Household items with magnets

If you’ve been looking for interesting ways to use earth magnets, you’re in luck. There are at least 10 awesome cool tricks that you can do with Rare earth magnets.

  • Extract Batteries: You’ve probably got at least ten things in your home that require batteries to operate. Chances are, you’ve had at least one of these items hold onto some batteries longer than you’d like. Somehow, batteries always tend to get stuck inside of stubborn holders. If you’ve been looking for an easy way to get them out, take an earth magnet to the batteries, and they’ll pop right out!
  • Find Studs: You want to mount a television on your wall, but you’ve got no stud finder. Instead of going to the local hardware store and spending money on a stud finder, pull out a magnet. Move a magnet over your wall until it sticks. Eventually the magnet will find a screw or nail hair under the paint, thus locating a stud!
  • Make a Compass: Sandwich thread between two very strong magnets, then hang it down and you’ll have an instant compass. It’s a lot easier than you might think!
  • Eddy Current Damping: If you’re looking for a cool new party trick, drop a magnet down an aluminum or copper tube. You’ll soon start to see a hovering slow fall that is caused by eddy current damping. Nobody will know how you did it!
  • Beat Magnet Safety Locks: If you’re trying to use a photocopier or printer without closing the lid, attach a magnet to the inside hinge. You’ll then be able to beat the machine’s internal safety magnet lock.
  • Put Your Laptop to Sleep: Most laptops have a magnetic sensor that tells it when the lid is closed. If you want to make your laptop go to sleep with the lid open, place a magnet on the upper right hand corner of the lid.
  • Chip Clip: Placing two magnets on either side of an open bag of chips will create an awesome chip clip.
  • Building Set: Place magnets on the inside of tin containers, such as an empty container of Altoids. You’ll now have a building set of Altoids tins.
  • LED Throwies: You can make LED throwies with magnets that will look awesome in your garden or front yard.
  • Fridge Pen: If you’re always searching for a pen in your kitchen, attach a magnet to the metal clip on a pen, then stick it to your fridge. Boom! You’ve got a fridge pen.

Please be advised not all magnets are rare earth magnets. Earth magnets exhibit very strong holding power than non-earth magnets.

These small, powerful discs or strips (look for them in varying strengths at a craft store) excel at creating vertical storage and a safe space for tiny items. Just remember to keep them away from kids who might swallow them as you try these ideas:

1. Secure a trash bag.
This trick works with metal wastebaskets: When you fold the trash bag over the top of the pail, affix it to the outside of the can with magnets.

2. Hold pins while sewing.

Sarah Jane’s Craft Blog

Avoid a DIY disaster (hello, sharp pins all over the floor) by placing them in a dish doctored up with strong magnets. Learn how to make this one at Sarah Jane’s Craft Blog.

3. Corral paper clips.
Place a magnet in your desk drawer to keeps metallic clips in one spot.

4. Stick up kids’ cups.

Adventures in Pinteresting

Rheannon at Adventures in Pinteresting came up this genius idea to keep her kids from dirtying more than one glass each day. She glued magnets onto cups so they could hover on the fridge above the water dispenser. When her kids want a drink, they can quicky grab a cup and replace it for later when they’re done.

5. Add removable pizzazz to a lamp shade.

Twelve Oaks Manor

We love this creative idea from Angela at Twelve Oaks Manor. Add magnets to the back of decorative flowers and use them to pretty up a bare lamp shade. Then, easily remove them whenever you tire of the look.

6. Fix a drafty door.
To make sure your sliding door always closes completely, affix one magnet to the door, and another to the frame (check out the how-to in this video).

7. Organize your makeup.

Janicki Photography

Glue magnets to your favorite palettes and stick them up on a magnetic board, like Margaret did at Janicki Photography. This way, your countertop remains clear, but your makeup is still within easy reach.

RELATED: 5 Cute Ways to Display Your Makeup “

8. Store aluminum foil and plastic wrap on the fridge.
It might not be the prettiest solution, but if you use these wraps often, consider placing small magnets inside the boxes. Then, you can place them on your fridge and grab them in a flash.

