Decoupage Paint Stick Magnets

Cover paint sticks with paper and decoupage and turn them into a magnet set for your refrigerator or message board.  I made a set using old maps and travel inspired scrapbook paper for my kitchen update.  I made an extra set as a house warming gift for my cousin, while I was at it.  I went with a travel theme, but of course, one could get daring and use any kind of paper to make up a set of these magnets.  I’ve decoupaged storage boxes, lazy susans and faux canvas photo frames, but I’m pretty sure that this is the easiest decoupage project of have done, to date… and you would probably agree!

Decoupage Paint Stick Magnets @ StowandTellU

 How to make decoupage paint stick magnets

decoupage paint stick magnet supplies


Maps, scrapbook or wrapping paper

Paint sticks

Magnets (I went with heavy duty ones)

Decoupage (I used Mod Podge Matte)

Hot glue gun

Sponge craft brush

Optional – foam or chipboard letters (make sure they are the right size)Decoupage Paint Stick Magnets - StowandTellU

Lay paint stick down on the back side of your paper and measure ¼” to ½” around.  If you use 12” x 12” scrapbook paper, than you will only need to do this for the sides.  Paints sticks are usually 12” long, so the ends will be even up with the length of the paper.

Apply decoupage to one side of the paint stick, to the paper, and then center and lay down paint stick.

cut slits and wrap around paint stick

Cut out the four corners on the paper (skip this step if you have 12” x 12” scrapbook paper); and then cut slits near the divot in the paint stick and on the ends.

Apply more decoupage to paper and paint stick and wrap the paper around the back side of the paint stick starting with the divot and ends first, and then the rest of the paper.

Apply a coat of decoupage over the backside and smooth with your finger, especially near the divot and ends.  Use a little water on your finger if you need to.  Let dry.

Flip paint stick to front side and apply a coat of decoupage, smooth and let dry.

Add foam or chip board letters if you would like.

Hot glue magnets to back side.  I used three or four per paint stick.

Decoupage Paint Stick Magnets-StowandTellU


Decoupage Paint Stick Magnets - StowandTellU

Removing the hodge podge of magnets from my fridge and replacing them with these paint stick magnets has helped me de-clutter my usually-much-avoided message station.  Less distraction, know what I mean?   That house warming party isn’t until mid-August.  I’m not going to wish any time away, but at least now I have a gift ready to go!

How many different types of magnets do you have on your fridge at the moment?

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40 Responses to Decoupage Paint Stick Magnets

  1. Danni@SiloHillFarm August 2, 2013 at 9:41 am #

    Oh my Gosh!! Love these! This is my favorite project of yours yet! You’ve given me a great idea!

  2. Vicky August 2, 2013 at 6:18 pm #

    You always turn ordinary things into fabulous, creative projects! Love these!

  3. Anne August 2, 2013 at 9:09 pm #

    So cute! Amy I love these!!!

  4. Debbie-Dabble August 3, 2013 at 2:51 pm #

    What a totally delightful idea!!

    Thanks so much for stopping by and for your kind comment!!


  5. Shanna Gilbert August 4, 2013 at 10:27 pm #

    Such a cool idea Amy! Love it!

  6. heather f August 5, 2013 at 11:59 am #

    Amy, I really love this idea! I think my kids would have fun and it would give my fridge some style!

  7. Mel August 5, 2013 at 6:46 pm #

    I love these! You’re so clever! Do you know you have to buy them here, I heard you get them for free over there…jealous! 🙂

    • Mel August 25, 2013 at 5:06 am #

      Thanks for linking your awesome magnets 🙂

      • Amy August 25, 2013 at 7:19 am #

        You’re welcome, Mel. Great party!

  8. Megin August 19, 2013 at 2:21 pm #

    These are really neat, Amy. I love the vintage feel. They are like little mini pallet art!
    Thank you for sharing on DIY Showcase this week.
    ~ Megin of VMG206

    • Amy August 19, 2013 at 10:09 pm #

      Thank you, Megin, for hosting. These were on the easy side, and coming in pretty handy, too!

  9. Cindy Eikenberg August 20, 2013 at 5:49 am #

    Amy, I love how these look and what a great idea! I had to smile when I read your post, because recently I had to replace my fridge – the old one was so covered with magnets, you couldn’t really tell there was a refrigerator under them! 🙂 I don’t have anything on my new fridge, but this looks neat and chic! Thank you so much for sharing – pinning and sharing on my FB page today! Have a happy Tuesday!

    • Amy August 20, 2013 at 6:28 pm #

      Hi Cindy! I’m so glad you like them, they were super easy to make, and look pretty cool no matter the paper. Thank you for sharing. I pinned and shared your pretty ribbon gift wrap on my fb page, too:)

  10. Megan @ Our Pinteresting Family August 23, 2013 at 6:59 pm #

    What a creative idea! They turned out so pretty. Found you through Mel’s link party. 🙂

    • Amy August 24, 2013 at 9:23 am #

      Thank you, Megan, for stopping by ~ Amy

  11. Donna Wilkes August 23, 2013 at 7:05 pm #

    Cute, clever, and creative!

    • Amy August 24, 2013 at 9:24 am #

      Thank you, Donna 🙂

  12. Denise... on a whim August 24, 2013 at 10:31 am #

    I just saw these featured at the Sunday Showcase and i think they’re great! Fantastic idea 🙂

    • Amy August 25, 2013 at 7:17 am #

      I tend to want to complicate things sometimes, but these were super easy to make! Thanks for stopping by ~ Amy

  13. Jen @ PinkWhen August 29, 2013 at 12:42 pm #

    These are SOOOOO cool!!! I L.O.V.E. them!

    • Amy August 30, 2013 at 7:45 pm #

      Thanks so much, Jen 🙂

  14. gemma August 30, 2013 at 12:38 am #

    me encanta queda precioso y es una idea genial, voy ha hacer alguno para la habitacion de mi hijo que le encantan los mapas del mundo.

    • Amy August 30, 2013 at 7:53 pm #

      De nada, Gemma. Yo espera que su hijo se le gusta!

  15. doreen October 10, 2013 at 12:47 am #

    Such a great idea and re-use of paint sticks. I’m a huge decoupager (is that a word?). Love the different themes you can use for these. So now, in addition to paint chips, we can start adding paint sticks to our stash collection!
    Now following you here on Twitter & FB! (I found you via Inspiration for Moms linky party.)


    • Amy October 10, 2013 at 9:54 pm #

      Maybe we both belong in Huge Decoupagers Anonymous?? I can’t stop using it! Next might be paint can’s, who knows. Thanks for stopping by from Inspiration for Mom’s link party. Nice meeting you ~ Amy

  16. Paula@SweetPea October 11, 2013 at 1:12 pm #

    I never would have thought to create a magnet from a paintstick. I’m a teacher and can think of so many creative uses for these in my classroom. Thanks so much for sharing with this week’s Throwback Thursday party.

    • Amy October 12, 2013 at 7:06 am #

      Thank you for stopping by, and for hosting Throwback Thursday!!

  17. Sharon October 12, 2013 at 2:02 am #

    Amy, I just saw this project at the Throwback Thursday link party and had to come check it out.

    What an ingenious idea…and super cute.

  18. Jen @ Girl in the Garage October 16, 2013 at 7:54 pm #

    I love these Amy! Congrats on your feature at Throwback Thursday! 🙂

  19. Cheryl April 26, 2015 at 7:17 pm #

    I love this idea!! Would never have thought of this, now I want to make some! Thanks for sharing!!


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