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Letter Ornaments From Former Fridge Magnets

Do you have an excess of plastic magnet letters that you don’t know what to do with? Turn them into these metallic letter ornaments!

Do you have an excess of plastic magnet letters that you don't know what to do with? Turn them into these metallic DIY ornaments!Hello! This is Amy from Maker Mama back with another fun, upcycled Christmas craft! I found a giant bag of magnetic letters at the thrift store a while back, and I’ve been looking for a fun new way to use them.

I love the idea of spray painting them all one color, and today I’m taking it to a new level with these metallic letter ornaments. You can make them in your favorite holiday-inspired words, or make one in each of your kids’ names–read on to find out how!

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DIY Letter Ornaments

To make your ornaments you’ll need:

  • plastic alphabet letters
  • super glue for plastic (I found the bonding system above at Home Depot)
  • spray paint primer
  • spray paint color of choice
  • some wire or string to create a hanger for your ornament (not pictured)

alphabet-ornament5You’ll want to decide where to glue your letters together beforehand, and be sure to follow the instructions for the super glue you’re using.

The plastic super glue bonding kit I used was a two-part system which required marking the two places I was gluing with a marker-like pen, then squeezing a little bit of glue on to just one of the sides.

And I do recommend super glue; I tried using my hot glue gun first and it just wasn’t staying together and left a big blob of glue. Hold your pieces together tightly on a flat surface for 30 seconds–keeping them flat will help everything lay even when it hangs.

alphabet-ornament6The first two letters are looking good! The next steps are to prime and paint your letters (now a word) on all sides. This is a bit tedious, but you can do it in batches if you make several of them.

alphabet-ornament7When you’re done with spray painting, attach your wire or string. Wire is a little more forgiving if you can’t find an even and inconspicuous place to string it. Or if your letters have all their magnets, you can try them out on your fridge instead.

Do you have an excess of plastic magnet letters that you don't know what to do with? Turn them into these metallic DIY ornaments!Now you can add all the words to your favorite Christmas carol to your tree this year! Which words would you make?

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