9. Create cute kitchen bin.

A Pretty Cool Life

Attach magnets onto vintage tins, like Cheryl at A Pretty Cool Life, to make fridge decor that also acts as an extra storage spot.

10. Keep tiny pieces nearby.

My Altered State

DIYers (and IKEA furniture builders) take note: Pauline at My Altered State shows off how to create a cuff that holds screws and other small bits steady.

TELL US: How do you use magnets around the house?

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12 Places To Find Magnets At Home

Magnets are used in a variety of different ways. From holding notes on your refrigerator to powering industrial equipment, magnets have a diverse range of applications. You may be surprised at how often you use magnets without realizing it. Other than the cute magnets holding photos on your fridge, can you find all of the other ways magnets are used in your home? Check out our infographic to get started:

The Bedroom

1. Duvet Covers – Magnets are used in some duvet covers to hold them closed.

2. Hanging Art – Hook magnets can be used to hang wall art and posters. They can also be used to organize closets by hanging scarves, jewelry, belts, and more.

3. Handbags and Jewelry – Handbags often incorporate magnets into the clasps. Magnetic clasps are also used to make jewelry.

The Kitchen

4. Microwave Magnets – Microwaves use magnetrons consisting of magnets to generate electromagnetic waves, which heat the food.

5. Refrigerator Doors – Refrigerators and freezers are sealed with a magnetic mechanism so they’re easy to open from the inside.

6. Spice Rack – A magnetic spice rack with neodymium magnets is easy to make and useful for clearing valuable counter space.

7. Knife Rack – A magnetic knife rack is easy to make and great for organizing kitchen utensils.

The Office

8. Cabinets – Many cabinet doors are secured with magnetic latches so they don’t pop open unintentionally.

9. Computers – Magnetism is a major component of computers. The hard drive’s disk is coated with tiny magnets, which allow computers to store data.

10. Organizing Office Supplies – Neodymium magnets are useful for organization. Metal office supplies like paperclips and thumbtacks will stick to the magnet so they won’t get misplaced.

The Dining Room

11. Extendable Tables – Extendable tables with additional pieces can use magnets to hold the table in place.

12. Tablecloths – When having an outdoor party, use magnets to hold the tablecloth in place. The magnets will keep it from blowing away in the wind along with everything sitting on the table. Magnets also won’t damage the table with holes or tape residue.

Can you find all the magnets used in your home? Let us know if you find any places that we didn’t include in our list.

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Magnets and Magnetism for Kids

With magnets for kids, there is so much to discover!
Teach students the science of magnetic attraction with fun hands-on products! Get magnetism supplies for experiments with magnetic poles and fields, and different types of magnets. Kids can learn about temporary and permanent magnets. They can explore the intersection of electricity and magnetism with electromagnets. Teach them how a compass reads the magnetic pole of the Earth to orient itself. They can even experiment with magnetic levitation and so much more!
Find individual magnets for kids and complete experiment kits complete with study guides. Find science fair project kits from Science Buddies and introductory kits for ages 4 and up.
One amazed customer had this to say about the neodymium disc magnets:

“Excellent strength for their size. With one watch battery sized magnet, I was able to pick up a 2′ long crowbar.” —Jeremy

Shop for magnets ranging from super-strong neodymium rare earth magnets to magnetic marbles. Ideal for magnetism experiments or just letting your kids discover on their own. Find iron filings; bar, ring, and horseshoe magnets; books on magnetism; magnet activity kits, and more. The Magic Penny Magnet Kit or Magnetic Levitation Kit make great gifts!

Magnets are great. Whether you love the sheer brilliance of how they stick together, or you’ve always wanted to learn new and creative ways of using them in your daily life, I’ve found 25 ways that you can implement magnets into your next DIY project.
There is definitely something in this collection for everyone. From decorating to keeping things in their place, these projects are amazing, and so very easy to do! By the way, be sure to check out my Ridiculously Fun DIY Backyard Games post, too!
So, if you have a bit of time for a great new DIY project, and you’ve always wanted to do something great with magnets, this is the post for you. Pull up a chair, and few magnets, and let’s learn some new ways to put those magnets to good use. Some of these are borderline genius!

