How To: Make Washi Tape Magnets

created at: 10/24/2012

We’ve shown you 5 clever ways to decorate with washi tape and even some cool washi tape storage jars, but what about bringing a little of this tape-loving action to the kitchen (or home office)? Here’s a simple afternoon project that will do just that!          


Keep fridges or memo boards organized with these DIY washi tape magnets. They’re a cinch to make and only require three materials: washi tape, scissors, and magnets. Check out Twirling Betty for more instructions and tips! Continue Reading

How to: Make a Magnetic Organization Center

created at: 12/27/2011

As wonderfully functional as scotch tape is, it just doesn’t do it for me in the aesthetic department.  It didn’t do much for Landee either, so she came up with her own solution to displaying calendars and child art.   Isn’t sheet metal the most convenient thing ever?  Well, I’m sure there are other things more useful than sheet metal, but for organization purposes it gets 5 stars from me.  Landee of Landee See Landee Do attached a large piece to the wall and went magnet crazy on everything to get the organized life she wanted. Continue Reading

Make It: Kid-Friendly Popsicle Stick Magnets!

created at: 08/23/2011

Here at Curbly, we love a good magnet, especially if we can make a bunch and make ’em ourselves.  What could possibly be better than that?  Super colorful magnets made from recycled materials that allow for spontaneous creativity and fun in the kitchen!  Sold?  Read on!  

Brooke Fish, the blogger and crafty designer behind Pure and Noble, came up with this clever solution to use up old popsicle sticks and those ubiquitous, local business refrigerator magnets that arrive in every mailer or are attached to every phone book in the world.   Continue Reading

Mini Polaroid Magnets

created at: 06/14/2011

There is something so classic about Polaroid pictures.  And mini polaroids?  Be still my heart!  Here’s one easy way make your pictures even more memorable.  

Jennifer Kirk was inspired by these Pantone magnets and decided to make her own spin on them.  I’m just loving her creative result.  created at: 06/14/2011

Check out her blog for her tutorial

(found via Design Mom)

How To: Make Tree Branch Magnets


created at: 05/12/2011

Last summer, in the midst of the August showers, a neighboring building lost a beautiful maple tree in a major thunderstorm. It was quickly disassembled by the electric company, presumably so it wouldn’t fall onto the power lines. And there it sat. For weeks.

Then, a month or so later, I heard a loud grind out of my open windows (horray for open window weather!), and spied a big truck with a wood chipper in their yard. Continue Reading

Wooden Magnetic Knife and Tool Holder.

Wooden Magnetic Knife Holder from Lie-Nielson ToolworksThe on-the-wall magnetic knife block is a safe and efficient way to keep your blades sharp and on hand. But metal surfaces can scratch your tools and look a bit industrial, if that doesn’t suit your style.

As an alternative, Lie-Nielsen offers the Mag-Blok an alternative with an all-wood facade. With options in sugar maple and cherry, it’s made to fit your butcher blocks, and many models of cabinetry. And at $35.00 for an 18″ model, the price is plenty reasonable. Continue Reading

17 Cool Magnetic Tricks.

Home use and DIY projects, geek crafts, handmade toys…there’s nothing wrong with keeping a few neodymiums in your tool box. The clever team at Evil Mad Scientist have assembled seventeen helpful uses, with original photographs!Magnet tricks

Some highlights:

  • Extract batteries from stubborn holders
  • Find studs in your walls
  • Make a homopolar motor
  • Make LED Throwies
  • Demonstrate magnetohydrodynamic propulsion
  • Make a simple compass
  • Experiment with self assembly
  • Make almost anything (ferromagnetic) into a building set
  • Make a Curie motor

Check out the full list here. Continue Reading

How To: Attach Stuff to Walls without Drilling Holes.

Instructables user HighwayKind wanted to keep his kitchen a little more organized: “I didn’t want to ruin my

kitchen tiles and wall by drilling a giant
hole through it, but I did want to hang my knife and paper/foil thing
to the wall. Solution: superglue and magnets.”

Check out the process here…I’m not quite sure whether it’s any more wiser to superglue stuff to the wall than to drill into it, but clever, nonetheless.