This is a fun little side project I had running. I saw that it was possible to purchase keybard magnets for the fridge on Ebay, but seeing as I had both an old keyboard and some magnet strips laying around I thought it was possible to make these myself. And it turned out pretty well if I must say so myself.

You can purchase some keyboard magnets here:

Keyboard fridge magnets on Ebay.co.uk

If you do already have an old keyboard laying around, then £8 is a little expensive. I am sure you are able to find a magnet strip for around £1-2, and even the keyboard should not be too pricey when bought at a second hand store.

Have fun with this project and feel free to visit my site for more random guides: www.cavaleri.dk

There is a different way to do this, if you want to use hot glue instead. Have a look at this video tutorial on how to accomplish that.


Step 1: Gathering materials

The first step is to make sure you have everything. However, you will not be needing much. Here is the list:

  • Old keyboard
  • Glue (I used tact/contact adhesive)
  • A fine filler (I used a filler for painting)
  • Magnet strips (can be bought cheap on Ebay)
  • A small piece of fine sandpaper
  • Tools (Pliers/saw and small screwdriver)

These are basically the things you will need. I had access to all of this but I would expect the total price of these to be around £5-7.

<p>Great idea</p>
<p>Nice way to recycle one or other keyboard with PS 2 connectors who have many people laying around. (anyone remembers PS2 ;) <br>I would use flat coin shaped neodymium magnets instead, because the most fridge magnets I know are too weak to hold more than itself and a thin note. </p>
<p>That is a great idea! It certainly turned out that these magnets aren't as strong as one might hope. However, they are fine for my needs because I only have paper notes on my fridge.</p>
<p>Isn't this a copy of <em>DIY Hacks and How Tos</em> Instructable: &quot;Keyboard Refrigerator Magnets?&quot;</p><p>You posted this 24 days after he posted his. Come on, be original.</p>
<p>I actually only noticed that this tutorial had been done a couple of times after I posted it on instructables and my blog and doing a google search on similar guides.<br>However, as you see I am using a slightly different method but I can see that the hot glue would have been a little easier. Although I'm not sure if it would be a waste of glue to fill the keys up like that. <br><br>I will go ahead and add his link to my instructable just for good measure. </p><p>@ngtronix: Thank you for providing the link. There are apparently a bunch of these and nice of you to find the original.</p>
<p>Anyone who wants to try this you should definitely should have a look at <em><a href="http://www.instructables.com/member/DIY+Hacks+and+How+Tos/" rel="nofollow">DIY Hacks and How Tos</a></em> Instructable <a href="http://www.instructables.com/id/Keyboard-Refrigerator-Magnets/" rel="nofollow">&quot;Keyboard Refrigerator Magnets&quot;</a>, he is using hotglue to attach the magnets which seems to be a bit easier to me. </p><p>@MiCavaleri:</p><p>If this is a copy you should respect<em> DIY Hacks and How Tos'</em> licence and give credit to him.</p><p>@petrolon:</p><p>I know that I basicly copied your comment, but I wanted to add the links ;)</p>
<p>This is great! can't wait to try it.</p>
<p>Sure go for it! Feel free to post any images of the results.</p>
<p>Oho! These are way cool.</p>

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