You know those alphabet magnets you used to see everywhere? You know the ones I’m talking about… they come in primary colors and people like to put them on their fridge doors. Kids love them. And I totally get why! They’re fun to play with, and you can leave messages for people – funny ones, sweet ones, short ones, long ones… You get my point. My only beef with those magnets? They seem to only come in primary colors. I, my friends, am no fan of primary colors. Can you tell I don’t have kids yet?
So this was my fix for these fun little magnets: spray paint them!
They’re still fun, colorful, and not too precious, so they can still be used for fun if you do happen to have kids but don’t love those primary colors!
This is a super simple DIY, and you don’t need very much to make this happen.
The magnets are easy to find – you can probably find them at a local department store, especially now that it’s ‘back to school’ time for most of us! The spray paints I chose were based on color – hot pink and copper. I love the combo!
Pick Your Own Trendy Hues
I got both the caps and lowercase versions of the letters to make them a little different. Start with either set, and lay them out on a flat surface to be painted like so:
Now get spraying, my friends! I did one set at a time because there’s no need to set up too many tiny letters and get the spray paint out all at once!
Let your copper letters dry – don’t they look amazing already?
Now get started on the lowercase letters. Lay them out just the same way. Working outdoors is ideal for spray painting for two reasons: you don’t have to worry about ventilation and there’s no cleanup! I just let the grass grow and the weird colors go away when it gets cut!
The fluorescent spray paint acts a little differently from the metallic one. This was a lesson I needed to learn, since it was my first time using this kind of paint. It’s much thinner than the metallics, and therefore runnier! These letters needed about 4 coats, whereas the copper ones only took 2!
See how much thicker the pink letters look? I really had to get in there and lay the paint on thick, because it would just run down the sides and the color underneath was peeking through. It also took about 10 times longer for these to dry – that’s no exaggeration!
Say It Out Loud!
Once everything is dry and set, get these babies up on your fridge!
As you can see, I have my priorities straight and started making a grocery list right away! Isn’t ice cream at the top of everyone’s list?
Like I said before, these are also great for leaving little notes to your family.
I love mixing up the colors, and that I get to mix uppercase and lowercase letters to create more colorful messages. How about a sweet little reminder before you grab the milk for your morning coffee?
Or have the whole family contribute to the grocery list, maybe by adding in things that are missing from the fridge?
Whatever you use these for, they will be sure to bring a little joy to your life, because they look great and can be used for so many fun things! Think of the possibilities… and hey, these would be great in an office too, so don’t feel limited to your kitchen fridge! Any metal surface could use a little sprucing up with some cute magnets, right?