If you are a clean freak and have no such things, I salute you! Excellent!Fabulous!You are a clever person, and will need to buy some new magnetic strip (which I know you can buy brand from art and craft shops)to make these pretty magnets.
This past weekend, with grey skies, rain and more rain, I had a fit of wild cleaning delirium. I even cleaned the fridge, and went through all my magnets, and turfed out the broken and the ugly. I was about to chuck out all those that did not meet the cut, when I realised that though a bit grubby they were actually not broken, and still completely usable. It seemed wasteful to just throw them away, when all they needed some love and TLC.
So I put my thinking cap on, and though I am a most imperfect and random crafter, I came up with this idea, and was pretty chuffed with myself too!
To make my up-cycled magnets I used:
- Dodgy ugly old magnetic strips
- A small sheet of white cardboard (I used A4 size)
- A pencil
- Tape from the Scotch Expressions range, such as:
Then I lay them onto the white card, and traced around them.
Using scissors, I cut out each magnet shape traced, but cut just inside each line, so that each shape ended up being a little smaller than the actual magnet.
These little white squares and shapes are for going on top of each magnet, so that the printing underneath does not show through, effectively giving us a nice clean slate to start on.
After placing the white card on top of the right magnet, I used a strip of Scotch Expressions Tape to hold the card onto the magnet, (as above in the photo) gently laying it on top and then tucking and sticking the tape overhang onto the back of the magnet.
Then I just I kept sticking tape on, in various colour ways and styles, covering the front of the magnet. I had no set template, I just played around - some with diagonals, some with alternating colour stripes, some plain.
For some magnets, I stuck a different colour tape around the edges like a frame. I even got a bit fancy and made letters for a few, designating who the magnet was for!
Over this went a bright lovely luscious pink. For the final touch, I drew on some seeds with a permanent marker. Done!
In the end I had made some really colourful and happy magnets, a zillion times better than the ugly things they once were. The kids were thrilled and wanted to make their own... and so they did.
I truly love it when they turn off their devices and they get all crafty with me, all of us inspired and talking about things we can do. Job done and a well pleased happy Mum!
1. Colour code a set of magnets, so that each family member has colour, and that colour magnet is used for all their notes. ORGANISATION PLUS! OMG!
2. Put a letter for each person in the family on the magnets too... cannot believe I have never thought of this before.
3. Use tape that exactly matches my decor, my kitchen, my studio, the study... yes very grown up and swish.
And just in case you were wondering... YES, Scotch tape provided me with the yummy tapes to make this project. Thank you Scotch tape!