Aug 31, 2013

DIY: tiny polaroid magnets
from instagram photos

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time : minutes
difficulty  ★  ☆ ☆  
would i do it again? : yes!

see how i made these after the jump!

this is a project i've been meaning to do for...oooooooohhhhhh, seventeen years or so. i was inspired by this website -- but i was forced to interpret the pictures.

to start, i perused my instagram feed for favorite photos...
((you can find me on instagram @meandering_mari...))

i resized the chosen pictures to 1" square in photoshop, left a bit of room around each one, and printed on lightweight white cardstock.

...then i sliced them into polaroid-ish dimensions:
you know me, i just kind of eyeballed it.

too cute!

i used a plain ol' gluestick to adhere the pictures to thin magnet...
make sure you glue all the way to the edge so the edges don't flip up.

if i were to do these over, i'd probably use a stronger glue. at the time, i was in a crafting mood and just grabbed what i had on hand.

next, i trimmed the magnet to size.

finally, i brushed on some mod podge to protect the picture.

i'm not sure these magnets are actually strong enough to hold anything up...but they look darn cute on our fridge! please pardon the massive glare. :)
just another way for a picture-crazy lady to display some family photos. 

* mari


  1. I seriously want to make some of these! AND can I just tell you I impressed by your "eye balling" skills while cutting. Umm...yeah, they'r like perfectly cut. Mine would have too much white on one side....and so on.

    1. haha, thank you! i can't wait to see your version -- i know they'll have that extra-special crafty touch somehow... :)

  2. How did you resize them to 1x1 inch? What program did you use? Thanks!!

  3. How did you resize them to 1x1 inch? What program did you use? Thanks!!

    1. hi ben&patty, i resized them to 1" square in photoshop -- but i believe you can use any word processing program to do the same. please let me know if you have any other questions! :)

  4. Hi,
    I was wondering if it mattered if the pictures were printed on laser printer or inkjet? Where did you buy the magnets?

    1. hi lisa, i'm honestly not sure if it matters printer vs inkjet...the only blip i can think of is whether mod podge would smear the finished picture and i think as long as the ink is dry, you should be okay.

      i used free magnets we got from pizza delivery places, the doctor's office, etc -- but you should easily be able to find magnet sheets at the craft store and office supply stores. i *would* recommend getting thicker magnets since my thin, cheap, free ones don't seem to be able to hold anything on our fridge. they're just there for decoration. :)


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