TUTORIAL: fridge magnet cups

by Dana on June 18, 2012

I honestly don’t know why these aren’t mass produced in stores.
Maybe they are?
I just don’t know about them?

But if my friend Katherine could bank on the idea, she’d totally be rich.

She was tired of her girls asking for a drink of water every two seconds and pulling new cups out of the cupboard. So she thought…why not make cups that stick on the fridge?  They can grab a cup, get their own water, then stick it back in the same spot.
BRILLIANT.

Then she told me about it.  And I asked if I could share the project with you guys, since our kitchen definitely needed FMCs (fridge magnet cups).
(too much?)
(totally).
Here’s what you do:

 
 

A few notes and pointers:
• Always take precaution when using magnets around kids. I’ve seen too many stories on the news about kids swallowing magnets….which is why I went with these larger ones.
• If you’re worried about kids prying the magnets off, you might try Super Glue instead of hot glue.  BUT, I did a test and tried to pry off one of the dried magnets (okay, I was really trying to fix a misplaced magnet. It’s true)….and it was really hard to get off.  I had to use a butter knife and applied a lot of pressure to pop that thing off.  So I’m not worried about that at all.
• Katherine glued her magnets to the bottom of the cups.  She used tiny magnets and sealed them completely in hot glue so the kids can’t pick at them at all.  Do whatever works for you.
• I found that two magnets work better than just one since the cup sides are angled.
• Allow about 10 minutes for the glue to dry/cool completely before sticking them on the fridge.
• I’ve only hand-washed the magnet cups but I assume you could run them through the dishwasher. 

And that’s it!

Our kitchen feels complete.
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1 Leslie June 18, 2012 at 1:06 pm

I love this idea! Thanks!!

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2 katie vos June 18, 2012 at 1:06 pm

great idea cant wait to try it my self

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3 Anne-Laure R June 18, 2012 at 1:07 pm

It is a great idea!! c’est une superbe idée!!

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4 Robin @ tansydolls.blogspot.com June 18, 2012 at 1:14 pm

Brilliant! How come I’ve never thought of this!?!

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5 Naoni June 18, 2012 at 1:19 pm

Oh I love this. But we have the Cabinet covered fridge so now I’m thinking the magnet board handing to the side how fab!!!
Thanks!

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6 Jen June 18, 2012 at 1:29 pm

I was seriously thinking about do this today, too funny!

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7 Kasey @ The Beautiful Thrifty Life June 18, 2012 at 1:30 pm

The only thing I would worry about is the hot glue getting too hot again in the dishwasher and melting…not sure how hot the dishwasher gets, but I think it might be hot enough to soften them at least.

I am totally pinning this idea, btw. I am tired of having 50 million cups all over my kitchen counters!

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8 Andrea June 18, 2012 at 6:02 pm

I agree. There was a stick of hot glue that my hubbs thought was a straw and he put it in the dishwasher. It took a little while but it melted through our utensil holder. I bet if you did wash it in the dishwasher I would probably do top rack only and maybe not do the dry setting. Or an idea would be epoxy, not sure if that would work, but I know epoxy is forever.

Pinning as well!

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9 Michelle September 16, 2012 at 1:11 pm

That or try the “high temp” hot glue!?! It’s supposed to have a higher melting temp??

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10 Luster Canyon June 18, 2012 at 1:32 pm

Genius!

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11 Shannon C. June 18, 2012 at 1:33 pm

Love, love, love it!

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12 Pippin June 18, 2012 at 1:36 pm

In your tutorials and photos we always see glimpses of your cute house. Can we see more? Photo tour please! I know it is full of great DIY ideas :)

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13 Kate June 18, 2012 at 4:54 pm

I second Pippin’s idea! Right now I’m totally inspired by your two-toned cabinets. Love them!

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14 Lindsey June 18, 2012 at 6:51 pm

I actually copied your kitchen when we decided to reapaint our cabinets, everyone LOVES the grey and white combo. We have yellow pops everywhere for a little color. I would love to see more of your house!

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15 Lauralee June 19, 2012 at 12:57 pm

I’m loving that orange fabric on the chairs! LOVE it!

