In this instructable I will show you how to make two types of magnets. In one of them we recycle bottle caps in a magnetic alphabet and in the other we create our magnets from scratch!
The alphabet is great for those with kids who are learning the letters / words or if you want to leave a message in the fridge!
All materials are easy to find in any hardware store.
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Step 1: Materials and Tools
You will need:
- Beer / Soda Bottle Caps - No need to buy bottle caps, recycle!
- Neodymium Magnets
- Magnetic sheet - I found some self-adhesive magnetic sheets for sale, if you can't find them you can use glue or print on self-adhesive sheets. There are also magnetic sheets on the market that can be printed...
- Computer and Printer
- Paper sheets - For the magnetic sheet, use the one that best suits the type of magnetic sheet you find. For the bottle caps use a thicker paper, I used drawing paper.
- Hot glue gun
- Super glue
Of course you can create your own themes for your magnets, but if you want the same ones featured in this instructable you can download them!
Step 2: ABC...
Let's start making the alphabet with the bottle caps.
Start by printing the letters, in the previous step (Step 1) is a PDF that you can download or create your own. Measure the inside diameter of the covers, mine are 2.5cm / 1in.
Then the boring work of cutting out all the letters begins... But in the end the work will be rewarded with a fantastic alphabet!
Apply some hot glue and glue the letter to the cap. Repeat until no letters are left without cap!!!
Now all that remains is to glue the neodymium magnet with super glue and the magnetic letter is finished.
I first thought it was not necessary to glue the magnet to the bottle cap, but without glue, when you pull the cap the magnet stays in the fridge and not the cap... Super glue does the job!
Now you can have fun creating words and leaving messages!
Step 3: The Other Magnets!
In this step we will create our own custom magnets.
Choose the best images and let's go!
If you want to make identical ones to what I did, in step 1 is a link to a pdf that you can download.
You should laminate the print to prevent it from getting dirty or damaged in future handling.
After the print is laminated the next step is to join it with the magnetic sheet. As I wrote earlier, use the appropriate method for the type of magnetic sheet you have found. In my case I used magnetic adhesive sheet and also adhesive paper, it is unnecessary to use two adhesive methods but it was what I had at the time and did not go wrong.
The magnets are almost completed, simply cut with scissors and you're done!
Step 4: Final Thoughts.
I hope you liked the idea of making your own magnets, it is very rewarding when someone decides to make words and leave messages with the bottle cap magnets.
Printed magnets are fantastic souvenirs that you can give to your friends.
If you want to make photo magnets I advise you to print on photo paper instead of plain paper, the print quality is much better with photo paper.
If you have any doubts feel free to ask.