Repurposing Garbage Into Magnets

OJ Lid Finished

Repurposing everyday items is a hoot, and even neater when you pull it out of the garbage and make something adorable.  Orange juice is a standard household item around our house, and I will never again throw out the top of an OJ container every again, rather I will repurpose it into a magnet!

OJ Lid Mod Podge1

The nice lip around the OJ lid gives your magnet a wonderful finished look, and the lid itself is light which is a perfect fit for a fridge magnet.  Obviously, you need to clean the lid first with soap and water, but you can lick the frozen OJ off the lid before you do so if you wish.  LOL 

OJ Lid2

Next, take out your Mod Podge and apply a nice layer to the lid and spread it around with your foam brush.  By now, I hope you have found a nice piece of artwork or a photo that you want to use for your magnet and have cut it out into a 2 1/2″ circle on card stock paper.  Place your artwork  on top of the Mod Podged OJ lid, and press down to remove any air bubbles.  Let it dry.

OJ Lid4

Next, apply a layer of Mod Podge on top of your artwork with your foam brush and let that dry.  (as you can see from the above photo, you can see the foam brush strokes)  To make your new magnet get that completed look, apply a layer of Mod Podge Dimensional Magic to the top and do not shake the bottle either as that will produce air bubbles.  If you see any air bubbles on top of your magnet, pop them quickly before the Dimensional Magic dries.  (after your Dimensional Magic dries, you won’t see any brush strokes)

OJ Lid6

Now, turn your OJ lid over and use your hot glue gun to attach a magnet to the back of the lid.  Let it dry.   

OJ Lid5

There you have it!  A lightweight repurposed household item that would have normally been thrown away, has now been transformed into an adorable fridge magnet.  You might want to re-examine what you throw out because you might find some other uses for it!   (IE:  Side note – For example, you can use a tuna can as the bottom of a $1 glass hurricane vase, add candle!)

Piece of trash.  Repurposed.  Cool magnet.

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13 thoughts on “Repurposing Garbage Into Magnets

    • So glad you like the idea! And, with all the awesome photographs that you have taken, this idea would be great for them! I will never look at an OJ can the same way again! 🙂

  1. OK, you lick the lid then mod podge..best do that in the right order. Very clever Martha, or I mean Valerie. That might be a cute way to save your kids art work too….Maybe the kitties will make something for daddy for christmas. At our zoo in Edmonton, they let the penguins walk thru paint, then on art paper. Then they frame it and charge a fortune (it all goes back to the zoo, so it’s a good cause).

    • That’s cool about the penguins, never heard of anything like that before! Heck, if they can make money off a penguin, then perhaps I could make some moola from a bunch of dogs paint covered footprints! LOL Anyhow, back to the OJ lid, maybe perhaps it is just me that does this, but everytime I take the lid off the frozen OJ container, it always has some frozen OJ stuck to it, so I lick it! LOL Maybe I am just the weird one? But yes, the answer to your question is first lick the OJ lid, then cover it in Mod Podge. Just for clarification.

    • Hi Beth! Holy cow, saving these for years? You’ve got a supply going on for sure. Get em out and create some awesome magnets as Christmas gifts or stocking stuffers! Hey, here’s an idea for you: Get your circle punch out and punch out M, T, W, T, F, S, S for the days of the week and you can use them on your fridge for weekly reminders! What do you think?

    • Thanks! I will never look at an OJ lid the same again! I can see it now, the whole fridge covered up with OJ lids in a few months! And…you could use an OJ lid as a “Gift Tag” too with photo’s on them!

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