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Sarah Walor photo
How many magnets do you have on your refrigerator? Are you a minimalist, with just a few? Or are there so many you can't remember what color the fridge is underneath? Until recently, my household fell firmly into the second category, but when we upgraded to a shiny new fridge, I decided we needed to glam up the accessories, too.
Supplies you'll need
• Costume jewelry (new or vintage)
• Contact cement adhesive (or Gorilla Glue)
• Needle-nose pliers
• Steel snips (strong scissors for cutting metal)
Find some fun costume jewels
Raid your grandma's jewelry box, or go shopping for some pretty fake gems. Once you start searching, you will see this stuff everywhere. Look for bold colors that will pop, and sizes and shapes that will hide your magnet.
Take the jewelry apart
To get your jewels ready to become magnets, you will need to isolate them. If you are using a ring or pin, take off the back. If working with a necklace or earrings, separate the jewels into individual pieces. Needle-nose pliers should be strong enough to do the job in most cases, but you may need to get out the steel snips if you need to cut metals.
Glue magnets on the back
Use an adhesive that will stick to the jewels — most likely a glue that works with metal and/or plastic. If using contact cement, which you can buy at the hardware store, put a thin layer of the adhesive on the back of the magnet and on the back of the jewel. Let them sit separately for at least 15 minutes (or until the adhesive appears glossy), and then stick the magnet and jewel together. Allow your glue to dry completely.
Hang up your magnets and add some sparkle to your kitchen. Your grocery lists and reminders have never looked so glamorous.