DIY Magnetic Fishing Set

Staff Writer
Columbus Parent

Summer is the time for outdoor sports and games, but even the best season has its rainy days. Putting together this magnetic fishing set is a great way to take the fun indoors and combine a little crafting with other recreational pursuits.

The best part of this project is its scale - a single kid can have great fun with a fishing rod and 3 or 4 fish. Or siblings just need two rods and a few more fish for a friendly family competition. Or you can make several rods and a big pile of fish for great fun at your next birthday party or family gathering!

  • Stiffened felt sheets in one or two colors
  • Regular felt sheets in one or two colors
  • Strong fabric glue or hot-glue gun
  • Round magnets measuring 1/2 inch to 1 inch in diameter
  • Dowel rod measuring 12 inches to 18 inches
  • Fabric scraps
  • Twine or medium-weight yarn
  • Paper and pencil

1. Cut a length of twine or yarn 24 inches to 30 inches long. Loop several times around one end of the dowel rod. Cut a strip of fabric about 3 inches by 8 inches. Glue one end of the fabric over the yarn-covered part of the dowel rod. Wrap the fabric around that end of the dowel rod, also securing the other end with glue.

2. The magnets will have a side that is attracted to another magnet and a side that is repelled by it. Put together two magnet sides that are attracted to each other over the loose end of yarn. Open them up and add glue between the magnets and yarn and put back together. This step completes your "fishing rod."

3. Use a paper and pencil to make two simple fish-shape templates, one larger than the other. Cut out and trace the larger template onto stiffened felt and the smaller template onto regular felt.

4. Glue a magnet to the stiffened-felt piece around where the eye would be located. Glue the smaller felt fish over the magnet, taking care to make sure all the edges are glued down well. Use a marker to draw an eye, fins or any other details you want to add. Repeat for as many fish as you want to make.

5. Let the fishing games begin! Tip: Empty cookie or candy tins make great storage for these magnetic game pieces.

OLIVERA BRATICH owns Wholly Craft, 3515 N. High St. The Clintonville shop features handmade goods from more than 200 crafters and artists, including clothing, jewelry, accessories, paper goods, home décor and more! Hours of operation: 11 a.m.-7 p.m. weekdays, 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturdays, 12 noon-5 p.m. Sundays. For more information, go to or call 614-447-3445.