DIY Washi Tape Magnetic Clips

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DIY Washi Tape Magnets - Washi Tape Craft Project Ideas
Washi tape is useful for dressing up so many household items and craft projects. And because a little tape goes a long way, you’ll find you really get more bang for your buck by using it to craft with. One of the easiest Washi tape craft projects you’ll ever make is this one – pictured above – for DIY Washi Tape Magnetic Clips.
DIY Washi Tape Magnetic Chip Clips - Handmade Chip Clips Using Washi Tape for Decoration
For this project, I picked up a pack of four magnetic clips from Target for a dollar. (They were at the front of the store in their $1 bins.) Although you can probably find these at a dollar store as well. All I did was add a small strip of Washi tape across each magnetic clip. And voila! Plain black magnetic clips are now fun to look at! Use these clips on your fridge for notes, on the mailbox for outgoing mail, as chip clips, or whatever else you may need a clip for!

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DIY Shrinky Dinks Magnets – Great Rainy Day Weekend Kids’ Craft Project

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I was recently inspired by some lovely, handmade shrink film jewelry I discovered through Painting Bliss blog. It in turn led to my son and I crafting our own DIY shrinky dinks magnets for the fridge!

Ashlie Blake, author of Painting Bliss blog (since defunct) is also the designer behind the lovely necklace pictured above. She makes a variety of beautiful, shrink film necklaces and earrings that I have just fallen in love with. I am really hoping she decides to put these beauties up for sale in her Etsy shop.

Easy DIY Shrinky Dinks Magnets! A simple fun rainy day kids craft project. Learn how to craft your own DIY shrinky dinks magnets to decorate your fridge! This is a great kids craft project and it's perfect for a rainy weekend!

In the meantime, I was so inspired by Ashlie’s work, I decided to pull out some shrinky dinks paper I have had stashed away and give my son a little weekend project. He used this concept to make me some new refrigerator magnets.

Because I love dragonflies, he made me a dragonfly in a jar magnet. (He also crafted a butterfly magnet for my fridge and a bracelet for his girlfriend by punching holes in the shrinky dinks paper before shrinking then stringing together on string.)

If you were a child of the 80s then you may remember just how awesome shrinky dinks were. Well, they still are. Except rather than coloring in pre-printed designs, now you get to design your own!

This is a terrific kids project and adults love making shrinky dinks too! There are so many applications from jewelry and magnets to mobiles and herb markers!

DIY Shrinky Dinks Magnets

Here’s what you need:

Frosted Ruff & Ready Shrinky Dinks Paper
Colored Pencils
Imagination
Oven
Brown Paper
Cookie Sheet
Scissors
E6000 Glue
Rare Earth Magnets

Here’s what you do:

Easy DIY Shrinky Dinks Magnets! A simple fun rainy day kids craft project. Learn how to craft your own DIY shrinky dinks magnets to decorate your fridge! This is a great kids craft project and it's perfect for a rainy weekend!

1. Either trace an image you like or design your own image and draw it onto the rough side of a shrinky dinks plastic sheet using colored pencils. Regular colored pencils work fine, but if you want a really rich color, opt for PrismaColor pencils. They’re pricey, but they’re good!

Easy DIY Shrinky Dinks Magnets! A simple fun rainy day kids craft project. Learn how to craft your own DIY shrinky dinks magnets to decorate your fridge! This is a great kids craft project and it's perfect for a rainy weekend!

Easy DIY Shrinky Dinks Magnets! A simple fun rainy day kids craft project. Learn how to craft your own DIY shrinky dinks magnets to decorate your fridge! This is a great kids craft project and it's perfect for a rainy weekend!

2. Color your image in completely. Don’t be afraid to press hard. The richer the color on the plastic, the more vivid your final piece. You can outline the edges with a permanent black marker for a bolder look if you like.

Easy DIY Shrinky Dinks Magnets! A simple fun rainy day kids craft project. Learn how to craft your own DIY shrinky dinks magnets to decorate your fridge! This is a great kids craft project and it's perfect for a rainy weekend!

3. Cut your image out of the shrinky dinks plastic with scissors.

Easy DIY Shrinky Dinks Magnets! A simple fun rainy day kids craft project. Learn how to craft your own DIY shrinky dinks magnets to decorate your fridge! This is a great kids craft project and it's perfect for a rainy weekend!

4. Place the shrinky dinks image on brown paper – I used a brown paper bag – on a cookie sheet.

Easy DIY Shrinky Dinks Magnets! A simple fun rainy day kids craft project. Learn how to craft your own DIY shrinky dinks magnets to decorate your fridge! This is a great kids craft project and it's perfect for a rainy weekend!

5. Bake the shrinky dinks in the oven at 325 degrees Fahrenheit for 1-3 minutes. If the edges curl badly, you can quickly flatten them down with a spatula or chopstick.

Easy DIY Shrinky Dinks Magnets! A simple fun rainy day kids craft project. Learn how to craft your own DIY shrinky dinks magnets to decorate your fridge! This is a great kids craft project and it's perfect for a rainy weekend!

6. Remove your shrunken art from the oven and allow to cool for a minute. Then remove your shrinky dinks from the paper and pan.

Easy DIY Shrinky Dinks Magnets! A simple fun rainy day kids craft project. Learn how to craft your own DIY shrinky dinks magnets to decorate your fridge! This is a great kids craft project and it's perfect for a rainy weekend!

