Domed fridge magnets are cheap and easy to make and can be used for various purposes such as attaching notes, emergency numbers or contain photos of the family.
Here is how to make your own domed fridge magnets.
You will need:
- Computer with vector graphics or DTP software installed (for layout). You will also need bitmap graphics software if you are going to crop and edit photographs.
- Piece of magnetic sheeting (I cut mine to A4 size)
- DIY doming stickers (25mm round gel sticker and self-adhesive decal)
- Hollow punch (I’m using a 22mm punch, anything smaller than 25mm will work but not too small as the smaller magnets you punch out may not be strong enough to hold paper to the fridge). You will also need a hammer to strike the hollow punch.
- Inkjet printer
1.) Design your artwork on computer, the dome is 25mm/2.5cm/1 inch in diameter so design the artwork to fit in the dome.
2.) Lay out your artwork so it fits correctly when printed on the pre-cut stickers. Some doming kits have templates included that you can drop the artwork into. I already printed the top row of my sticker sheet last time so I’m printing on the second row of stickers.
3.) Once the stickers have been printed, apply the gel dome on top of the sticker. Wipe gently with a soft cloth to remove all air bubbles.
4.) Put magnetic sheet on hard surface and punch the piece of magnetic sheet with the hollow punch and hammer to create round circle magnets.
5.) Peel the gel dome covered printed sticker and paste it in the center of the punched magnetic circles. Wipe with cloth applying pressure to adhere it to the piece of round magnet:
You now have domed fridge magnets:
That can also be used to hold down to do lists:
The nice thing about making domed fridge magnets is that you can use off-cut strips of magnetic sheeting to make it:
I prefer to use a smaller size punch than the diameter of the dome as you could get the magnet sticking out by the side (left is 25mm round magnet, right is 22mm round magnet):
Tip: To get a cleaner cut, without rough edges, use a hard surface like a block of wood to punch your magnet