How to make upcycled magnetic ceiling storage
Wallet, pocket knife … where’d those keys go? All those things you carry in your pockets can be easily stored when you come home using this creative craft that turns the magnets from an old hard drive into a handy, useful excerpt from Dude Crafts by Mike Warren.
Magnetic Ceiling Storage
After a hard day of work, you could keep your everyday carry (EDC) in a bowl by the door, but it’s sometimes hard to see (and remember) whether you actually placed your keys in the bowl. A magnetic storage solution not only keeps your EDC tidy and out of the way but also allows you to see at a glance whether you’ve stowed your things away. This magnetic storage doesn’t have to be on the ceiling — it works just as well on a door or under a desk.
Materials and Tools
- Strong magnets
- Screwdriver (if needed)
- Nuts and washers
- Needle and thread
- Heat-shrink tubing (optional)
1. You can buy strong magnets, but you can also easily find them inside almost all discarded electronics that have motors. O
2. Once removed, the magnets from the hard drive are conveniently already mounted to steel mounting brackets with pre-drilled holes. This makes remounting the powerful magnets anywhere else a breeze.
3. To allow your EDC items to attach easily to this strong magnet, you’ll need to ensure there’s ferrous metal somewhere on whatever it is you want to stick to the magnet. Keys, for example, will likely attach at their keyring. For my wallet, which doesn’t have ferrous metal on it, I used a nut attached by a length of paracord. S
4. Use a tube of heat-shrink tubing to cover the stitches and provide a tidy look.
5. Sew the paracord and nut to the fold of the wallet.
6. You’re not limited to just wallet and keys with this project! I sewed a stainless-steel-coated washer inside my hat, which will allow me to hand-wash my hat without the washer rusting. The washer provides more than enough ferrous surface to allow the hat to hang from the magnet. This simple solution is a fun way to store your
This tutorial, “Magnetic Ceiling Storage,” is excerpted from Dude Crafts by Mike Warren. Used with permission of the publisher, Voyageur Press (Quarto).