Look what I made yesterday! I had this brainstorm about making dry erase magnets back when I was making magnet projects for the May club, but I was just going to try it with white paper, for a plain white background… then I saw this tutorial via Craft: and thought of using images for the backgrounds! Now I have a great looking note-taking station on my fridge!
First you’ll need a basic flat magnet – freebie promo magnets work fabulously. If you can find an image that’s light and low-contrast enough that you’ll be able to see notes written over it, then you just need glue (glue stick works well) and packing tape – higher quality, thick tape is ideal, as opposed to the really cheap, thin type.
Cut the image (could be: magazine/book picture, photograph, printed out image, etc) into a rectangle a bit bigger than the magnet. Glue it onto the magnet, then trim the paper neatly around the edges. (Now it’s probably good to let the glue dry, but I didn’t because I was anxious to finish and see how it worked!)
Smooth a piece of packing tape over the front – as you can see below, my packing tape was just a wee bit more narrow than my magnet… Since my magnets are thin and easy to cut with scissors, I decided to trim the magnet to tape size, but you can also deal with this problem by layering another piece of tape to cover the whole surface:
Trim the tape around the edges and your functional dry erase magnet is complete!
If you want to use an image that’s too dark/bright/high-contrast for the writing to be clear on top, then you can add an extra step to make it work… You’ll just need tracing paper or tissue paper (or some other kind of paper that’s translucent enough for the image to show through, but will dull it enough so the writing will be clear), plus basic white glue (or Mod Podge will work) and a brush for the glue:
Complete the first couple of steps from above – cut out the image and glue it onto the magnet – then spread out white glue over the top of the image (photo is before spreading it out with the brush):
Now smooth the tracing paper or tissue paper over the top… I used tissue paper because it’s all I had, but I’d expect tracing paper to work much better, since it wouldn’t tear nearly as easily. On my first try, I attempted to smooth out the tissue with my fingers, ended up tearing the paper badly, and had to peel it off and start over. So, just smooth it out the best you can without ripping it:
Then trim the edges, add the tape over the top (after the glue is dry would be best), just like the first version above, and there you go! By the way, both of my images came from an old yarn company catalog – great source for background images!
To complete your refrigerator’s dry erase station, you’ll need a clip magnet big and strong enough to hold a dry erase marker, and if there’s a spot where you can stick a piece of paper towel to use as an eraser, excellent! Or, you can make one of these awesome fridge tin pen holders by Not Martha!
And then my other note-taking magnet idea – this one needs no tutorial because it’s so simple – chalkboard magnet! Buy some chalkboard paint at your local craft supply store (I used this kind), follow the instructions on the container to paint over your basic flat magnet, and tah dah! Love it!
And then going back to my club magnet projects to finish things off… I mentioned these over here, but not in any detail. I used a simple foam stamp (from the dollar section at Joann, impulse buy!) to stamp designs onto old book pages, then cut out the shapes and layered them on the magnets:
You could use the same concept with drawings over the book pages, or you could layer pictures from magazines or photographs over the text background… this one is a rectangle of book page with a stamp on it, then another cut-out stamp design layered over that. I like the look of the text going in different directions on the 2 layers:
Then the final magnet idea, also from the club, was record album artwork magnets – no instructions needed, just cut out a piece of old album cover and glue it onto the magnet:
If you make over some reclaimed magnets using any of these ideas, I’d love to see them! Happy crafting!