I’ve loved magnets every since I was little. I have fond memories of picking up each one and re-arranging them all every time I hung out in Grandma’s kitchen. So whenever I need a quick little gift I just pull out some coasters and make my own little magnets so that some other little munchkin will have something to rearrange when they go to their Grandma’s house!
You will need:
- Chipboard - You can use any chipboard you have on hand – even a cut up cereal box!
- Magnets – I buy thin adhesive backed strips that you can find at most department or office supply stores, then cut them into whatever size I need.
- Papers, embellishments and adhesive
I started my project by printing some papers and flower and leaf elements from the Lottie Dottie Collab by Amy Sumrall & Pamela Donnis.
I cut out the flower and leaf elements and then cut a 2.25″ and 2.75″ square of paper and a 2.75″ square of chipboard. Next I adhered the larger square of paper to the chipboard and then used a Zutter Round-it-All to round the corners of both squares. The round-it-all is specifically made to make punching thick surfaces like chipboard easy, but you could always round your corners with a craft knife or scissors.
After rounding the corners, I used a sponge and some Vintage Photo Ranger Distress Ink to ink up the edges of both squares and then stamped the “bloom where you’re planted” sentiment from Floral Symphony by Verve Stamps a little to the right side of my smaller square to accommodate the embellishment I wanted to add. I used stamps, but you could easily just print some digital word art or elements for your your project.
Next up, I glued the two squares together, then added some ribbon across the bottom of the square, securing with Scor-Tape. I added a little detail by making a dotted border all around the inner square with a brown marker and then added my flower and leaf elements. Then it’s just a simple matter of adding some Diamond Glaze and glitter for some sparkle on the flower and adhering a magnet to the back. If you want your magnet to be durable, you can coat it with mod-podge or acrylic sealant. Just be sure that if you stamped your image or sentiment that you used permanent ink so the image doesn’t bleed when you seal it.
What did I tell you? Simple and fun! You can easily adapt this for all sorts of shapes and sizes. I used some Nestabilities circle dies to make a magnet topper for a little jar. Add a little bit of ribbon around the jar, and you have a beautiful package, with a magnet that can be enjoyed for a long time to come.
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