Magnets are a brilliant tool when it comes to crafting. From homeware to fashion, magnets can be used to turn pretty projects into practical, useful items.


Not only are they cost-effective but they’re also much easier to attach to your projects than traditional methods. Fixing a magnet with glue or adhesive to your creation is much easier than having to sew buttonholes or screw in hooks.

To show you just how useful magnets can be, we’ve collected six fun crafts which use a variety of magnet types. We will show you why each of these magnets is great and direct you to a creative project you can make with them!

Ready? Let’s find you some magnets for crafting.

Six easy ways to use magnets in your crafting

1. Turn your clay creations into magnets!

DIY craft magnets final

Whether it’s polymer clay creations, painted pebbles or resin crafts, magnets can turn all projects into handy fridge magnets! Fridge magnets are a brilliant way of displaying your work and keeping all your lists where you can see them.

These self-adhesive magnets from FIRST4MAGNETS® work perfectly with our how to make pebble magnets tutorial. They’re durable, affordable and small, making them perfect for adding to the back of pebbles.

2. Create an inspirational mood board

All creatives need a mood board. A place to visualise their ideas, manifest their dreams and keep WIPs close by.

By adding magnetic tape to the back of your designs, patterns and projects, you can store them neatly without forgetting about them. When they’re tucked away in a box they’re out of sight and out of mind!

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Learn how to make a DIY whiteboard with our tutorial and stick all your projects using magnetic tape. These strip magnets from FIRST4MAGNETS® are brilliant as you can cut them to any size and they are incredibly strong. This will ensure your project folders or pattern sheets don’t come crashing down in the night!

Looking for more magnet craft projects?

Turn your clay creations into fun fridge magnets with our how to make fridge magnets tutorial.

3. Display your treasured memories

Instead of keeping photos, schoolwork and artwork tucked away why not display them? This is a wonderful way of remembering all the special moments. Plus it makes a great talking point for when friends come over.

Adhesive dot magnets are ideal for securing to the back of documents and photos. They’re lightweight enough not to affect the document itself but strong enough to keep them attached to your fridge.

You can add adhesive dot magnets to your photos and papers or you can add them to objects as we have in our peg magnet tutorial.

4. Use magnets in your clothing projects

Quilted jacket pattern

Magnets can be really useful when it comes to dressmaking. They’re a much simpler way of closing and fastening garments without the need for complicated sewing techniques.

Textile magnets can be sewn into clothing just like this quilted jacket pattern. This pattern is designed as a spring/summer jacket meaning it has no clasps or buttons. To make it a little more fitted (and a little less chilly!) textile magnets could be sewn into the hem to create a secure fastening.

5. Make your own elegant jewellery

How to make a seed bead necklace

Magnetic jewellery clasps are great for people who struggle with fiddly lobster clasps! They’re easy to attach to your jewellery designs and make putting on necklaces a breeze.

These magnetic clasps would work brilliantly with our seed bead necklace tutorial. All you need to do is thread some wire through the magnetic clasp, create a loop and attach it to your necklace chain with a small ring.

Watch this video below by FIRST4MAGNETS® to learn how to use a magnetic clasp.

6. Upcycle or design your own handbags

Macrame purse

Finally, magnetic clasps can be used to upcycle or create your own accessories. Specifically, clasp magnets are good for bag-making. Crochet bags, knitted bags, even this macrame purse tutorial – most bags open and close using a magnetic clasp.

They’re simple to fix in place, just bend the prongs of one side into your material to create a secure clasp. These magnetic clasps from FIRST4MAGNETS® will make sure your precious items don’t come tumbling out!

Create practical projects with magnets

It doesn’t matter whether you’re a budding dressmaker or keen potter, having a collection of magnets for crafts in your stash is a must. They come in a range of shapes and sizes designs and can be used for a huge variety of creative projects.

Once you’ve picked up some magnets for crafts the world is your oyster! You can make just about anything magically magnetic.

Pick up your own magnets for crafts

To find all the magnets you need to make these projects, head over to FIRST4MAGNETS®. They sell a huge range of magnets for crafts in a variety of different shapes and styles.


As a special gift for Gathered readers, they’re giving you a 10% discount! Add the code ‘GATHERED10’ at checkout to receive your discount. Happy crafting!


Phoebe Burt
Phoebe BurtSEO and Communities Editor, Gathered

Phoebe has worked for Gathered, and our sister magazine Mollie Makes, for 3 years. She manages our Arts & Crafts section and specialises in social media and content strategy. She has a background in all things marketing, a flair for Pinterest and a knack for finding the next big craft trend. Previously she worked as Digital Campaign Executive for Fat Media. You may recognise her name from Mollie Makes Social Media magazine, where she shared her expertise and top tips on becoming social media savvy.

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