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16 Rochelle June 18, 2012 at 1:36 pm

great idea!

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17 Anne June 18, 2012 at 1:36 pm

What a fun idea!

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18 Kellie June 18, 2012 at 1:37 pm

Awesome idea!!

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19 Eva Scott June 18, 2012 at 1:39 pm

What a fantastic idea!!

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20 Dolores McCune June 18, 2012 at 1:41 pm

UR friend should patent this idea cuz I think all moms would buy. Manufacture a magnetic cup on the inside so that it’s washable and magnets can’t be pulled off.

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21 michelle January 14, 2014 at 2:44 pm

The magnets on a drink holder is already parented by my husband. Do a search and get a good patent attorney if you plan to move forward. No one says you can’t DIY. You just just can’t earn money off of it. This is a great idea for kids cups.

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22 Disney June 18, 2012 at 1:43 pm

Seriously, whoa. That is the best idea I’ve seen in a long time!

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23 Danielle Daniels June 18, 2012 at 2:07 pm

I’m currently 3 months pregnant with twins and already have a 3 yr old, you just SAVED. MY. LIFE!!! It never fails, the 3 yr old needs a drink as soon as I sit down! Problem solved!! THANK YOU!!!

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24 Joy June 18, 2012 at 2:07 pm

This is such a great idea!! Except it’s making me hate our stainless steel fridge all the more. Seriously, who decided stainless steel appliances were a good idea?? We are currently renting (military family that will be moving again fairly soon, at least), but when I get to choose, my fridge WILL be one you can stick magnets on!! :-)

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25 ashley June 30, 2012 at 9:41 pm

Some are magnetic on the side, any chance you’ve tried that??

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26 Kylie June 18, 2012 at 3:07 pm

A local single dad started his own line of these. They are really cool, and the magnet is embedded in the cup so there is no way for kids to get to it. But this is a great way to do it yourself! Thanks!

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27 BluBabesCreate June 18, 2012 at 3:38 pm

Oh my dang, ’tis the season, gotta do this one.

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28 Sahara June 18, 2012 at 3:39 pm

I’m with Katie, I think the hot glue would soften up enough in the dishwasher that I’d be reluctant to put them in it. But handwashing a couple water glasses isn’t a big deal, not like they’re getting crusty milk on them and stuff :)

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29 charlie June 18, 2012 at 3:40 pm

best. idea. ever.

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30 Carolina June 18, 2012 at 3:40 pm

Genius!

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31 Kati June 18, 2012 at 3:46 pm

Great idea. I was thinking you were making them to store pens/chore popsicle sticks or something! :)

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32 Cristin Vosburgh June 18, 2012 at 3:57 pm

freakin’ genious!! my kids do the SAME thing….one million cups a day with water! this will be FUN for him and I know he’ll love it! my little one will need help, but I know she’s gonna dig it too!

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33 Leigh Anne June 18, 2012 at 4:05 pm

Genius! Gonna have to do this ASAP! Love things that make life w/ kids easier :)

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34 anna June 18, 2012 at 4:13 pm

chalk that one up to mom creativity at it’s best! too bad we don’t have a fridge with a water thingy, but at least the cup idea will still work! :)

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35 Allison June 18, 2012 at 4:23 pm

Now that’s smart!!

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36 Jessica June 18, 2012 at 4:35 pm

BRILLIANT!!!! We are making these tomorrow!!

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37 Kristie June 18, 2012 at 4:45 pm

I saw these cups at Quilted Bear (think a large boutique with lots of different sellers in a large walmart sized space). And they are an awesome idea!

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38 Kathleen June 29, 2012 at 4:02 pm

I saw them at the Quilted Bear too. The magnets are completely covered and dishwasher safe. I didn’t buy them because they only came in solid ie. boring) colors!

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39 Laura L June 18, 2012 at 5:20 pm

Such an amazing idea!! Any thoughts on how to deal with a fridge that won’t take magnets e.g. stainless steel?

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40 ashley June 30, 2012 at 9:31 pm

is it magentic on the side?

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41 Lisa P. June 18, 2012 at 5:42 pm

This is a life saving idea! Seriously! We go through about 19 millions cups a day – I’ve got to do this. Like, today!

