Photo Magnets


All you need is a printer and some magnets to create these photo magnets. Use them as DIY gifts or a way to celebrate memories.

Hello! I’m Amy and I blog over at I have always loved photography and photo projects. Over the years, I’ve created a number of things with photos.

3 photo magnets with colored borders next to a US capitol magnet.

I love to have photos of our family all over the house. Did you know kids that grow up in homes that have family photos displayed have more confidence and self-esteem? That’s reason enough to make these!

How to Make Photo magnets

These photo magnets are extremely easy to make and can be whipped up in only a few minutes.

What you need: 

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Photo magnet Tips

It’s so easy to make homemade magnets from pictures you take! Here are a few tips to help ya out.

What Are The Best Magnets To Use In Crafts?

There are multiple types of magnets that would work for this project, and each one is going to have its pros and cons. I personally went with the strips.

Magnetic adhesive strips packaging

There are also magnets that come in sheets and could cover the whole back of the photo. But I didn’t think these were particularly strong magnets.

Long magnetic strip next to 3 cut magnetic strips

I like to use magnets on the fridge to hold up papers, especially the spelling words and some homework the kids bring home. So I wanted a strong magnet.

The strips seemed to be the strongest option, and they are self-adhesive!

the back small square pictures with a magnetic strip in the center

What Size Photos Are Best For Magnets?

This is going to depend on what the end goal is. Most fridge magnets are on the smaller side.

photo magnets of different sizes with colored borders next to a US capitol magnet and a carnival magnet

I played around with a few different sizes. Anything smaller than 2 inches is too small, and anything over 4 inches is too big. I think the ideal size is 2.5 inches. I like the square look, so I went with 2.5 x 2.5 for my magnets. Again, they could definitely be made bigger or smaller.

photo paper or cardstock?

I personally prefer cardstock. It’s thicker, doesn’t show fingerprints, and is cheaper than photo paper.

If you want a glossy look, then use photo paper. Otherwise, use cardstock.

How to get a color border

I love adding color to my house whenever possible. Canva has border frames for pictures. You can use Canva for free, and it’s a pretty easy program to figure out.

3 photo magnets with colored borders next to a US capitol magnet.

Just add the frames with the borders, drop in your photo, and then change the frame color to whatever color you want. You can pick them to all be one color or multiple colors. Or if you just want a photo, do away with the border altogether.

I love how much this project can be changed to fit your personal style and taste, but the steps are all the same!

3 photo magnets with colored borders next to a carnival magnet.

Photo Magnets

Easy way to turn your favorite photos into magnets for the fridge!
Work Time20 minutes
Total Time20 minutes
Keyword: magnets, photo
Author: Amy Lanham
Cost: $5


  • 1 Pair of scissors
  • Photo Editing for sizing, can use photoshop, canva, etc


  • 6 strips Magnets
  • 3 sheets Cardstock or Photo paper


  • Use a photo editing software to size your photos and add a border if wanted.
  • Print out your photos on cardstock or photo paper, cut out.
  • Cut the strips of magnets into three pieces if photos are under 3 inches and 2 pieces if over 3 inches.
  • Use the adhesive on the magnets to adhere one magnet onto the middle of the back of each picture. Stick on fridge!
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