Table of Contents

Kitchen Calendar

This magnetic calendar is the perfect kitchen accessory. Not only does it look great, it also helps you keep your life a bit more organized, and we can all use a little more organization. You can add or erase appointments easily, and this is such a neat little project to do. Make it as unique as you want!

Source and Instructions: the36thavenue

Utensils Holder

If you’re like me, and most other people, you have the hardest time keeping scissors and other utensils in their place. This utensil holder is perfect for the things that you use most, and it helps you to keep everything organized and right where you need it. You just need some magnetic tape, and then you can create a strip for holding knives, scissors, and other metal utensils and make it as long or as short as you need it.

Source and Instructions: instructables

Spice Rack

I love cooking with all sorts of spices, and this magnetic spice rack makes it so easy to keep those spices tidy and organized. Plus, it frees up counter space, which is great if you have little space to begin with. The clear lids let you see exactly what spices are where, so you can grab them easily, and this is really a neat looking rack. It’s perfect for organizing and adding a bit of décor to your kitchen.

Source and Instructions: practicallyfunctional

Mini Magnetic Garden

This little mini garden makes use of magnets as well as those old wine corks that you have lying around. If you don’t have any leftover corks, you can pick them up at any craft store for just a few cents each. They make great little planters and the magnets hold them perfectly on the side of the fridge or wherever you want to plant them. You can use this garden for succulents or have a little mini herb garden right there in the kitchen.

Source and Instructions: itallstartedwithpaint

Beer Opener

Any man cave is going to need this cool magnetic beer bottle top storage system and opener. Not only does it keep your opener within reach, it gives you a great place to store those caps instead of having them sitting around on tables and counters. This is one of the easiest projects in the collection, and one of the handiest, too.

Source and Instructions: instructables

Beer Storage

So, we’ve covered what to do with those bottle tops, now how about storing beer to begin with? This beer storage is great and really helps you to save space in the fridge. You just have to adhere strong magnets to the top of the fridge and then the beer bottles will stick up there, freeing up space below.

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Tool Keeper

If you tend to like doing your own handyman (or handywoman) work, and you’re tired of small tools, nails, and screws getting lost, this DIY magnetic wristband is perfect. It keeps those smaller items right there where you need them. I think this would also be great for sewing needles and such, and it’s a really easy project that requires just a basic amount of sewing.

Source and Instructions: myalteredstate

Magnetic Dry Erase Wall

Whether you homeschool or not, having a dry erase wall is a great way to teach kids and to keep them occupied, particularly on rainy or cold days when they can’t get outdoors. This DIY dry erase wall is great, and so very easy to create. You’ll need a few supplies, mostly things you probably already have on hand. This is a great chalkboard alternative for homeschooling, and perfect for any child who likes to be creative.

Source and Instructions: instructables

Magnetic Legos

Kids love Legos and parents love it when they don’t get underfoot – literally. If you have a few small blocks around the house, and you want to turn them into something really fun for the kids, add small magnets. Kids will have hours of fun building and creating with these tiny magnetic blocks, and they’ll always be stuck to something other than your feet.

Source and Instructions: youclevermonkey

Car Storage

If your son has quite a few small cars, and you need to keep them off the floor and storage neatly, a magnetic strip is the perfect solution. You can put the strip on the back of his bedroom door, in the closet, or just anywhere you need it. It helps with room décor as well, and definitely gives you a storage solution for all those tiny little cars and trucks.

Source and Instructions: keepingupwiththesouths

Magnetic Pin Plate

Forget about pin cushions that make it easier for pins to push through and snare your fingers. This pin plate is a dream for sewers and really keeps those pins and needles from falling onto the floor or getting lost. This is the easiest of all projects and just requires you to have a plate on hand that you can use for your pin catcher. If you don’t have something, you can pick up a plate for a dollar or less at flea markets or yard sales.

