Every now and then, being a Crafty Beer Girl is about more than cleverly writing about beer. In times like these, I take the name seriously! I needed a project so I gathered my scissors and glue, along with a few purchases from the local craft store, and got to work. My beer fridge was looking a little naked, unfortunately. What better way to dress it up than with some beer-themed refrigerator magnets?
I don’t know about you, but I’ve collected a ton of stickers from breweries. Sure there are plenty of places to stick them, but I can never commit to a spot. That’s why turning them into magnets for my fridge was the perfect solution. All you need is an adhesive magnetic sheet from your local craft store, a good pair of scissors, and a steady hand.
- Cut a piece of magnetic sheet to fit your sticker and remove the adhesive backing.
- Remove the backing from your sticker, but take care. If the sticker is large, you may want to start by removing only part of it. Begin at one end and carefully lay it onto the sticky side of the magnetic sheet. Using your fingers, slowly press the sticker onto the surface of the sheet. Be mindful of bubbles that may form and work your way across the length of the sticker.
- Cautiously trim excess magnetic sheet around the edges. Cut as close to the edges as you can without nicking the sticker itself.
If you aren’t much of a sewer, but you have a cool patch from your local brewery, making it into a magnet may be a good option. Use your adhesive magnetic sheet and some clear-drying craft glue.
- Cut the magnetic sheet to size and remove the adhesive backing.
- Apply glue to the back of your patch. Be sure to get it into any corners.
- Lay the patch gently onto the sticky side of the sheet. Use your fingers to help it lay flat.
- Lay a heavy book on top while the glue dries to ensure a flat, even fusion.
Trim excess magnetic sheet from the edges. Be careful not to cut the patch.
If you find the cork inside your bottle of beer is printed with the logo of the brewery, hang onto it! You can easily turn it into an attractive magnet for your fridge. Sometimes you can even get two magnets out of one cork. You’ll need craft glue, a razor blade, and magnetic discs from the craft store.
- Using a razor blade or even a kitchen knife, cut the head of the cork from the neck. Try to keep your incision as straight as possible. You can shave off any protruding bits afterwards if need be.
- Using craft glue, fasten a magnetic disc to the back side of the cork.
- If the other end also has a design, attach a magnet to the back of it as well. Two for one!
If your bottle of beer had a cork, it likely also had a cage to fortify it against possible pressure from the carbonation pushing against it. The cap on the end of the cage often has a logo. This cap can easily be turned into a magnet. What do you need? Just glue and magnetic discs.
- Stretch the cage open and push down on the cap to release it.
- Because the cap is concave, you’ll need a double thick magnet. Glue two of your magnetic discs together.
- Attach your double wide magnet to the back of the cap. Be sure to use enough glue to fill the space between the magnet and the curved center of the cap.
If you love to collect bottle caps, you’ll want a way to display them. Turning them into magnets is the perfect way to honor your collection. Use a bottle opener that won’t bend your bottle cap or lay a quarter on top before opening. Other than that, you only need glue and magnetic discs.
- You’re going to need the double-wide magnets again. Glue two of your discs together.
- Adhere to the back of the bottle cap with glue. That’s it. Easy peasy!
What beer lover doesn’t have a bottle opener key-chain? I have them stashed all over the place because you never know when you might need one. Having one on your fridge, the very place your beer is stored, is about as handy dandy as it gets!
- Remove the rings from your keychain bottle opener.
- Locate the ideal spot on the back of the opener to fix a magnet to. A flat surface is best.
Use craft glue to fasten a magnetic disc.
Now that you’ve made plenty of beer magnets, open a beer and make a toast to your success! Likely you’ve already been drinking, but what’s one more? Hey, we’ve got to celebrate!