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In a previous post about my recent trip to a local flea market, I scored a huge stash of wooden Scrabble tiles. The first thing I did when I got home was search through Pinterest for some great ideas. I initially liked spelling out the tiles to create coasters, but then I thought, “Who uses coasters?” I know some people use them, but Charlie and I don’t normally don’t — not to mention, I don’t think we have any.


Christmas ornaments was the second idea I initially liked, but for some reason, refrigerator magnets quickly popped into my mind. Who doesn’t love magnets? Magnets can be used all year round. Before I started personalizing magnets for friends and family, I completed a quick test run for the dishwasher — a clean/dirty magnet. I fell in love with the magnet when I spotted one at a friend’s house. Genius idea!


I found an old blank greeting card and decided to use it as the base for the magnet. I found the individual letters I needed and simply glued the CLEAN tiles to the card edge with Mod Podge. I would have used the glue gun but I couldn’t locate it after a 5 minute search. I turned the card around, spelled out DIRTY, and glued the tiles below CLEAN. After a minute or two, I swept Mod Podge over the top of the tiles.


I left the magnet to dry overnight because I worked on it before bedtime. I snipped off the excess greeting card from the magnet and searched for my stash of magnets from a previous project. I used glued three round magnets to the base with Mod Podge and let it dry for a few hours (probably more than necessary). Woot woot! I have a beautiful CLEAN/DIRTY magnet for the dishwasher!


How cute is this magnet? Just a few days ago Charlie asked me if the dishes in the dishwasher were clean and dirty, and I had the hardest time remembering if I ran the dishwasher the night before. This magnet will definitely come in handy. I don’t mind the new magnet looking a little rough around the edges, but I think a glue gun could have straightened the tiles a teeny bit.


Unfortunately, the main part of the dishwasher is not magnetic. Boo! *sigh* Oddly enough, the lower portion is magnetic but I think the magnet looks so dumb down there. So, I stuck the magnet to the refrigerator and hopefully Charlie and I will look at the refrigerator for helpful hints. Wish us luck!

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4 replies »

  1. I love it! I need one for my dishwasher because I can never remember if the dishes are clean or dirty! I’m getting so old. 😦

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