Every fridge with dirty fingerprints at the bottom of the door has them. You know, those primary colored letters. ABC magnets are a great way to expose your little one to the alphabet. And as your child begins to learn to read, the magnets are perfect for spelling practice, with no waste of paper.
But why do your ABC magnets have to be plain red, yellow, and blue? Why not have magnets that fit the décor of your kitchen? And you don’t have to go hunting for designer ABC magnets. You can make your own.
What you’ll need
Wood letters (buy from craft store; I chose light-weight ones that I had to pop out of a wood board)
Roll of magnet with sticky back (buy from craft store)
What to Do
- On the scrapbook paper, trace each wood letter. You’ll want to place the face of the letter (the side you will glue the paper to) so it faces the back of the paper as you trace it.
- Cut out each traced letter.
- Use Mod Podge to glue the cut-out paper letters to the wood letters.
Tip for using Mod Podge: With your sponge brush, put a layer of glue on the wood letter; be sure to cover every corner. Place the paper over the glue and smooth with your fingers, getting rid of any bubbles or creases. Then put a layer of glue over the paper you just glued to the wood letter. The glue will dry and leave a glossy or matte finish, depending on the type of glue you bought.
Note: Your paper may bubble, but it should flatten out as it dries.
- After the glue dries, cut the magnet roll into pieces to stick on each letter, similar to what I have done here:
Note: You may need to place a book or heavy object on the magnet letters when you are finished in order to press the magnets to the paper, especially for pieces you cut closer to the center of the roll.
And, you’re done! Place the magnets on your fridge and have fun.
Do you have any fun education and crafty ideas? We’d love to hear about them.