One of my very favorite DIYs from the archives are my pom pom magnets. I clearly remember how that project snuck up on me: I was browsing the craft store shelves feeling very hot and very uninspired and like I would never be cold again. But those neon pom poms were just the thing I needed to perk up the afternoon and I’ve used them to dress up my home office ever since.
Once you’ve started making your own magnets it’s a little bit hard to stop. I mean, really, you can stick ANYTHING on a magnet and call it a day. I had some good ideas (matchbooks! vintage souvenir keychains!) and some bad ideas (VHS tapes. sunglasses.), but the very BEST idea? DIY succulent magnets!
I was having a Twitter conversation with some girlfriends who were talking about the design trend of paining live succulents and how it kills the plant because it’s basically suffocating them. Oof- glad I never tried that one! Then one of them (who happens to be an AMAZING florist) mentioned that you could buy artificial succulents to paint and it was as though MY WHOLE LIFE CHANGED. Artificial succulents? Yes, PLEASE.
All you’ll need for each set of six DIY magnets:
- 6 mini artificial succulents (about 1 inch size)
- 6 1-inch wooden heart or circle disks
- 6 3/4-inch magnets
- your favorite glue
(Again: hot glue is GREAT for this, but I kind of like the feeling in my fingertips.)
From here, it’s just a matter of assembly.
First, glue each succulent onto a wooden disk and let dry. I kept an eye on mine while they dried so that I could make sure they stood upright- this task is definitely easier if you use hot glue!
Add a dot of glue to each magnet.
Glue the wooden disk right onto the magnet and press firmly to adhere well. Let dry.
That’s it! I waited overnight for maximum durability and plopped them up on my fridge. Just like my pom pom magnets, these are TOTAL day brighteners.