DIY Fridge Pocket 🥚

8 Materials
30 Minutes

As part of our new weekly show, Workshop Wednesday, we will occasionally feature a fast DIY project.

This week we upcycled a baking pan into a fridge pocket to be used to store coupons, recipes, mail, and more.

The video is the entire Workshop Wednesday, but you can fast forward to time code 2:40 if you only want to see the DIY tutorial.

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First off, gather your materials. You'll need a baking pan you no longer use. If it is greasy, you'll need to clean it, otherwise the paint will not stick to it. You'll also need rare earth magnets, spray paint and optional primer, fast acting glue, clamps, and a circular saw with a metal cutting blade.

With a marker, mark your cutting line. You can make your pocket however tall you'd like. Use a speed square if you have one as it makes it easy to draw a straight line across the pan. Clamp the pan to your workspace to keep it from moving when you make your cut. (Below we have a piece of insulation foam to protect our work surface).

Make sure you have a metal cutting blade in your saw. BEFORE you start to make the cut, be sure to put on tight fitting safety glasses, a mask, and ear protection. Also, it's a good idea to wear tight fitting long sleeves to protect yourself from the small metal shards that come off the metal as it is being cut.


Once cut, be sure to clean the piece of dust and dirt. I sprayed the pocket with primer first, let that dry and finished with a coat of blue paint.

Once dry, add the magnets to the back side with fast acting glue. I used the pencil eraser to push the magnets down into the glue. Allow to dry as stated on the glue directions.

Add your new handy pocket to your fridge to store all those bits of paper that clutter your fridge.

Do you have any old pans that need a new purpose?

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  • Duke Duke on Feb 26, 2019

    they have plastic pockets to hang at office stores that would be easy to dress up and I would think about the same price and take less time ... how about turn that baking sheet into a tray???

  • Patti fogg Patti fogg on May 28, 2019

    Why isn’t my Hometalk script coming in my mail. I love your ideas.

  • Kim 'Kiewatt' Waknitz Kim 'Kiewatt' Waknitz on Apr 04, 2021

    What are rare earth magnets, are they different from what I buy at Dollar Tree or Walmart?


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  • Lisa Severns Lisa Severns on Jan 06, 2020

    Cool idea!! I think if you glued the cut end to the non cut end to make a pocket it would be great to hang on a wall. A magnetic message board.

  • Mary McDonald Mary McDonald on Jan 07, 2020

    It’s so cute! You two are always concocting something new! And they are always awesome!