DIY Party Animal Magnets

DIY plastic animal magnet

Once upon a time I featured a post from Hank + Hunt for her DIY Animal Candle Holders. I blame that post for ooh’ing and ahh’ing over plastic animals every time I see them now. (Nerd alert!)

Since I apparently have a new found love for them, I thought I would come up with a project where I could use them for more than just birthday candles.

And hence, decided to make them into these DIY Party Animal Magnets.

Side note: For the safety of your reputation, never announce over the phone that you are “cutting up animals”, it gets awkward until you thoroughly explain yourself…

Materials & Tools Needed To Make DIY Party Animal Magnets

  • Plastic animals — $1 each at the dollar store
  • Scissors
  • Super glue
  • Plastic/bottle caps
  • Spray paint
  • Magnet circles

DIY plastic animal magnet

How To Make DIY Party Animal Magnets

1 —  Cut the plastic animals in half with scissors, it’s surprisingly easy.

2 — Insert the caps into the open end of the animals.

3 — Spray paint them the color of your choice.

4 — Super glue the magnet to the back, and be sure to push in the cap far enough to for the magnet to be flush with the animal, I learned this by trial and error.

DIY plastic animal magnets

DIY plastic animal magnet

What To Use In Case Bottle Caps Don’t Fit Into Your Plastic Animal

  • Air dry clay
  • Thick cardboard cut-outs


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  10. Hey ,
    What spray paint did you used?
    I sprayed figures with simple gold paint and it’s not drying at all. Must be the rubbery material.

  11. Have you had a problem with the caps+magnets falling out when pulling it off a metal surface? Or do the caps stay plugged inside the animal pretty well? Would you suggest using super glue for the cap as well?

  12. Thanks so much for posting how to do this. I saw these on etsy and said I bet I could make those myself. :) I’m going to make them as wedding favors/ escort or place card holders!

  13. love these!! so much fun:) Question… what if the animals aren’t the perfect size for a bottle cap to fit inside as the base? Any other ideas of how you attach the magnets?

    • You could use air-dry clay to fill the inside and it would definitely give it a really put together look. Or you could even use thick cardboard cutouts!

      • If you do both, I could see some amazing animal creations from the kiddos.. Hippo head, tiger butt…tiger head, horse butt…. fun stuff.

  14. Hey girl! I saw these animals chopped in half on instagram and now I’m glad to see where you were going with them.

  15. My first glance at these reminded me of all the men I have known who are avid hunters who love to display their trophies on the wall…

    This is Taxidermy innovation at its best…:)


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