I love making things. You all saw the projects that the kids and I made for Father’s Day, right?
Last week, I had to come up with a creative “reveal” gift for my Secret Sister at church. It had to be something that would be a dead giveaway that I was her Secret Sister. In her gift bag, I included three items:
- A black apron with the word “Mom” embellished on it.
- A set of magnets with photos of her daughter and one of her and her husband.
- A pencil box decorated with monkey stickers. (If nothing else, I knew this one would be the dead giveaway. Too bad she already knew it was me!)
The magnets were such a hit that I had dozens of people asking me to make some for them. So, I figured you all might like to know how to make them as well.
Here’s the set that I made for my own fridge:
I know. Not really the best picture. Sorry. I was in a hurry. But, I think you get the idea.
Now, here’s the fun part: Here’s how easy it is to make these yourself!
- Thin piece of wood. (I used the inserts to the board that I purchased to make one of the Father’s Day Gifts.) You can buy small pieces of wood at any craft store.
- Art Program on your computer. (I use PhotoShop and/or Paint Shop Pro. If you don’t have one, GIMP is a free one that’s great!)
- Printer & Copy Paper (Don’t use photo paper, plain paper works better.)
- Modge Podge (available in any craft store, walmart, etc.)
- Magnets (you can buy the round disks or the strip of magnets that you can cut to size. Both have an already sticky back and are perfect to use.)
- Clear Spray Sealer (optional. I used the glossy finish sealer.)
Now that we’ve got everything we need, here’s how to make the project:
Find the digital photo that you want to use. (Or scan a hard copy to your computer.) Open it in your photo editing program. Crop the photo to a square (if the wood you are using is square). Resize your photograph to the same size as your piece of wood. Print out the photo. (Then, make sure that it matches the size of the wood you’re about to apply it to. I always size it just a bit bigger than the wood, because it’s always easier to cut off more than you need, but it’s impossible to add more on.) Cut out the photo. Apply Modge Podge in a thin layer on the wood, then attach the photograph to it. Work quickly, because Modge Podge sets up fast. You’ll want to make sure there are no bubbles. Allow the Modge Podge to dry. Then, you can spray the photo with a clear sealer if desired, or just add a magnet to the back and stick it to your fridge. (Be sure to allow it to dry for 24 – 48 hours before handling it too much whether you seal it or not.)
See how easy that was? It’s perfect for a quick gift for someone special, or to add more fun to your fridge!
Let me know if you try this project.