Fun fact #3534 about me: I like magnets. Particularly magnets with words of some sort on them. The snarkier, the better. Keith and I had gotten a set of geeky word magnets awhile back and it prompted me to start thinking about how to make my own set with words that I commonly use. I had picked up the supplies for this way back in like July then promptly lost them when my office area got moved so when I came across the roll of magnet tape last weekend, I knew I had to finally make these.
How to Make Your Own Personalized Word Magnets
You’re going to need:
– A roll of adhesive magnet tape*
– Access to a printer
– An Xacto knife or scissors
*This particular magnet tape isn’t exactly strong so if you use it, these are pretty much for decoration or holding up a single sheet of paper only. You can also use some of those free business card/advertisement magnets and glue instead the magnet tape.
Start by printing all of the words out that you want to use. I made a spreadsheet in Excel that had 20 .5″ rows (the width of my tape) and was able to fit 6 columns at .9″ each and 1 column at 1.82″ each on a letter sized piece of paper. I also made the grid lines a super light shade of gray so that the words would be easier to cut out.
Now that your words are all printed, cut them out!
Cut sections of magnet (you can use scissors or the Xacto knife – both work well) that are approximately the same length as your words and peel the white paper off of the magnet.
Stick your word to the adhesive, trying to line the edges of the magnet up with your grid lines as closely as possible. If you don’t get it on straight, don’t worry since the next step is trimming!
Flip your magnet over and trim off any excess paper. Or excess magnet if the paper is smaller.
And voila! You’re done. If you want to seal these you can coat them in a thin layer of Mod Podge or clear nail polish, however it will cause the paper to become somewhat transparent so if you intend to seal these you may want to print your words on thicker paper or card stock.
Let’s ignore the fact that my fridge is in the most awkward, badly lit location in my entire apartment and focus on the fun magnets.
A Couple Things to Note
– As I said before, these magnets are not in any way strong so please don’t be surprised if they won’t hold much.
– You can use this same technique to make washi tape magnets (the glasses and mint polka dot magnets are both washi tape in the above pictures) or scrapbook paper magnets
Does anyone else have any ideas for making their own personalized word magnets? I’m debating whether I should make more on colored paper with different fonts.