Introduction: Recycled Tool Box Magnetic Labels

About: Just a guy tinkering in his spare time

I wanted an organized toolbox, so my girlfriend decided to make labels to help me find tools faster.  This can also be a great gift for anyone with a toolbox. We used magnets we had laying around from the free ones off of the phone book.    

First off you will need:

Magnets - Business Card Size (We used free ones but you can buy business card sized magnets at an office store)
Scissors or paper cutter
Razor or Exacto knife
Q-tips or Brush
Enamel Spray
Printer (optional you could just write the labels with the marker)

Step 1: Collect Magnets

We found these magnets free on phone books, why buy them when you can recycle them for free.  If you don't have any, you can buy them at the local office supply store.  Try to decided how many magnets you will need.  Each magnet makes 2 labels.

A suggested list if your making these for someone else would be;
SAE Sockets, mm Sockets, Ratchets, Wrenches, Screwdrivers, Drill Bits, Cutting Tools, Electrical Tools, Chisels & Punches, Hammers, Air Tools, Pliers, Testers

Step 2: Print Your Labels

Print or write your labels that your going to make.  We made the boxes a little larger then a business card to make cutting the labels out easier.  The size we used was 3.6" x 2.1"

Step 3: Cut Out the Labels

Cut out the labels, we left the box around the labels for applying them to the magnets.

Step 4: Glue the Labels to the Magnets

Glue the labels to the magnets.  You can move the labels around a little to get it straight while the glue is still wet.

Step 5: Cut Off Excess Paper

Cut off excess paper,  but be careful not to cut the magnet.

Step 6: Measure and Cut the Magnet

Measure the magnet and cut it in half creating 2 labels.  Round off edges if necessary to make them look better.

Step 7: Seal Labels

Seal the labels with a clear enamel spray to protect them and keep them looking nice.

Step 8: Apply the Labels

Apply the labels to your toolbox and enjoy your work. Or give them to the person in your life that needs a little more organization.

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