magnetic strip (adhesive) to the door, and another to the frame. As easy as that!