DIY Animal Magnets

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I have seen these animal head and rear magnets a lot on Pintrest and other blogs and decided to see if the are as easy to make as everyone says they are.

The first step was picking out the animals. I went to Michaels and started picking out rubber animals I liked. I started noticing, however, that it was going to be really expensive! They were $3.99-$4.99 a piece! No way José! I then went to the section of animal “Toobs” and picked out my favorite set.

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I decided on the “Zoo Babies” This was a much cheaper route at $8.99 for the “Toob” and I liked that they were all the same size. The individual animals I was originally going to buy were all different sizes and I think would have ended up looking strange together.

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Next was cutting the animals in half. When my husband came into the dining room and witnessed me doing this, he:

1. Thought I was crazy.

2. Said “I am not taking you to the ER and telling them you cut your hand while cutting animal toys in half. Not happening.”

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After getting about halfway through cutting all the animals in half, I found that the most effective way was rocking the knife back and forth as apposed to using a sawing motion.

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The aftermath.

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If these magnets were for a child (as apposed to my 26 year old self) I think they would be really cute left as is. However, I wanted them to look more uniform, and also wanted them to match our gold and pink office, so I broke out the spray paint.

First, I put a coat of white primer spray paint.

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Then a coat of gold spray paint.

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I let them dry over night. Then it was time to glue the magnets on!

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FAIL. Glue gun was not the best option. I think between the spray paint, an uneven surface, and a heavy magnet, it just wasn’t a good combo. So I moved onto Krazy Glue.

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I like to use the “No Run Gel” version because I am notorious for having Krazy Glue accidents, where I just end up with Krazy Glue everywhere but where I want it.

Once the magnets were in place, I let them dry for a few minutes and they were good to go! Here is the final product!

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The only somewhat and tedious and difficult part of this project was cutting the toy animals in half. Once I got the hang of it, it was pretty easy. Also, waiting for the spray paint to dry was a pain, but I am one for instant gratification, so I always have that issue. Overall, I am pretty happy with the outcome! What do y’all think?

-Caitlin

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