7. To turn your shrink dinks into DIY shrinky dinks magnets, simply glue a rare earth magnet onto the back with some E6000 glue. Allow to dry.

Easy DIY Shrinky Dinks Magnets! A simple fun rainy day kids craft project. Learn how to craft your own DIY shrinky dinks magnets to decorate your fridge! This is a great kids craft project and it's perfect for a rainy weekend!

8. Then stick your new DIY shrinky dinks magnets on the fridge or other magnetic surface to enjoy! These are not only fun for everyday, but also make great gifts from the kids for Mother’s Day!

For more kids craft projects and ideas, be sure to check out my Kids Craft Projects board on Pinterest.

DIY Magnetic Spice Jars – For Organizing and Freeing Up Counter Space

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We don’t have a lot of counter space in my new kitchen. And the cabinets we have are small. Not to mention our kitchen isn’t exactly a modern one – after all, the house we are renting is over a hundred years old. So counter space is a commodity. But with a boyfriend who likes to cook, spice jars can quickly clutter what counter space there is.

I have long loved the idea of magnetic spice tins and had planned to craft some for our new space. However, after really digging into reviews, I found that many of the tins don’t seal tightly which has led to issues with the herbs staying as fresh as possible. There were also stories of sea salt ending up in solid blocks in magnetic tins. Unable to find tins that had great reviews for this purpose, I decided to instead use the original jars my spices came in – or buy empty glass jars with screw tops – and instead make them magnetic.

This is what I started with. Spice jars lined up on the counter. I went ahead and bought some basic spices in jars just to get started, but I’ll be refilling these with bulk spices and herbs from Mountain Rose Herbs so I can buy organic and save money.
I then made new labels for my jars just for fun. Of course, new labels are optional. But they can be changed from time to time. You can either decoupage labels or make your own. I made my own labels by hand drawing the type of herb or spice onto whole sticker label sheets I purchased in bulk from Onlinelabels.com. I used a ruler to mark how high on the sticker paper the labels should be then drew my images and wording within that section with permanent Bic Markers.
The existing labels I could get off of my spice jars I peeled off. The ones that wouldn’t come off easily I left on. I then removed the backing from the sticking paper.
And adhered my new labels to the jars over the old ones.
I then took some E6000 Glue to affix two 25 Neodymium Rare Earth Magnets to the back of the jar. (I bought my glue and magnets from Candy Tiles on Etsy.)
And then allowed the glue to dry completely.
Once the glue dried all the way, I was able to place my herbs and spices on the side of the fridge for easy access and clear up some counter space. Alternately, you could also hang a spice tin wall base on a wall in an area you’d like to store your spice jars.

Now everything is right where we need it and we can easily add more jars to the side of the fridge as our spice and herb collection grows.

What types of things have you done in your kitchen to organize and save space?

DIY Magnetic Tin

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Yesterday I went a little crazy making things with some rare earth magnets. While I had them out I decided to make a tin to hold my chalk for writing on my chalkboard cabinet doors.
My Chimes Ginger Chews tins were the perfect size for holding my chalk and I love the tins just the way they are. However, if you want to use this idea, feel free to decoupage the tins first with some of your favorite scrapbook papers or fabric. All I did was glue two rare earth magnets onto the back of the tin with some E6000 and let dry.
Then I filled the tin with chalk and stuck it to the fridge! Now the chalk is in easy reach for both the family and guests when they come over without having to dig through drawers.
Need other things close at hand in the kitchen? Use tins to hold pens, pencils and short scissors as well! What small items or utensils do you like to keep at hand in the kitchen that would fit into a magnetic tin on the fridge?

Shake it like a Polaroid picture.

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Yesterday evening I was watching a sort of twisted romantic, indie comedy called Camille on Netflix instant queue. It was strange for more than one reason but the main ones being a.) I don’t watch comedies, b.) Camille is pretty much dead through most of the love affair, and c.) she has a fascination with her Polaroid camera.
Camille is a newly wed who takes photos of absolutely everything from the planning of her wedding – a photo of a magazine couple in their wedding garb with the faces replaced with cut outs of hers and her fiance’s – to the day of the wedding when she carries the camera up the aisle with her – to the journey to Niagra Falls for the couple’s honeymoon where she shoots the strangers she meets in a diner along the way.
Anyway, the movie made me miss Polaroid cameras. And it kills me that the neither the film nor the cameras are being produced any longer. I have hopes that in the next decade or so when all of the film has been extinguished from ebay, some sentimental company will pop up and take on the journey of reinventing the nostalgia of our “young adulthood” again. I mean, haven’t they done that already with the many toys and movies of our childhood?
In the meantime, I discovered this diy project for creating Tiny Polaroid Magnets over at Ambrosia Girl Blog. While the final product isn’t actually a Polaroid picture – the song “Hey Ya” is coursing through my brain now – it does offer the semblance of that once popular trend. The Polaroids are created in Photoshop, though Gimp is a free option that I use, and can be manipulated for any photograph you’ve uploaded to your computer. The author of this craft tutorial even offers a .zip file for download of a Polaroid frame you can use. You can find instructions for this entire project over at Ambrosia Girl Blog here.
In the meantime, I want to see more Polaroid shots! Should you know of a Polaroid craft or photo, please share a link! I’d love to see any craft projects, pictures, or products for sale that are related to or inspired by the long lost Polaroid!