Martha Stewart has a clever method of dealing with almost everything. In this particular case, it’s the leftover buttons you have lying around after they’ve fallen off shirts or come as spares with clothing you can’t even remember. It’s easy to make fridge magnets out of them. Well, easy if you’re not me, of course.
I picked up a selection of rare earth magnets from Lee Valley for a reasonable price — ninety magnets, to be precise. I like to go whole hog into things like this. Rare earth magnets are super strong, so be careful not to get them near your electronics or credit cards.
If you like the shape of some of your buttons but not the colour, you can always paint them with model paint. I of course managed to get myself coated in model paint when I did this, but I’m sure you have more advanced motor skills than I do.
You take your magnets. You take your buttons. You take a glue gun. You apply burning hot glue to either the magnet or the button (be careful here because of course the magnet will try to stick to your glue gun and unhappy situations can arise from that). You try not to swear too loudly when you miss and accidentally apply burning hot glue to your finger. Or when you accidentally adhere either the magnet or the button to your person. Or the table. Or the floor. These things happen.
Once the glue is cooled you can click those babies right onto your fridge or wherever else you want to put them. I found that some buttons didn’t like the glue and fell off, so I just used different buttons. You may find the same thing.