I was pointed in the direction of a very cute craft at The Polka Dot Chair the other day and thought it would be perfect for gifts for my nieces, nephews and my own kiddos. I thought, this way, they each could display artwork or special notes or something on the fridge and they could take ownership of all their hard work. Kids like to be recognized for stuff like that right? Seemed like such a good idea. Now the beautiful watercolor art that they bring home won't be tarnished by the broken Spongebob magnet remnant.
I recommend you go make some of your own. Cheap, cute and useful. The best kind of craft.
Paint the fronts and side of the wood pieces and allow to dry.
cover the face of the wood with decoupage medium, cover with a square of scrapbook paper and smooth out the wrinkles.
Step three: Sand the edges (carefully) with fine grit sandpaper and (gently) pull off the excess paper.
Sand the sides of the wood shapes to smooth out the edges.
Cut out the names or phrases that you would like on the project and apply a think layer or decoupage medium to the entire surface of the shape. Apply the letters and coat them in another layer. Allow to dry.
Attach heavy duty magnets to the back with super adhesive such as E-6000. Then embellish the front if you desire. I did add some bling and flowers and buttons to the girl ones, but decided to leave the boy ones alone.
I gave these gifts to my nieces and nephews this afternoon and they were a big hit. It was fun! Of course, the Valentine themed gummy bears that I added to the packages didn't hurt either. :)