DIY Creative Magnetic Hooks

In this tutorial we’ll show you how to create a creative magnetic hook in a few simple steps. These personalized magnetic hooks can be used on fridge, car, and more. It’s also a cool decoration for your home or office. Free templates for this project can be downloaded here.

How to Make a Creative Magnetic Hook in 5 Easy Steps

There are 5 basic steps to this project. Watch the video to see how it’s done and follow along with the detailed instructions below.

Step 1
Assemble your materials
Step 2
Get your image ready
Step 3
Prepare the foam
Step 4
Install the magnet and the hook
Step 5
Apply the image to the foam
Step 1
Assemble your materials

You will need the following materials for this project:

  • EVA foam sheet (1/4in or 6mm thick)
  • Scissors
  • Pliers
  • Jumbo paper clips or aluminum wire
  • Ruler
  • Utility knife or x-acto
  • Magnets (Neodymium magnets recommended)
  • Clear adhesive vinyl sheets or packing tape
  • Double-sided tape
  • Hot glue gun
  • Crayon or marker
  • Cutting mat
  • Printed design
Step 2
Get your image ready
  • Download a free trial of Corel PaintShop Pro here
  • Download the free templates provided in this project or create your own design
  • Print your design out on a regular paper
  • Carefully apply the vinyl sheet over the image. Ensure the vinyl covers the entire image to protect it. For a smaller image, you can also use packing tape to secure the image.
  • Now using a ruler or credit card to smooth the vinyl sheet on the image. Smooth out any bubbles.
  • Cut the image out with scissors.
Step 3
Prepare the foam
  • Place the cut-out image on the EVA foam sheet
  • Use a marker or crayon to trace the outline of the design onto the piece of EVA foam
  • Carefully cut out the piece along the lines you traced using a utility knife or X-acto
  • Hold the foam down with your other hand and try to cut all the way through slowly
  • Make sure your blade is sharp otherwise it will leave jagged edges
Step 4
Install the magnet and the hook
  • Straighten a paper clip (or aluminum wire) with your hands or pliers
  • Then bend it to a U shape so the 2 ends are about the same length
  • Now stick and insert the paper clip into the foam from the bottom edge
  • Work on one end at a time and have both ends inserted into the foam
  • Leaving > 1.5 inch (4.5 cm) of the paper clip outside of the foam to be a hook
  • Cut out a hole in the foam so a magnet can fit into it
  • Use the hot glue gun to apply a small amount of glue to the hole then press the magnet into the hole.
Step 5
Apply the image to the foam
  • Turn over the foam and apply some double-sided tape onto it
  • Now stick the image onto the foam
  • Bend the paper clip into a hook shape and…Done!

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