Tutorial Tuesday: Easy Button Magnets

These cute little buttons may just be the easiest craft project ever.  They use minimal supplies and only take 5 minutes to make.  I must say this is my kind of craft.  Packaged nicely I think these button magnets would make an excellent stocking stuffer.

You will need:

  1. Hot Glue Gun
  2. Magnets
  3. Pretty Buttons

Believe it or not this project is as simple as gluing buttons to magnets!  These colourful button magnets make an excellent and affordable last minute holiday gift.  There is only one small thing I would do different next time… I think I would buy thinner magnets.  In the picture below you can see they are very thick.

Here is one more picture of the finished project.  I have to say I am thrilled with how they turned out!

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  1. says

    I just wanted to stop by and let you know that I linked to this post today from the Home & Garden channel at Craft Gossip. :)

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  2. Jennifer says

    CUTE! I think the magnets are fine, sometimes thinner magnets= never holding more than it’s self up.

  3. says

    I am definitely making these!! I think I might “stitch” thread through some of them first, to make them look “sewn on,” but they’re brilliant!! Thanks for the wonderful inspiration!! Do you present them on a button card, making them look like they’re ready for purchase in your favorite notions department?

  4. says

    Hi Pam, I think stitching thread through the button holes is a great idea! It would look great in a bold contrasting colour. Thanks for stopping by!


  5. says

    Hi Jennifer, You make a good point about using thinner magnets. The ones I used are solid and can hold up several take-out menus. Have a great day! KRISTEN

  6. Katie says

    I would have emailed this comment to you but the email link on your website didn’t seem to work…?
    I am a year 10 student at Tiffin Girls School and I am
    currently doing a controlled assesment peice on organising
    an upcycling and recycling event. We have to include
    demonstrations to inspire people to upcycle at home and I
    thought your button magnets would be perfect! I was wondering if you could possibly give me permissino to use the three pictures on this page?
    I love them by the way and think that they’re so simple but look really great when they’re finished!
    Thank you very much for your time and happy new year!

    Katie McArdle

  7. says

    Beautiful and easy. I have the little clear rocks and magnets that you glue pictures between the rocks and magnets- but now I think I’m going to grab all my fancy buttons and do this to them instead of the rocks. It looks much easier and faster. Thanks for sharing. Found you on C.R.A.F.T.

  8. Crystal says

    out of curiousity, does it have to be a hot glue gun? would regular glue work? i’ve glued buttons to lots of things with just regular glue.

  9. says

    Hey Crystal, I don’t think you necessarily need a hot glue gun… just a glue that is strong enough to support the weight of your button. You could try using regular glue or maybe even crazy glue.

  10. Hannah says

    hi! i am sooooo thankful that you posted this! i have a huge box of buttons lingering in my wardrobe, sitting there collecting dust, and now i think i know what to do with them! do you think i could use magnet tape on flat buttons? i’m not sure that it would hold very well but willing to give it a try and report back, just want to know if you would like to know how it worked out!

  11. says

    Hey Hannah, I would love to see and hear about how your magnets turn out… I have never used magnetic tape but would love to hear how you make out!

  12. Meg says

    THE BOOK THIEF IS MY FAVORITE BOOK! Plus this is just a super cute craft, I love magnets. If you haven’t read that book, you need to… NOW!

  13. A boy who makes jewelry says

    I know I’m a little late… But this is so simple and so cool. I made at least 30 of these for my teacher on the last day of school, and she thought they wereso cool! In your first and last pictures, in your “reading list”, have you actually read “The Book Theif”? It’s so good, but so sad! Anyway, love the tutorial.

  14. says

    HI there: I’m so glad you posted your comment! Glad your teacher liked the magnets. I think they are so cute. I am reading the book thief right now. I am currently half way through. Thanks again!

  15. emily says

    These are so cute! You can buy rare earth magnets on Etsy for relatively cheap – they are super thin and small and WAY stronger than the ones you can buy at the craft store…


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