Source and Instructions: sarahjanescraftblog

Bobby Pin Holder

This is the perfect idea for holding bobby pins. If your bathroom looks like bobby pin central, this strip of magnetic tape will keep those pins out of the way and best of all, right where they’re handy. Just put a strip of the tape on the backside of your medicine cabinet door and you have the perfect storage solution for bobby pins or hair barrettes.

Source and Instructions: sprwmn

Makeup Minder

This magnetic makeup board is perfect for keeping makeup organized and handy. If you have tons of makeup, this is a great way to keep your favorites right there where you need them. You just need a few magnets and a picture frame. This is such a neat way to display and store makeup and you can customize the matting behind it to match your current bathroom décor.

Jewelry Organizer

This jewelry organizer is really similar to the makeup one above, but you add your jewelry. Keep necklaces and bracelets off the dresser and keep them from getting lost or tangled. This is a great idea for little girls as well. You can keep all of your jewelry organized and make the organizer perfectly match your current bedroom décor.

Source and Instructions: organizingmadefun

Chore Minder

Keep chore lists perfectly organized by putting those magnets to use. You just have to make a list of what you want the kids to do and then use the magnets to display that list. Make a “to do” list on one side and a “done” list on the other. Kids can move their chore magnets over as they complete their chores.

Source and Instructions: lemonsqueezyhome

Aquarium Cleaner

You can use magnets to create a great cleaning tool for the aquarium, for those times when you really don’t have time to take out all the fish and clean it thoroughly. This little tool, complete with a sponge tip, will remove all that dirt and algae from the sides of the aquarium, and leave it sparkling clean until the next time.

Source and Instructions: lifehacker

Kids Cup Holder

If your kids tend to go through cup after cup after cup every day, this little trick will be a great project. Just add magnets to the cups and then use them to stick to the side of the fridge. That will be the cup that they use that day and when they’re finished with their drink, they just rinse it out and stick it back for the next time. Forget washing all those dishes over and over. This trick will save your time and your sanity.

Source and Instructions: adventuresinpinteresting2012

Lamp Shade Decoration

You can make removable lamp shade decorations with a bit of fabric and a few small magnets. Just create flowers, or whatever you want, from the fabric and use magnets to secure them to your lampshades. You can change them out whenever you feel like redecorating, and just store them all in a basket in the closet. This is a great way to change up decorations for the various holidays.

Source and Instructions: twelveoaksmanor

Fridge Storage

Okay, so maybe you don’t have room inside the fridge for storage, but you certainly have room on the outside. Take magnets and use them to keep your aluminum foil, plastic wrap, freezer bags, and other similar storage items on the side of the fridge. It will put them right where they are most handy and save you loads of room in your kitchen cabinets and drawers.
Once the boxes are empty, just remove the magnets and put them in a new box.

Source and Instructions: lifehacker

Refrigerator Tin Storage

Okay, so I know I’m all about refrigerator storage with this post, but there really is a lot of potential in using the side of the fridge for storing things, particularly with magnets. Here’s another great idea. Take old tins, which you can buy at the flea market or yard sales, and stick them to the fridge with small magnets. Use them for holding pens, pencils, or anything else that you need to keep handy in the kitchen.

Source and Instructions: aprettycoollife

Find magnets in 13 everyday objects

In everyday life, there are a lot of objects that use magnets. In fact, even if you can’t identify it directly or be aware of it, everything that works around you makes use of magnets and the magnetic field.

Magnets can be found in the simplest or most complex devices you use every day. From home appliances such as the refrigerator, microwave oven and electric fan, to your company’s office equipment such as computers and printers. All these devices use magnets.

In this sense, we will now look at 13 objects that use magnets and that we use in our daily lives.

