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Upcycled copper Army men fridge magnets (and giveaway)

by Clare Mansell
Upcycled copper Army men fridge magnets (and giveaway)

Around the corner from our house we now have a brilliant local charity shop which I pass on the school run four times a day. We’ve found a few gems and projects there since it’s opened and on one trip recently, I found a huge bag of plastic army men which were crying out to be upcycled in some way. I debated turning them into a fruit bowl, but instead settled on transforming them into fridge magnets instead.

Decent strong magnets proved easier to find than I was expecting and although I had originally planned to simply glue the magnets on to the men, Jim insisted that we did it properly and drill a hole to recess each magnet in. This involved a bit of trial an error and buying new smaller magnets that neatly fitted the men, but the result was worth it. The magnets were so strong that we had to use superglue to fit them in the hole so that they didn’t pop out when you tried to detach them from the fridge.


After the holes were drilled and the magnets glued in I sprayed them with Pinty Plus plastic primer which is a transparent coating which allows the paint to adhere to the plastic.


After that I applied several light layers of copper spray. This stage always requires some patience! Each layer literally takes seconds to apply and in cold weather this means you have to nip outside do the spraying and then come back inside and patiently wait 20 minutes or so for the paint to dry before applying the next layer. If you add too much at once the paint will run or bubble up. It’s much easier to do in the summer of course when your back door is permanently open and the sun dries the paint quicker!


The finished Army men are now running riot over our fridge providing lots of entertainment and a touch of on trend glamour to our white goods!


GIVEAWAY….. We do however have more than we could possibly need, so I’d like to dispatch a few Army units to different “bases” around the country. If you’d like a set of 5 to adorn your kitchen simply comment below and I’ll pick two names at random and send them out to you after Christmas.

Competition details : You are under no obligation to like me on my social channels, however I will be announcing the winner via Facebook so it makes sense to like my page to ensure you know if you are the winner! UK addresses only, no cash alternative, deadline for commenting to enter is 31st December at 23:59 and the winners have 14 days to respond with their mailing details once they are announced or another winner will be chosen.

Project details…

Pinty Plus Plastic Primer and Copper Spray from novasolspray.co.uk
5mm magnets from eBay


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Amy Rushton December 22, 2016 - 11:51 am

Oh Claire! These might be my favourite project I’ve seen this year! These are awesome!!

Sharon December 24, 2016 - 10:41 pm

Aww that’s so cool, would be so handy! X

Teress December 22, 2016 - 11:54 am

Love them Clare…. great vision..????????????

Teresa December 22, 2016 - 11:56 am

Christmas clumsy fingers there… & reminder to self.. emojis don’t work… !!

Louise December 22, 2016 - 1:20 pm

For the lieutenant colonel in our lives 🙂

Jackie ONeill December 22, 2016 - 6:51 pm

My brother is in the army and I would so love to win these for his 40th birthday in January! These are fabulous!

Emma December 22, 2016 - 7:29 pm

These are very cool! Would love some 🙂

David Reeves December 22, 2016 - 7:49 pm


Danielle Rawlings December 22, 2016 - 8:09 pm

they look so awesome, sounded like a fun project

James McLaughlin December 22, 2016 - 8:41 pm

Love these. Had them as a kid so brings back great memories.

Emma S December 22, 2016 - 8:56 pm

This is a great idea. They look amazing!

Linda December 23, 2016 - 8:24 am

What a brilliant idea. They look marvellous! I remember seeing these years ago, probably when my son was small.

Kerry Locke December 23, 2016 - 9:39 am

Great Idea

Donna December 23, 2016 - 11:35 pm

These are so, so cute! We are having an industrial feel kitchen and dining room when our extension’s done and I’ve already started picking up copper bits. These are a great idea! If we don’t win we’ll make some 🙂 x

Gill Watson December 24, 2016 - 3:18 pm

I would love a set!

Sarah Rees December 24, 2016 - 6:01 pm

Great idea, please add me to the draw

Pauline Hill December 27, 2016 - 11:25 am


Pauline Hill December 27, 2016 - 11:26 am


cathyj December 27, 2016 - 2:46 pm


Rich Tyler December 28, 2016 - 2:44 am

These are so retro-cool! Count Me IN 🙂

Jo McPherson December 28, 2016 - 8:45 am

Yes please, thank you

leanne weir December 28, 2016 - 10:39 pm

These are very cool!

Bernie December 29, 2016 - 5:30 pm

Very cute.

steph lovatt December 29, 2016 - 9:50 pm

Love these they are very cool

Maria Jane Knight December 30, 2016 - 8:18 am

These are just too cool!!! Reminds me of the Bucket O’ Soldiers on Toy Story.

victoria middleton December 30, 2016 - 3:27 pm

These are so amazing! I love collecting fridge magnets these would be a great addition 🙂

Emily Hutchinson December 30, 2016 - 3:36 pm

Awesome, they’d look great on my filing cabinet. I have Space Invaders magnets on there so I need these guys to help defend earth.

Emma Davison December 30, 2016 - 8:23 pm

These look great.

Lisa Wilkinson December 30, 2016 - 8:32 pm

These are great. Thanks for the giveaway

ellie spider December 30, 2016 - 11:28 pm

aww would love to give these guys a new home 😀

Jamie Millard December 31, 2016 - 2:28 am

they are very cool.

amanda greensmith December 31, 2016 - 9:20 am

these are cool x

Katie Skeoch December 31, 2016 - 3:11 pm

Love these! Perfect for my boys

claire little December 31, 2016 - 5:55 pm

love them. thanks for the chance.

richard scholfield January 1, 2017 - 2:47 pm

Yes please.

KARA January 13, 2017 - 12:46 pm

These are amazing, what a clever idea, you have sparked some in my head now xx


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