I’m one of those people who loves to collect magnets. They’re usually souvenirs from places I’ve visited, like an Eiffel Tower one from Paris or a spray of flowers from Thailand. But, every once in a while, we like to make our own magnets. This week, we wanted to make something personal, something colourful and something easy to replicate.
Why should they be easy to replicate? Well, we intend to make them as gift sets. This particular set is for my cousins, so we drew out their initials in this cute font we found.
Time taken: 30-45 mins per magnet
Steps for Letter Magnets:
1. Paint the base in shades of green, liberally mixing in white and yellow. This makes a great base for the magnet.
2. Draw the initial’s outline and paint the darkest shade of green inside.
3. Draw a pattern inside the letter. We went with simple 4 petal flowers and straight lines. And painted the flowers white.
4. Using a thin marker, draw an outline in gold, while the white flowers are drying. After the rim, draw an outline of the letter in gold.
5. Using a thick marker, colour the side of the circle with gold.
6. Finish the design inside, with gold lines. You can also, add a small flower outside, to give the design more finish.
7. Paste a small magnet in the centre of the coaster, to complete the design.
Things to keep in mind:
- Gold smudges a lot, so it’s best to go slowly and let the gold dry.
- To trace the design, we usually draw the letter on a A4 sheet, shade the background and place it over the coaster. Next, we use a sharp pencil to draw over the letter, creating an imprint on the coaster.
- Paint the letter, only after the base has dried. Or the paint will mix with the base.
- You can buy all the of the materials online. We’ve linked them to online stores.
Let me know your thoughts on this design! Is it something you would want on your fridge? What letter would you like to make?