animal magnets • A Subtle Revelry

animal magnets

Looking for a more affordable way to give this gift to my holiday hosts, I came up with a very easy way to make an entire bunch of adorable animal magnets for giving this season. They are quite happy to look at and will make the notes of shopping and dinner preparations even more pleasant reminders.

These magnets are super easy to make. Purchase a pile of children’s animal toys and grab a can of spray paint in your favorite color. Cut each animal in half (a simple kitchen knife works just fine for this). Spray paint the animals in the color you’ve chosen. After the animals are dry stick an adhesive magnet onto the back of each animal. I used hot glue to top the adhesive for an extra strong grip.

Gift a pair together as a thank you for dinner, or a whole set with a stack of pretty note taking paper for an extra special host.



  1. This is such a fun and funny idea! I honestly want to just make some for myself :)

  2. These are precious and what a good gift idea! :)

  3. Emily

    2 December

    How adorable and thoughtfully clever! I love it!


  4. Marie

    2 December

    This is a really cool idea :) The photo of the leopard (or tiger? or jaguar?) getting cut in half made me laugh out loud. It looks like a still from a crazy Godzilla-era movie. So funny!

  5. Gloria

    2 December

    Haha that last photo makes me yell “Noooo!”, but the end result is totally worth it :-)

  6. jenny @ Hank + Hunt

    2 December

    OMG! I love this idea!!!! I am so making these!

  7. Amanda

    2 December

    Hilarious! Thanks for a new use for those little toys my kids NEVER play with.

  8. Lena

    2 December

    These are awesome, and that last photo is just cracking me up!

  9. Stephie

    2 December

    So much fun Victoria – that last photo is a scream – I love it!

    Hugs, Stephie x

  10. Josie

    2 December

    Ha, these are brilliant!

  11. What an unbelievably great idea! Talk about thinking outside the box :)

  12. Liz Stanley

    4 December

    love! how clever cutting them in half too

  13. Amy Powell

    5 December

    These are just adorable!

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  15. Chantelle

    12 January

    Totally love these and keep thinking about them even though this post is from over a month ago. Also did a post about them today on my blog :)

    Thanks for keeping me inspired to craft!!!

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  17. Erin

    6 December

    Hi! I am also making the same animal magnets. I was wondering what type of magnets you glued to the back. The magnet strip I bought at Michaels does not hold up anything! Thanks.

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