DIY Map Magnets

5 years ago by in DIY, handmade

I picked up this puzzle at a yard sale a few weeks ago. I intended to frame it in Matthew’s room, but unfortunately  I realized one piece was missing.


I still love the look of the pieces, so I decided to turn the individual states into magnets.

I used sticky magnet strips on the back of each piece.

The magnets weren’t sticking well, so I ended up using hot glue to stick them on.

I attached a locker door front on this little empty wall space in Matthew’s room.

It’s the perfect magnet board for a narrow space.

When my kids saw it they thought it was really cool, but my little two year old nephew seemed to enjoy playing with it the most!

This ended up being a really fun and easy project.

As for the locker door front, I love it so much as a magnet board I decided to put one in my studio too!





45 Responses to “DIY Map Magnets”

September 13, 2011 Reply

I was gonna say, because we all just have random locker doors hanging around our house! No one but you would see something like that and think, that is awesome. Then you show the rest of us the way. That's why you must continue your blog, so we can see that junk is not always junk.

November 3, 2011 Reply

Is there any info on the puzzle box that would help me possibly find one for the my clasroom door!!! Your idea with the mnagnet is sooo perfect and one target! I found about this picture on Pinterest! You had a great idea!

jill s
November 8, 2011 Reply

love it! i have one for sale in my etsy shop right now…

although i'm tempted to take it down and make it into magnets for myself!

November 10, 2011 Reply

How interesting – you can also use tacky glue instead of the hot glue to stick the magnets or use sheets that you can cut into the shapes so the whole back is magnet covered. but either way – cool idea – I am an author of a state series and I'm always looking for something new to use with my books. Thanks for sharing. (I got your site from a plurking buddy of mine – lol) – Mrs. E :)

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January 11, 2012 Reply

Found this through pinterest. So much fun! I work for a travel-related company and my cubicle is decorated with postcards, but I’d love to add something like these too. Thanks for sharing such a great idea!
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February 18, 2012 Reply

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March 26, 2012 Reply

Thanks for sharing this wonderful idea! As a former elementary school teacher I know how much trouble kids have with geography. I can’t wait to use this idea with my little guy when he gets a little older. :)
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June 9, 2012 Reply

I love this idea. We are military and move around quite often (even back when we were nonmilitary). I think this is neat and we can even add on little pinpoints on each state around the area where we lived…

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denise sabia
September 11, 2012 Reply

so cute ! love it. pinning!

Lea Burgess
September 29, 2012 Reply

I am looking for something like this for my granddaughter. I thought if I just bought a map, but I don’ have any real good sites. Im still looking but if I can find a puzzle, that would be good too. Thanks for sharing.

October 14, 2012 Reply

this is awesome!! thanks for sharing!

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Ruth Petty
December 14, 2012 Reply

Your magnet idea was so awesome I had to share it on my blog. I am excited to do this with a world map puzzle as my daughter is learning about the world she lives in. Here is the link to my blog:

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April 9, 2013 Reply

Wonderful idea, thanks for sharing!
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August 11, 2013 Reply

I don’t understand how you took the interlocking puzzle pieces and ended up without all of the “innies” and “outies”. Love the idea though.

Natalie Wright
August 19, 2013 Reply

Hi Susan! It just happened to be a puzzle with the pieces already cut out in the shape of the states. I did not trim them that way. Keep your eyes peeled… I see puzzles like it at yard sales and thrift stores all the time!

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January 13, 2014 Reply

Hi, i think that i saw you visited my web site thus i came to “return the favor”.I am trying to find things to improve my web site!I suppose its ok to
use some of your ideas!!\
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January 13, 2014 Reply

Greetings! Very helpful advice in this particular post!
It’s the little changes that will make the biggest
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Erin at IOGoods
February 3, 2014 Reply

Such a simple and fun idea! Am looking forward to doing this with an map of Africa!

Natalie Wright
February 5, 2014 Reply

Great idea Erin! Thanks for stopping by!

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