Project: Fork Memo Magnet

After I came up with the idea for this project, I seriously thought about changing the name of my website. I like Poopscape Projects, it's memorable, but "Ridiculously Fast & Easy Projects" might be more appropriate, especially when it comes to this project- you'll see why in a minute. (Oh, I'm not changing the name, EVER. Get that out of your head now.)

If you're like me and have a massive heap of important bits of paper/ephemera that you don't any particular place for, then this might be the project for you. I like using the fridge to tack up important things, but I thought I'd have a little more fun with it.

What you'll need:

  • Forks (any metal fork will do, but I like the look of old, tarnished silver plated forks and I always find plenty of single forks at thrift stores)
  • Super magnets
  • Some form of super glue
  • Hammer
  • Screwdriver
  • Cloth or something to protect your surfaces while hammering

Step 1: You'll need to flatten your fork a little. Cover your surface with a folded towel or something that will protect it from a few blows from a hammer. Hammer one side, flip it over and hammer the other. Repeat until it's satisfactorily flattish. I tested mine by holding them up on the fridge to see how they looked.

Step 2: With your screwdriver, carefully pry up the outer tongs of the fork. Just wedge the screwdriver between the tongs and wiggle a bit. If you pry them up too much, they won't hold paper very well, just hammer your fork flat and start over.

Step 3: Add a small dot of the super glue on the back of the fork on the two widest parts.

Step 4: Attach your super magnets and let the adhesive harden.

Good grief! Didn't I tell you it was easy? Now that you've covered your fridge in fork memo holders and they're holding your important bits of paper/photographs/recipes, open that fridge and pour yourself a glass of wine or beer. You deserve it for all your hard work!


Poopscape is written by Claire Chauvin, a craft-obsessed mother and photography teacher living in Houston, Texas. If you have a question or a compliment, have tried one of my projects and want to share with me, or just want to chat, please email me at claireATpoopscape.com.