Thursday, February 23, 2012

Make it: Neon & wood magnets

Have you been noticing neon EVERYWHERE lately?  I've been inspired by this look, this necklace, and these lovely mouse pads.  It seems to play especially nice when paired with neutrals or otherwise natural pieces.  We're trying to improve on the 80's here, people.

If you're looking for a small way to inject some neon into your life, how about something bright for your fridge?  It's a very noncommittal way to participate in the latest trend :)

These are so easy to make, you might find yourself making more than you need, like I did.  My girls have been hanging so many papers on the fridge that it's getting hard to open!

If you want to make your own, here's what you need:

Wooden nickels

Acrylic paint (I used Martha Stewart craft paint in wedding cake, granny smith, yellow gold, party streamer, and beach glass)

Small, round magnets

Paint brush

Glue gun/glue

Painter's, masking, or washi tape

Tape off your design (sticking with simple lines will look best!) and paint.  The coats of paint dry very quickly.  I did about three coats per magnet.  Once you're satisfied with the color, let the last coat dry, then remove your tape.

Flip your wooden nickel over and use your glue gun to attach a magnet to the center of the back.  Done!

Feel free to crank up the David Bowie.  I won't tell :)


  1. Love the DIY (love the mouse pads too by the way)! Let's get some neon action!

  2. Fabulous! Thank you for the inspiration. A fun project to do with my kiddo, too.

  3. Fantastic! Love these! I really want to make some but I can't get hold of any wooden nickels? Do you now where can I get some from?

    1. @Anthony Hughes I always find them at craft/hobby stores, do you have anything like that near you? I just checked out your site, you do amazing work!! -Randi

  4. Love this! Found you through Pinterest. I just did a natural +neon post on my blog, it really is my favorite trend right now. Thanks so much for this awesome DIY, following you now!


  5. I am SO in love with this DIY. I'm going to put a link to it in my Friday round-up this week and probably make it myself next week! :)


    (BTW - I found you via Rena Tom's blog.)

  6. Love them! glad I found your lovely blog! hx

  7. Deceptively easy, and they look modern and sophisticated, too. Thanks for the idea. Adding to my 52 Weeks Project queue!

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