37. How to Make a Fridge Magnet

Create pretty magnets from bottle tops

This episode is subtitled: ‘What’s a warming drawer…?

Kim and Gary are in Dubai. It’s not somewhere that appeals to me with its concrete, glass and air-conditioned shopping. I’d prefer to lose myself in the past, wandering round ancient Moorish palaces in Spain, marvelling at the beautiful courtyards and gardens (I’m told they are worthy of marvel), rugged mountains in the background…. Oh, I hope I get there one day.

Kim has asked me to check on the house while they are away. I don’t mind doing this at all, but I do think it’s a bit over the top since they live in a gated close and the cleaner will be turning up once each week to keep on top of the housework. Still, if it stops her worrying, it’s worth it.

There was another reason I was happy to go to Kim’s house – I’d made some pretty flower fridge magnets for this week’s post and I thought they’d look much better photographed on her extravagant bank of four shiny metal appliances. So I put the magnets and camera in my bag that morning, ready for popping in on the way home from work.

salvagebox.co.uk - Blue sittingAlthough Blue is adorable, and relatively well behaved, when we arrived at Mayfair Gardens that evening I left him in the large porch while I did the rounds because he would have thought nothing of jumping on the cream sofa and curling up for a snooze while he waited for me, muddy paws or no muddy paws.

I started upstairs, poking my head round each door (every bedroom, every bathroom) so I could report back that all was well. As I was heading back downstairs the phone rang. Should I answer it? Gary is an architect and, although he has an office, he’s very likely to get work calls at home. Maybe I should take a message. Maybe I’ll mess up a message so it would be better to let the answer machine cut in. But what if it’s really important and they don’t leave a message? I decided to answer.

‘H..hello?’ I managed.

‘Good afternoon. This is Jeremy for Gary or Kim. Either of them around?’

‘Erm…no, sorry. Erm…should I take a message?

‘Kindly ask them to give me a ring. Thanks.’ And he hung up.

I scrabbled around in the hall draw looking for something to write on while I could still remember his name, but couldn’t find anything, despite pulling out most of the contents including a coaster, a set of keys, a couple of ornaments…oh dear, was that onyx fish out already? Kim is so precise about her home décor and I’m pretty sure I wasn’t making exactly the right choices as I put things back in the drawer.

Eventually, I found a pen and paper in my own bag and came across the fridge magnets and camera while I was rummaging. So after making the most of Kim’s expanse of shiny metal appliances to take my photos I was able to leave the note, complete with pretty magnet, attached to her…… oh, what is it? A warming drawer, I think.

Blue's signature I’d been saving interesting bottle tops for a while, thinking that they would make good fridge magnets but they always get a bit misshapen and sometimes scratched when they are taken off the bottle so I decided to cover them with fabric instead.

Create pretty magnets from bottle tops

I chose six co-ordinating fabrics (some of them from my scraps jar) and cut out a circle for each bottle top. I found the top of a face cream container that was 6.5cm in diameter and was a perfect size to use as a template.

Create pretty magnets from bottle tops
Create pretty magnets from bottle tops
Create pretty magnets from bottle tops

I sewed a running stitch all the way round, fairly close to the outside edge.

Create pretty magnets from bottle tops

Then gathered it up with the bottle top inside (upside down), tying the two ends of the thread in a couple of knots to secure it.

Create pretty magnets from bottle tops
Create pretty magnets from bottle tops

The magnets I used are what we have in the flower shop for wedding corsages. They each come with a small metal disc so the mother of the bride can put that on the inside of her clothes and the corsage, which incorporates the magnet, is attracted to the small disc and stays I place on the outside of her clothes. We only use the larger magnetised part for this project and the amazing thing is, they are so powerful they don’t even need to be glued into place; they just ‘stick’ to the bottle top through the fabric and make it look like a little flower.

They can be found in florist suppliers such as Country Baskets. Admittedly, they are quite expensive but you get a lot of them in a pack so you could share with some friends. But if you do splash out on your own, I’m sure we’ll do other things with them in the future.

Create pretty magnets from bottle tops
Create pretty magnets from bottle tops

And here we have all six!

Create pretty magnets from bottle tops

But the middles looked a bit shiny and silver so I experimented with my metallic Sharpies.

Create pretty magnets from bottle tops

I decided to go with gold middles…

Create pretty magnets from bottle tops

…and sliver dots for pollen.

Create pretty magnets from bottle tops
Create pretty magnets from bottle tops
Create pretty magnets from bottle tops

I had a field day in Kim’s kitchen! In hindsight, I don’t think I could have risked scratching her appliances with interesting bottle tops (the other way up) that weren’t covered with fabric.

Create pretty magnets from bottle tops
Create pretty magnets from bottle tops

I wonder who Jeremy is.

Tips:

  • The corsage magnets are VERY strong. The packs warn against people with pacemakers wearing them.

Salvaged Items:

  • Bottle tops
  • Fabric scraps

Very simple project this week, hope you like it. See you all again next week when I open up my salvage box and create something else to share with you.

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2 thoughts on “37. How to Make a Fridge Magnet

  1. Enjoying reading about your projects Jenny. Unfortunately I have not had a great deal of opportunity to try many of them, but I have lots of ideas. All the things you make look fab.

    Jayne.

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