Intelligencer Journal/Lancaster New Era
Stick it to your fridge with a little sarcasm and lots of wit
Although there are plenty of ways to share your thoughts and opinions online using various cartoons, photos and sayings from virtual companies, you can create your own therapy magnets with just a few supplies.
Using photo websites and your wit, in just a few minutes you can share your thoughts and make a magnet. Give them as gifts or save them for yourself.
Be sure when searching for fun photos that they are copyright-free and you have permission to reproduce them. Some of my favorites are graphicsfairy.blogspot.com, vintageimagesto go.com and vintagestockphotos.com. These sites are organized by theme or era and have easy-to-use search engines.
The key to making these magnets is tapping into your inner sarcasm and wit. If you'll be making them as gifts, personalize them with memories or funny situations that only the recipient will understand.
The backings on these magnets are just a 4-by-4-inch artist's palette that costs 50 cents at A.C. Moore.
A computer must be used for this craft. That may seem to make it less of a challenge in the craft world -- but not every project needs to be challenging. Some can just be fun, and this is one example.
For this project, you will need a computer, a 4-by-4-inch artist palette, Mod Podge, a foam brush, a nail file, a hot-glue gun and a heavy-duty magnet.
Begin by searching for your photo, then add your caption or fun saying to the photo. Size your photo to be a hair larger than 4-by-4 inches. This will allow you to create a clean edge.
Print out your photo and cut it to size. Apply a thin layer of Mod Podge to the palette and place the photo on top. Brush more Mod Podge on top, being careful to brush out any air bubbles.
Allow the Mod Podge to dry for several hours.
Run the nail file along the edges of the photo where the photo meets the palette and sand off the extra paper. This will create a clean edge for your magnet.
After you have removed all of the excess photo, apply another layer of Mod Podge and glue your magnet to the back with the hot-glue gun.