I found a collection of my old pin badges recently and, although I like them a lot, I dont really wear badges anymore. This is an instructable to show how I converted them from badges to fridge magnets!
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Step 1: Parts and Tools
You will need:
- Your old pin badges
- 3mm plywood
- Small magnets (these are 5mm x 2mm neodynium magnets)
- Felt or funky foam
- Glue - I used power bond, but epoxy could also have been used
- Laser cutter (this could also be done with a drill and a saw, but hey...)
- Ruler or digital calipers
Step 2: Remove Pins
Using a pair of pliers remove the pin inserts from the badges.
Some of them were very easy to remove, some required a bit of fiddling - it all depends upon the badge.
Step 3: Measure Size
Measure the inside of the badges. We will use this measurement to make some wooden inserts to hold the magnets.
Step 4: Cut Wooden Disk and Foam Backing
I did a quick design with three smaller holes of 5mm diameter and the outer size the same as the inner measurement of the badge.
Using a laser cutter I cut this out in 3mm ply.
I also cut circles in the felt.
Step 5: Glue in Backing and Magnets
Using the power bond gap filling glue I stuck the wooden circles to the back of the badges.
I added a bit more into the magnet holes and then squidged magnets into each hole. I used two magents in each hole and made sure that their polarities were all the same way around.
Using a thin layer of glue, I stuck oin the felt to the back. This stops them scratching the fridge door.
Leave the glue to dry for a few hours.
Step 6: Hold Stuff to a Fridge With Your Favourite Badge
They make a fine addition to your fridge. And they can hold notes and stuff.