I thought it would be fun for my 13-year-old daughter to make some small gifts for her friends for Valentine's Day. Since they are in 8th grade and all have lockers we decided on a personalized magnet for their locker. I know that “initials” are very popular and so that is what we went with.
Here are the supplies you will need to make a Personalized Magnet:
–the letters you want for the magnet: you can use letter stickers or chipboard letters
—lightweight wood shape that is a little bigger than your letter
—cardstock or printed scrapbooking paper that will coordinate with the letter you choose
—acrylic paint in a color that will coordinate with the paper and letter you choose
–heavy-duty round magnets
—Paper trimmer or scissors
1. First you will pick out the letters you want to use for your magnet. Pick out some paper or cardstock that match the stickers.
2. Next you will take your wood shapes and you will cut the paper down to fit just inside the wood shape so that it leaves a little edge. This lightweight wood works really well because it isn't heavy, it is easy to paint and very easy to work with!
3. Now you will paint the wood shape a color that coordinates well with your paper and letter. I painted the back, sides and most of the top. I left part of the top unpainted because it will be covered with the paper anyway. You can paint it if you want!
4. Once the paint is dried you can adhere the paper to the top of the wood shape with your Mod Podge. I used the Sparkle Mod Podge because these were for girls that love glitter! You can use the matte Mod Podge if you prefer. To adhere the paper to the wood you will want to use your paint brush and put a coat of Mod Podge on the top of the wood and on the back of the paper. Put the paper onto the wood and slide it into the place where you want it to be. Smooth it down and let it dry. Once it is dry you need to put a coat of Mod Podge on the top of the paper to finish the seal.
5. Once the paper coats have dried you will put your letter on. I used chipboard letters that were NOT adhesive on the back. If you use this type of letter you will put a coat of Mod Podge on top of your wood piece that now has the paper on top and also put a coat on the back of the letter. You will want to hold the letter down on the wood for a few minutes to let it adhere really well because it is a stiff piece of chipboard. Once it has dried put a coat on top of the letter to finish the seal. If you use a letter sticker you will want to try to get rid of the “stickiness” of the sticker on the back. You can do this by putting it on a towel or something to try to get rid of the stickiness. Once you have done that just go ahead and adhere like I described above…by putting a coat on the wood and on the back of the letter sticker. Once dried put another coat on top of the letter.
6. Once these are good and dried you will want to put your magnet on the back. I used a good quality round magnet. I glued the magnet on with E6000. This stuff is wonderful and really strong!! A small daub will glue your magnet on for life! 🙂
Here is a picture of the different personalized magnets we made! It was a fun project and I think my daughter's friends will like putting these in their lockers! This is something you could do for anyone! Instead of a letter you could use a picture of a sport, a saying, etc. You could do seasonal or holiday magnets… the sky is the limit when it comes to making a personalized magnet!
If you decide to make some personalized magnets I would love to hear how it goes! What kind would you make?
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