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DIY Alphabet Magnets


Last week on Tu Mañana, I made these super cute DIY Alphabet Magnets + they were such a big hit that I had to share them with you here.


I got inspired to make this tutorial thanks to my little cousin Katita. You see, when Katita was 4 my aunt asked her what she wanted for Christmas + she responded: “Alphabet magnets for the fridge”. “Say what?”, thought my aunt. She was a bit perplexed to say the least. She couldn’t understand it, specially because she was so used to the big gigantic Santa lists the rest of us made, LOL. So Katita’s simple + very unique request really touched us all that Holiday Season + we still don’t forget it. And today I’m celebrating it by showing all of you how to make a home crafted version of the famous plastic Fisher Prize-like alphabet fridge magnets.



For these project you’ll need:

  • Carton paper
  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • Whole punch
  • Exacto knife
  • Paint brush
  • Acrylic paints
  • Magnets
  • Silicon glue
  • Clothespins


step by step

After gathering your materials…



Step 1: With the pencil, draw the letters unto the carton. Make them a little fat for coloring later.



Step 2: Carefully cut the letters with your scissors. Use the exacto knife for precision angles + your whole punch for letters that have insides.



Step 3: With your paint brush + paints, color your letters.



Step 4: Make them extra pretty.



Step 5: Time to glue on your magnets to the back. Use clothespins to secure adhesion.



Step 6: Voila! You are now ready to beautify your fridge!


Wasn’t this fun? If you’re feeling it, leave a comment + share the love.



Mayi Carles

19 Responses to DIY Alphabet Magnets

  • April says:

    These are so fun! I want to make a set for my nephew 🙂

  • Zoe | A Quick Study Paper Goods says:

    Ohmygosh, Mayi! I love this project. I have been thinking about getting the boring plastic version for my toddler but now I am totally going to DIY instead… I wonder if that really thin balsa wood would be sturdy but still cut-able? Or chip board, I have a ton of that!

  • mayicarles says:

    LOL thanks April 🙂 Let me know how it goes.

  • mayicarles says:

    Zoe: Awwww thanks girl :). The carton I used for these is from carton boxes. It was already a bit hard to cut, so be careful if going a bit thicker. I wonder if you can cut thin wood with scissors. Not sure. Let me know if you try it out so I can consider it for future projects.

  • ludid says:

    i am new to your blog. i am enjoying your amazing energy and creative spirit. this is certainly a project i will try with my son this afternoon. thanks.

  • mayicarles says:

    Ludid: Welcome my dear! Thanks for yoru sweet compliments. It’s a realy pleasure to have you here with us 🙂 + thank you so much for peaking in to say hi + let me know you’re here. That makes me SOOO happy!

  • April Starr says:

    How cute!! My little girl would just love this! And what a great project she and I could do together. Thanks for the idea! 🙂

  • Aura Elena Ferrer says:

    just as cute as it can be!!!

  • lakshmi says:

    Cute !!! I love how you’ve painted it . Nice work, my dear.

  • Maria Luisa Carles V. Rodrigues da Silva says:

    Darling Mayi…
    Thank you for this idea!!! I will use it with my little dancers to identify their materials in the lock-rooms… It is going to be really pretty… and I will ask them to design some dancers on the letters!!! That will be fun too!!!
    Thank you for the idea!!!. Big kiss… Maria Luisa III

  • Tea Jurković says:

    Thank you so much for this lovely DIY. Posted a link on http://hobbychic.blogspot.com/2011/04/sareni-magneti.html

    Greetings from far away Croatia!

  • Mary Rickles says:

    Mayi ~ these are great! I have arthritis in my fingers so cutting cardboard is hard. Think I will try foamboard since much can be cut with the exacto and then my 3 year old granddaughter can paint away – something she loves to do! THANKS for this!

  • Rachel says:

    What a sweet thing to ask for on Christmas! Thanks so much Mayi- I’ll be linking to this if you don’t mind.

  • Taci says:

    If adults could be as sweet as children, can u imagine how different this world would be?!!
    These are fantastic and I cannot wait to make them with my kids and neice over the next few weeks as we learn our letters.
    I too am amazed at your site and I deeply love your attitude! You are So inspiring!
    Love, Taci

  • miami makeup artist says:

    that’s really cute!

  • Ivy says:

    Thanks for this post. I was looking for an idea to use for party favours that didn’t involve candy of any kind. I am planning on making these letters for each child to make up their name.

  • This is so cute love the ides you make are always amazing


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  • Lars says:

    Thanks for these ideas.
    What kind of magnets do you use, and where can you get them from?

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