I have been leading a book study for the women’s group at church for the last nine weeks (based on the book “So Long Insecurity: You’ve been a bad friend to us” by Beth Moore). We have had a lot of fun and came up with a theme verse to remind us of our value as women (Proverbs 31:10b, 25 She is worth far more than rubies. She is clothed with strength and dignity; she can laugh at the days to come). I wanted there to be a lasting reminder of our value for the women in the study, so a sweet and creative friend and I decided to make fridge magnets with the verse on them. She makes jewelry, among many other beautiful things, so you can definitely see her influence! I had a request for the tutorial and since it was already written, I thought I would post it here. You could use any inspirational quote!
It was fairly inexpensive to make these magnets. You may already have the tools in your scrapbooking stash.
mat and craft knife
paper adhesive (I used a spray)
heavy duty magnets
thumb tack or hole punch
beads that come with a wire ring (or buy beads and rings)
a sheet of foam core
jewelry pliers or needle nose pliers
The most costly part was the charms, magnets, and beads, which we bought at Michael's. I spent maybe $25-30 to get enough to make 24, which is really not much. I bought two packages of each of the beads, magnets, and charms, so you could spend less to make fewer.
- Design your verse and flourish (think clip art) in a word processor or graphic editing program. You could use a business card template to make this easy! I inserted a clip art image and then flipped it upside down to make a top and bottom flourish. Print your verse and flourish on scrapbook paper (I cut mine to 8 1/2 x 11 to fit the printer). Cut out each verse with mat and craft knife (or paper cutter)
- Cut foam core (sometimes found at the Dollar Tree for a dollar, or pretty inexpensively at Wal-Mart) with your mat and craft knife, to the same size as your paper and glue paper to foam core. I used spray adhesive to get a good seal around the outside edge. Definitely spray this outside!
- Punch a hole with the thumbtack or hole punch and open the wire ring that came with the bead. String the wire and bead/charm through the hole. Close the wire ring with the pliers.
- Glue two large magnets to the back to make it sturdy. Voila, you have a fridge magnet!
I would love to see links in the comments if you make a magnet and post it on your blog!