Monday, January 21, 2013

DIY: Concert Ticket Magnets

Ticket Stub Magnets

So, like I said in my last post, I moved. Moving forces you to ask yourself the hard questions. Like, the 4th time you've moved your collection of vintage cassingles, you have to wonder "What am I doing with these things?"

My box of ticket stubs definitely falls into that category. I mean, it isn't taking up any valuable real estate, but if I'm not using them for something cool then why am I even keeping them? Because really, ticket stubs are super cool. People don't usually go to "meh" concerts, they go to awesome ones. So why keep a tangible reminder of that awesomeness stuffed away in a box in your closet? These magnets are quick, easy, and every time you get orange juice out of the fridge you can reminisce about those great nights. (Additionally, the big national love day is coming up, and if you keep tickets as date mementos, these are a really sweet gift.)

  • Ticket Stubs
  • Laser Printer
  • Glue Stick or Spray Glue
  • Chipboard or the back cover of an old notebook
  • Aleene's Paper Glaze
  • Hot Glue
  • Magnets

The first step is to scan your ticket stubs, and use a program to resize your tickets. I made mine 3 inches wide. (Make sure when you re-size it you lock your proportions, or they will end up looking wonky) Then print your image out with a laser jet printer and use a glue stick or some spray glue (where have you been all my life?) to mount them onto some chip board or the the back cover of an old notebook or something. Finally trim your tickets to size with a paper cutter or some scissors.

Once you have your tickets trimmed, cover them with the paper glaze. I used Aleene's cause I'm a fan of her tacky glue, but there are other brands. The technique I used was sort of similar to flooding an iced cookie. Outline first, then fill in the middle. Kind of fun. Also, it made me want a cookie. Try to pop any bubbles.

Now let them dry overnight. Don't put too much on, otherwise the glaze will just slowly ooze off. As the glaze dries it will turn clear and shiny. After 24 hours mine were good, but there was one little cloudy spot that took another day to totally set.

DIY Ticket Magnet

Last, attach magnets to the back with hot glue. You can buy rolls of magnets at a craft store, but I just used an old promotional magnet from my dentist (for both recycling and being cheap purposes). There, now show everyone how cool and cultured you are. The best part of this project is that even if you don't have a box of old ticket stubs lying around, you can still make them thanks to this modern internet age. Did you ever see the Beatles play live? Well, who says you can't pretend?

Some other great ticket stub projects, while we're at it:
  • Or make a giant ticket stub wall hanging, if you have 5 dollars and know how to order an Engineering Print from Staples.


  1. Interesting idea... I've got a bunch of lanyards with press passes that I collect and seems like this concept would work pretty well for those.

  2. Great idea! I have tons of papers that I should do something with and haven't, ticket stubs included.

  3. What a fun idea ;) I'll be featuring it on Craft Gossip later tonight :)

  4. I love this idea! We hold on to tickets, too! I'll be sharing!