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42 Theresa June 18, 2012 at 5:55 pm

There is actually someone who is marketing this idea. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iVsx_na4Z3s

However- a DIY is always appreciated in this household! These are so much cuter! I like that the kids could potentially pick their own cup- because with my 3 if they don’t CLEARLY have their own there is tons of bickering over who gets which.

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43 Hannah Elise June 18, 2012 at 6:13 pm

wow. genius idea!

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44 Packetofseeds June 18, 2012 at 7:49 pm

This is a fabulous idea not only for kids but for adults too. I’m headed to the store tonight to get some cups.

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45 Jackie June 18, 2012 at 8:12 pm

Absolutely genius. Now we need a fridge with ice and water in the door. But I think my kids can use the water filter jug thingy we have on the counter. The spout is at the bottom so all they would have to do is push it, kinda like you do with the water in the door of the fridge. This is a great and fun idea though.

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46 delia June 18, 2012 at 8:20 pm

what a good idea! I never would have thought of this….glad you posted about it!

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47 Rebekah June 18, 2012 at 8:49 pm

Brilliant, brilliant, brilliant. A perfect solution. They’d work for husbands too, right?? :)

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48 Karin June 18, 2012 at 9:13 pm

um, how’s the cup full of water spin on (and scratch) the fridge factor?

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49 Dana June 18, 2012 at 10:58 pm

i haven’t noticed any scratches and we’ve been using them for a week so far

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50 evelyn June 18, 2012 at 10:33 pm

Adorable! I also love the glimpses of your house that we see and would love to see more. :)

My only concern with the magnets is that they may scratch the fridge over time as they are kind of a rough cut. Maybe cover them with a circle of fabric or something? Just a thought.

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51 Dana June 18, 2012 at 10:59 pm

Thanks!
I worried about the magnets too but we’ve been using them for a week and haven’t noticed any scratches at all.

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52 Kiersten June 18, 2012 at 11:50 pm

I love this idea! Why don’t I think of things like that? Also, I love your cabinets. Mine are due for another paint job, ugh. Did you paint yours yourself? Do you have any tips?

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53 Dana June 19, 2012 at 12:11 am

Thanks!
Yea, I painted our old ugly brown cabinets gray and white. I just buffed the old ones up a bit with a sanding sponge and then went for it with the gray!

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54 Heather L June 19, 2012 at 12:04 am

Neat idea! Might I suggest some Sugru? (Sugru.com) (I don’t work for them)…they had a tutorial a while back using magnets to attach drying towels to a fridge or stove.

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55 Hannah@ MiniMe Paper Dolls June 19, 2012 at 1:08 am

How did you know?! I have seriously trying to solve this dilemma and here is a solution! GENIUS. Thank you, thank you! P.S. Love the cups!

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56 Brandi June 19, 2012 at 1:06 pm

Love it! Such a smart idea!!!

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57 Mama Pickles June 20, 2012 at 10:26 am

Wonderful idea! We have a stainless fridge too. I wonder how this would work with Velcro dots?

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58 ashley June 30, 2012 at 9:35 pm

is it magnetic on the side?

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59 Janie June 20, 2012 at 4:32 pm

I love this idea and your kitchen!

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60 Stephanie June 21, 2012 at 2:42 pm

Brilliant! Thanks for sharing!

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61 Katie Fleming June 22, 2012 at 12:26 pm

This is such a wonderful idea! Thank you for posting this! I don’t have kids yet but the hubby uses 3-5 cups a day. This is a great way to cut down on that! :)

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62 Jennifer Turner June 22, 2012 at 3:49 pm

Just did this…so happy! I am tired of my 5 kiddos and all their cups on my counter. What a great idea! Thank you so much…

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63 Heather June 23, 2012 at 8:14 pm

I have a friend involved with the Stick Up Cup company so I’d heard of these as well. I considered making them myself like you’ve done but I wondered how to glue the magnets on and have them last through the dishwasher. I HATE washing dishes. Has anyone actually tried them in the dishwasher?

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64 heather June 25, 2012 at 9:43 am

Love this idea my LO’s are always thirst and seeing this fixes my thirsty 24-7 problems :).

