How To Make Picture Frame Magnets At Home

Instructions on DIY picture frame magnets made from your inkjet printer with Microsoft Picture It! and three-dimensional frames with Modge Podge.

Digital cameras and home printers have brought photo-oriented crafts into the home more than any other time in the past. While many people automatically think scrapbook, numerous other crafts can be made involving photographs. Picture frame magnets are one such craft!

For use both on the fridge and in other areas of the house, which we will touch on here, frames incorporating magnets are undeniably FUN! How can you use them in places other than on the obvious kitchen fridge? With the advent of metal note boards and bulletin boards, even paint (Active Wall Magnetic Paint), that can turn an entire wall into a magnetic receptive wall, the possibilities are nearly endless.

Material for designing and creating your own frames to use on these surfaces are as extensive as the materials to hang them on. Magnets sized for frames come precut, and magnet sheets in various sizes, such as 8" x 10" and 4" x 6", along with sheets of inkjet printable paper that is pre-attached to a magnet in the same 8 ½" x 11" size, provide plenty of choices.



Turning these magnets into frames can produce welcome additions to your home décor!

Inkjet Printable Frames

The simplest way to create fun magnet frames is to start with the sheets of inkjet printable magnet paper. These run through your printer in the same manner as cardstock. Along with a computer program such as Microsoft Picture It! or other software that offers a selection of crafts, these can be produced quickly and with tons of fun! In Microsoft Picture It! open the "˜create a project' link and from there, simply select the frames option. From within the frames option, you can choose pre-made ideas or choose the "˜build your own' selection for a wide array of selections.

Three Dimension Magnetic Frames

Starting with a pre-cut frame shape, or by cutting the shape from a sheet of magnetic material, you can build a themed three-dimensional frame. After choosing your material for the backing, decide what you want to use on the front of the frame itself. Some suggestions include items that will accent the picture that you are going to use the frame for, such as small seashells for a beach scene, bits of leather and checked fabric for a western theme, or fabric salvaged from an old dance outfit for a favorite recital photo. Think outside the norm when trying to come up with useable accents, such as scraps of fabric, your scrapbook supplies, or any item that will highlight the photo. I incorporated several antique keys along with bits of lace like material salvaged from an old doily, on top of plain muslin fabric, for a sepia toned print of my daughter when she was small. I attached the muslin just to the topside of the magnet frame shape with fabric glue, allowing a bit of overlay to tuck to the back, just to cover the edges, making sure not to cover too much of the back. I then used "˜Modge Podge' to seal the muslin and create a finish that can be wiped clean when dry. While the muslin was wet with the "˜Modge Podge' I put extra where I wanted the keys placed, and glazed over them. I then did the same with the doily scraps. Modge Podge works great to seal just about any item down and allows you clean the frame. If you are worried about this changing the color of something, dab a bit in an inconspicuous spot and allow to dry thoroughly before using over the entire item.

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