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Container Magnets




Give pretty spice or candy containers a new life in seconds by turning them into refrigerator magnets. Place a small, powerful magnet inside the back of an empty tin, which makes the tin itself magnetic. (Nonmetallic containers will work if you stick an adhesive magnet on the outside.)


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Martha Stewart Living, March 2011



Reviews (11)

  • Andreita 28 Feb, 2013

    I have some perfect containers that will work...will be doing this craft! :)

  • tealeaver 6 Aug, 2012

    JohannaB, World Market sells these in their candy section, the lime green one. I have had one on my refrigerator for several years, and was just in there 2 days ago, and they have 2 different choices

  • Mimiart 5 Aug, 2012

    Love this! I'm doing it.

  • MissMary333 7 Jan, 2012

    Yes! So glad this was featured! I attend auctions regularly & quite often they have lots of really beautiful old tins with very interesting & elaborate graphics. I just never knew what I'd do them, & would space out during that portion of the sale. I'll definitely be paying attention & hopefully scoring some tins perfect for this. Thanks Martha & Team!!

  • Orliea 7 Jan, 2012

    Watkins spices come in great containers to use on the project.

  • evergreenil 2 Apr, 2011

    You can also use the lids to make a dramatic look. Simply hot glue a strong magnet to the inside of the lid. Depending up the depth of the lid, stack strong round magnets or one thick magnet on the refrigerator door. Voila, a functional, attractive and matching piece of art to your can.

  • dollfriend 1 Apr, 2011

    When I first saw this, on one of the craft sites, I immediately went and got the one small tin I still had (I used to collect tins, but I gave most of them away years ago.) and stuck a magnet on it. It's stuck to my refrigerator, with a pencil

  • MarthaStewart101647 1 Apr, 2011

    What a great idea! I love the graphic impact these containers have and the bonus is, they are useful. Ebay always has tins for sale. I found a great paprika tin in the back of my own cabinet. Kudos for this!

  • glosdesk 1 Apr, 2011

    I love this idea. Just a thought re: finding vintage cans, Antique Shops. I've always seen them there but never thought of a use. Thanks Martha! :)

  • JohannaB 1 Apr, 2011

    If anyone has ideas on where to score some cute little cans to use in this project please share.

  • teahmeah 1 Apr, 2011

    That looks really cool - now if I can only find cute cans to use and a refridgerator they will stick too.