Brooches For Magnets

Published July 19, 2012

Add a little sparkle this post holiday season to your kitchen or workspace with some simple, sparkly magnets.

Antique brooches are often found at flea markets and garage sales. Look for assorted sizes and shapes with easily removable backings.

These little beauties are easy to make and can be used for memo boards and your refrigerator. The little magnets may be found in craft stores such as Michaels or other hardware outlets.

Use caution when removing the pin backings so as to avoid any injuries.



  • Antique brooches or old costume jewellery
  • Needle nose pliers
  • Glue and glue gun
  • Miniature magnets
  • Newspaper


Clear a workspace and lay out the newspaper.  Carefully remove the pin and backing from the brooch using the needle nose pliers. You may have to use a small knife to pry off the pin backing if the pliers are not strong enough.

Heat up the glue gun and apply a small dab of glue on the backside of the brooch. Attach the miniature magnet and let dry.

Display these on your fridge with photographs and reminder notes.

Alternatively you can use other small, decorative items such as seashells or large glass marbles. All kinds of items may be used for this application and they make great gift ideas for family and friends.