DIY Craft | Tiny Polaroid Magnets.

4 Feb 2013


For the more crafty DIY minded of you, this is a brief 'how-to', if you wanted to make the tiny polaroid magnets that I mentioned in my Sunday Catch Up post towards the end of January. I made these as part of a Birthday present for my best friend, and although I had a few issues with them I'm really proud of how they turned out! I think they make such a cute addition to a fridge/magne tboard/radiator...anything you want to stick them on to!

They are actually really simple to make; I first saw how to make them here and then slightly adapted the instructions to fit what I envisioned in my head. First off, you need some thick cardstock (or a few pieces of thin card stuck together), a craft knife, magnetic tape, glue strips (if you're sticking the card together - which is what I did - although spray mount is infinitely better if you can stretch to it!), paper glaze, a polaroid frame template (which you can download free from here) and photo paper to print off your pictures.


Once you've chosen your pictures, printed them and stuck the photo paper to the card, you need to cut them out. Use a craft knife, so you get a really straight edge - its also so much easier and faster! Once you've cut them all out, cut the magnet tape to the size of the picture and stick it onto all the backs.


You could leave it here and keep them as they are, or you can add a paper glaze to give the magnets a raised glass-like finish. The glaze is quite temperamental and you need to make sure there aren't any bubbles that'll ruin the finish. It needs quite a lot of patience (not my virtue! so mine didn't turn out amazingly well!), and they then need to be left to dry overnight if you can, or for at least a few hours. Also, don't worry that the glaze looks cloudy when you first apply it, it will clear when its dry.


And, voila! You're done, pop them in a box and tie up with a ribbon and you've got a really cute personal gift :) Or, just keep them for yourself, I'm definitely going to make some for myself soon.


Let me know if any of you attempt this, or have made something similar. I love finding new crafty things to make :)

Aimée
Xxxx

10 comments :

  1. These are actually amazing! Great idea, will defi Italy have to try out for myself, thanks! :)


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  2. That's such a great idea! I am definitely going to try this :)
    Your blog is so pretty, I'm a new follower!

    xo
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  3. Why do you need to put the photo paper onto card stock first? Couldn't you just apply the photo paper directly to the tile?

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    1. You could do, but it would be really thin - unless you have a thick magnet obviously! Its personal prefernece really, so whatever works for you! :)

      Sorry it took me so long to reply! I didn't realise I had a comment!

      Aimee X

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    2. How do u get the pics so small???

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  4. Can you use hodge podge and/or clear spray paint instead of the paper glaze? I couldnt find any at michaels. :(

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    1. Apologies for the lengthy delay! I've never used Modge Podge myself so I couldn't say for sure! A clear spray paint would give it a nice seal, it just wouldn't have the slightly raised look that the paper glaze gives. I'm sure it would still look great though :) Xx

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  5. Haha - meant modge podge. Silly me

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  6. Love this idea. Any tips/programs to help downsize photo's to keep the same look?

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  7. The link to your template doesn't work. :\

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