Thrifty Thursday – noun
Pronounced: Thrifty |ˈθriftē| Thursday |ˈθərzˌdā; -dē|
1. A day to which posts based on thriftiness are uploaded for your viewing pleasure, be it op-shop discoveries, crafty projects or yummy new recipes…
It’s true. I admit it.
I am addicted to Instagram.
In case you have been living under a very large rock (or you don’t have an Iphone) and you don’t know what I am talking about, Instagram is an Iphone only application that allows you to instantly edit and share photographs that you capture on your phone.
But with all of that time I spend in the world of IG, what is to be done with all of the happy images I have that are filling up my phone?
I wanted to make our Christmas gifts this year, so I decided, what better way to use these pretty little pictures than to turn them into super awesome fridge magnets?!!
These were really fun to make, and although a little finicky, I am really happy with how they have turned out.
So today’s Thrifty Thursday post is all about DIY photo magnets – in case you’d like to make some yourself.
There are already quite a few tutorials online about how to make your own magnets. One that I found to be most helpful in making my magnets is here. She even gives you a free template download for polaroid frames! How handy!
Here’s how I did it:
- 8 x 12 print with photos taken and edited on my Iphone
- Mulched cardboard (about three millimetres thick), it is actually the back cover of a scrapbook
- Magnet strip
- Photo glue (to mount the photos to the cardboard)
- Clear Decoupage glaze (acid free)
- Thin paint brush (to paint the glaze onto the photos)
- Rotary cutter
- Cutting mat
I collated my iphone photos together in photoshop. I printed 24 images that were 2 x 2 inches each onto each 8 x 12″ print.
I then mounted the 8 x 12 print to the cardboard, and cut each square out with the rotary cutter.
Each square was then coated with 2 separate coats of glaze – on the top and on the sides. I left about 30 minutes between each coat.
Then I cut the magnet strip into square segments, and stuck them to the back of the pictures with glaze (it worked really well as a glue).
Then I hastily swiped ALL of the existing magnets off of our refrigerator, to make room for these lovely new ones. :D