What’s one classic machine or tool that you wish we still used today? For many, it’s the typewriter. While not the most efficient, or even the most practical, way for writers to compile their manuscripts, the typewriter has seen a bit of a resurgence in the past decade. (Editor’s note: Unfortunately, we wrote this blog on a laptop). We’ve put together a quick DIY project to celebrate these beloved machines.

This magnetic DIY lets you show your love of the typewriter “aesthetic” by creating your own typewriter keys decorations and they’re extremely easy to make! Make two sets of the alphabet and you will be able to create short, fun messages to display on your fridge for everyone to see.

What You’ll Need:

  • White polymer clay  
  • Small circle cutter
  • Ink pad (preferable black)
  • Alphabet stamps (found in your local craft store)
  • Rolling Pin
  • ⅜” X ⅛” Ceramic Disc Magnets
  • Hot glue gun
  • Cookie tray or sheet
  • Black permanent marker

Steps:

  1. Flatten out the clay with the rolling pin, to between ¼” and ½” thick.
  2. Use the small circle cutter to cut out as many circles as you would like.
  3. Use the alphabet stamps to stamp each circle, pressing gently to make a slight indentation when you stamp.
  4. If needed, use the black permanent marker to fill in any spots in the letters that the ink did not fill.
  5. Lay all the stamped circles on a cookie tray and bake them according to the instructions on the package of the clay, or about 30 minutes at 250 degrees.
  6. After the letters come out of the oven, let them cool completely.
  7. Using the hot glue gun, glue your magnets to the back of each circle. Let the glue dry and set before sticking the magnets on the fridge.

If you feel like venturing out of the classic typewriter key look, you can swap the black ink for a color or colors that are more bold and stand out when stamped on the clay. Create messages for your family to see as they walk into the kitchen, leave reminders, or simply use the key magnets as decorations for your fridge—the choices are endless. These magnets are also perfect for leaving short notes on file cabinets and desks.

If you like this magnetic craft, you will be sure to enjoy the rest of our innovative magnet DIY’s on our blog.