Magnets in the bedroom

  • Duvet covers. Magnets are used in some duvet covers to keep them closed.
  • Hanging art. Hook magnets can be used to hang art from walls and posters. They can also be used to organize closets by hanging scarves, jewelry, belts, and more.
  • Bags and jewelry. Bags often incorporate magnets in closures. Magnetic closures are also used to make jewelry.
  • Television. All televisions have cathode ray tubes, or CRTs, and these have magnets inside. In fact, televisions specifically use electromagnets that direct the flow of energy to the corners, sides, and half of your television screen.
  • Doorbell. It’s not exactly in the bedroom, but the doorbell has magnets, and it may have several, and you’ll know it simply by listening to the amount of tones it produces. The bells also contain solenoids, which causes a spring-loaded piston to strike a bell. It happens twice, because when you release the button, the magnet passes underneath the piston and causes it to strike.

The kitchen is full of magnets

  • Microwave magnets. Microwave ovens use magnetrons consisting of magnets to generate electromagnetic waves that heat food.
  • Refrigerator doors. Refrigerators and freezers are sealed with a magnetic mechanism so they are easy to open from the inside.
  • Spice and knife rack. A magnetic spice rack with neodymium magnets is easy to make and useful for cleaning valuable counter space. Also a knife rack is excellent for organizing kitchen utensils.

More magnets in the office

  • Many cabinet doors are secured with magnetic latches against unintentional opening.
  • Computers use magnets in a variety of ways. First, the hard drive’s disk is covered with small magnets, which allow computers to store data. Then, CRT computer screens are produced as television screens and, of course, use electromagnets.
  • Organizing office supplies. Neodymium magnets are useful for organization. Metal office supplies such as clips and thumbtacks will stick to the magnet so they don’t move.

Magnets in the dining room?

  • Extendable tables. Extendable tables with additional pieces can use magnets to hold the table in place.
  • When you have an outdoor party, use magnets to keep the tablecloth in place. The magnets will prevent it from flying in the wind along with everything that sits on the table. Magnets also won’t damage the table with holes or tape residue.

Now, when you use one of these items that use magnets, you won’t do it the same way anymore, and you’ll probably be a little more attentive to identify the magnet on them. At IMA we have a wide variety of magnets and we can help you choose the one that best suits your needs. If you have any questions, ask us.

Things to Do with Neodymium Magnets

Where Can You Find Neodymium Magnets?

Before you can use them, you have to find them! As neodymium magnets are used for all kinds of purposes, you can find them throughout your home. Household neodymium magnets may be hiding in:

  • The clasps on handbags and jewelry
  • Duvet covers to hold them closed
  • Magnetic kitchen items (from spice racks and knife racks to fridge magnets)
  • Cabinet doors and door stoppers
  • Old computer parts
  • Office supply organizers like paperclip holders
  • Table cloths (to tuck them under the table)
  • Art that’s been hung on the wall.

If you can’t find any stray neodymium magnets around the house you can purchase neodymium magnets from Jobmaster Magnets.

Things to Do with Neodymium Magnets

Science Projects – Create a Motor

Neodymium magnets can be used in several fun science projects for kids and adults alike. One of the most popular is to create a magnetic motor (or homopolar motor) to demonstrate how basic motors work.

For this experiment you need a magnet, battery, wire with protective sheath, and a screw.

Here’s what you do:

  1. Remove a bit of the sheath from each end of the wire, exposing the copper.
  2. Place your magnet on the head of the screw.
  3. Touch the tip of the screw to the battery, either side will do.
  4. Touch the wire to the other end of the battery, holding it with your finger.
  5. Gently touch the free end of the wire to the side of the magnet.
  6. The magnet and screw should spin.

DIY Home Projects

Neodymium magnets can also be used for very practical purposes. If you’re doing a home project and need to find a stud in the wall, you can lightly drag a magnet along the wall until it finds a nail head.

That’s where the stud must be.

Leave the magnet on the wall as a guide. Now you’re free to hang your shelf or painting without worrying about losing the stud.

Home Décor Projects

You can use neodymium magnets to hang artwork on your fridge or your walls. Or, you could make the fridge magnets the project! Create a small object out of clay or plaster. Allow it to dry, and paint or seal it. Then attach the magnet to the back with glue. Voila, you have a personalized fridge magnet.

You’ll never run out of things to do with neodymium magnets. If you need more magnets for science experiments or projects, contact us at Job Master Magnets to order neodymium magnets.