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65 Stefani June 25, 2012 at 8:29 pm

Just saw this on Pinterest and am in love with this idea!! Thanks so much for posting this – you and your friend are awesome! :)

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66 funkytime June 26, 2012 at 1:04 pm

love it!

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67 Sandy Horner June 26, 2012 at 2:54 pm

I just love this. I have the same two children and 8 cups get used. Wonderful idea

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68 Carrie June 28, 2012 at 12:24 am

my kids are pretty good about using one cup for the day, BUT it annoys me that they’re always on the counter!! yay! solution! so now, my only concern is that my kids don’t tend to finish drinking the water they dish out. so i could see them trying to stick them back on the fridge with water still in them! :-/ have your kids done this to you?? just curious. i guess i better just train them when we make them?

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69 Katie June 29, 2012 at 1:52 pm

awesome awesome awesome idea!!! My son still needs help getting a drink because he can’t reach the cups. That was until now!

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70 Tracy June 29, 2012 at 5:34 pm

A great idea. And like many of us moms I am slapping my forehead and saying, “Duh!” I have not seen this in stores but I bet it won’t be long before someone mass markets the idea. Your friend should get her patent now!! The best thing is I have all the materials needed for this project at home, no need to shop. Oh wait is that a good thing, maybe I need new glasses just to have a reason to shop.

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71 Elisha DeMaria July 3, 2012 at 10:33 am

I truthfully, as a parent, do NOT think this is a good idea. My opinion.

http://overlook.privatehealthnews.com/html/site_articles.asp?pid=84&topic_id=711&puid=412731

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72 Bohemian Hijabi July 3, 2012 at 2:37 pm

What an awesome idea! I can’t tell you how many times I have come into my kitchen to find 12 different used cups sitting on the counter, all because no one could remember which cup they used previously and just opted to get a clean cup instead.

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73 durandconnie July 7, 2012 at 4:22 am

I agree…awesome idea! You should patten it!

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74 Janette July 9, 2012 at 12:20 pm

If you are worried about the magnets scratching the fridge you could put up scrapbook paper with tape or magnets under where you will keep the cups. Or you could put up contact paper in that area. Just a thought! You could even use chalkboard contact paper to make it more fun.

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75 FormeofCury July 16, 2012 at 4:39 pm

Very cute, very clever, very stupid. Microorganisms grow on used cups and plates and anything else that comes into contact with food if they are left out, unwashed, for four hours or longer. Instead, skip the magnet and have your children put their cups IN the refrigerator. Otherwise, you have the perfect conditions to make your child good and sick.

(This is why we wash our plates and glasses.)

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76 Rachel Ramey October 19, 2012 at 9:45 pm

Are you kidding me?! There is no way my kids are using four cups a day ON PURPOSE when all they had in them was water. I have never, ever heard of anyone getting sick from using the same water glass all day for ONE DAY.

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77 Leslie Galloway July 20, 2012 at 9:34 pm

you are a flipping genius.

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78 ShellyZ July 22, 2012 at 6:26 am

I use to have a problem with too many cups floating around my house with my four kids so I designed what I wanted from a cup and came up with a new product called the MyColourCup. The cups change names. So just need to grab any cup from cupboard and change it to your name. Place on mat to reuse throughout the day.

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79 Jeff July 23, 2012 at 10:07 am

Unbelievable. Many kids die or are rushed to the hospital every year from swallowing magnets. These magnets are NOT too big to be swallowed. This is an extremely irresponsible article. What if only one of your readers has to take one of their kids to the doctor because of this?

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80 Cindy October 3, 2012 at 9:10 am

I love it! It’s so cool.

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81 nic November 13, 2012 at 1:05 pm

I loved this idea, literally the second I got up the next day I went out to buy the stuff. But my three year old dropped the cups in a matter of minutes and the glue popped off! Any suggestions on a cup that it worked on? I used the colored plastic cup from walmart

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82 Sarah April 1, 2013 at 4:22 pm

I absolutely love this idea and finally did it today! Can’t wait for the kids to try them out. Thanks so much!

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83 JDaniel4's Mom July 4, 2013 at 6:57 am

This is such a wonderful idea! My son goes through many cups in a day.

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