In search of a handmade gift for the grandmas on Mother’s Day, I of course turned to Pinterest. I saw these super cute magnets and set out to make a set of my own (one set for each grandmother and a set for me too 🙂 It was a very low cost gift and simple to make. You’ll more than likely have supplies left over so this is something you could even make each year since kids keep growing.
– You’ll need small photos, or to make them small. You’ll want the face to be an inch or less to fit nicely in the center.
– I used Mod Podge, but any glue that dries clear will work
– You need a strong magnet to hold it up; I found ceramic magnets work the best and come in the perfect round shape.
1. Print Photos
I found the photos I wanted to use and in Photoshop and resized them so that the face was just an inch or smaller to fit. I printed mine at Walgreen’s, but you can also just print them at home as well. I find it cheaper to print them there than to use up all of my color ink at home.
2. Cut & Glue Photos
Since each bead is shaped and sized a little differently, I took the bead, laid it on the photo and traced around it before cutting it out. I cut it inside of the line I drew so that it doesn’t hang over the edge of the bead. I then took the glue and made a circle around the edge of the photo. I pressed down and then placed a weight on top while it dried. I used a wooden cutting board as my weight.
3. Glue on Magnets
Once the photo is dry, you’ll want to add the magnet to the back. I just put a dab of Mod Podge on the magnet and placed it on the back. I let it dry and then I wrapped them up in a pretty package as a gift.
4. Hang and Enjoy, or Gift Away
I gave a set to each grandmother and kept a set for myself to enjoy. I’ll definitely be making more in the future as my boys grow. They are really cute and fun.