Magnetic picture frames - after

Magnetic picture frames - before

Instead of chucking these old mismatched frames, I painted them all the same color, attached magnets, and gave them a whole new life. If only I could give this 1980s fridge a new lifeā€”in the junkyard.

How to make magnetic picture frames



  • small paint brush
  • putty knife
  • drill and 1/4-inch drill bit
  • hot glue gun and glue

1. Remove the backs, glass, etc. from the frames. Set aside. Apply 1-2 coats of primer on each of the frames. Apply 2-3 coats of paint. Let dry about 30 minutes in between each coat. Let the paint dry overnight.

2. While you’re waiting for the paint to dry, remove and discard the easels. Wedge a putty knife under the edge and work it back and forth. The easel should come easily with minimal damage to the cardboard backing.

3. Drill two shallow holes in the top and bottom of the back each frame. Insert the magnets into the holes so that the surface of the magnet is flush with the frame. Most of the magnets will fit snugly enough to secure them. If any come loose, apply a dab of hot glue in the hole before reinserting the magnet.

4. Replace the glass, insert the photo, and reattach the original backing. Stick them on ony metal surface. (Using four of these strong magnets on each frame keeps them securely affixed, even when the refrigerator door gets slammed.)