Repurpose vintage wood yardsticks into adorable ruler box magnets!
These vintage-style magnets make great gifts. They’re also an inexpensive make-to-sell item for craft fairs or pop-up shows!
I originally made ruler box magnets to display air plants on my refrigerator.
They came out so cute that I decided to make a few more to sell in my antique booth but this time I added Christmassy bits and miniatures that I had in my craft bin.
You could certainly make them for different holidays by switching up the greenery and miniatures. Below is a list of supplies you’ll need and steps to make them!
- Wood rulers or yardsticks
- A miter box and hand saw
- Wood glue
- A small hammer
- Small tack nails (about 1/2″ long, like the ones that come with sawtooth picture frame hangers)
- A sanding block
- GE GE500 Silicone 2+ Window and Door Caulk
- Refrigerator magnets (the ones in the DIY were from Dollar Tree)
How to Make Ruler Box Magnets – 5 Easy Steps
STEP 1: Cut the Wood Ruler Pieces
Use a miter box and a handsaw to cut the wood ruler pieces.
You will need three (3-inch pieces) for the front, back, and bottom of your box. And, two (1.25-inch pieces) for the sides.
Tip: Use pieces from inexpensive wood rulers from the office store for the parts you won’t see like the back or bottom of the box!
STEP 2: Sand
Use a sanding block to sand any rough edges.
STEP 3: Make the boxes
Apply wood glue and tap one tack nail into each side to make a box.
Don’t worry about making these tiny boxes perfect. A couple of mine have extra nail holes from nails that didn’t catch and wood pieces that overhang a little. This is one of those imperfectly, perfect crafts!
STEP 4: Add Magnets
I found that using GE GE500 Silicone 2+ Window and Door Caulk to attach refrigerator magnets to the back of these little boxes gives a lasting hold. Apply a generous amount under and around the sides of the magnet and let dry for 12 hours.
STEP 5: Add Miniatures
Use hot glue to glue decorations and greenery to the inside of your ruler box.
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