When you want to build a better mouse trap, what's the first thing you think it needs? Most people would say it needs to be more effective at catching mice. I on the other hand don't need my mouse trap to catch mice. I need it to look cute, stick to my refrigerator and hold notes.
I started by taking them apart, discarding some of the pieces that weren't necessary for my purposes and giving them a coat of paint. Then I glued on scrapbook paper and assorted other doodads and put them back together. I finished them off with a magnet on the back.