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Sunday, March 27, 2011

alphabet magnets ... the cute way

LOVE this project! :-)
I have seen several ideas for DIY magnetic letters lately ... and I was SO glad I saw them before buying those plastic letters you see everywhere.
You know ... the ones that look like this:


No offense, but they're just not that cute. Especially displayed in my kitchen!
And since last week was Spring Break and I had nothing else to do (haha!), I decided to embark on a new adventure and make MY OWN magnetic letters for my lil' Lucy girl.

First stop: Michael's craft store ... where I picked up several packages of these round wooden discs. (I think they were about $3.00 each.)
Next step: painting the wood discs. I chose celery green (Krylon spray paint) because it matches the colors in my kitchen, and I'm assuming that's where these little babies will be spending a lot of time.
Here they are, all painted purdy green...
Next step (the step my husband thinks is completely nuts): distress the paint. He just doesn't get it. But you will see in a second why it IS important (well if you're going for the distressed look, anyway!)
I used a sandpaper sponge to sand around the edges of the discs, then used a paper towel to rub Distress Ink (walnut stain) around the edges.
See..?

Below you can see the difference ... the discs on the left are all distressed, the ones on the right are not. HUGE difference, huh? :)~ (sorry, I'm just one of those people who notices these things...)
My perfectly distressed wood discs.
I just wanted to hug 'em and kiss 'em, I loved them so much.

But it gets better! (crazy, I know)
I found these awesome letters (they come in stacks, which I'd never seen before) at Michael's, too. I was THRILLED to discover they fit perfectly on my wood discs.

The soft colors and cute patterns are just perfect for the look I was going for, too ... they're cute but not too cute to also look adorable on the stainless steel in my kitchen.
So I mod podged them onto the tops of my distressed discs. (I told you it got better. I was right, wasn't I?) :)~

Last step: a dot of Gorilla Glue and a round magnet (also purchased at Michael's).

And voila! A.....dorable alphabet magnets. L-O-V-E.

I'm already preparing to make a second batch ...


Tips (that I learned the hard way):
* You can sand the edges of more than one disc at a time - grab two or three and do them together - it'll save you a lot of time!
* Be careful not to mod podge the sides of the discs (where you have already distressed/inked) - it will peel the ink right off.
* A tiny dot of gorilla glue goes a LONG way. Don't use very much!

This whole process was .... well, it was a process - not gonna lie. It took me about three days to get them all finished up. But it was SO worth it, and it's a really good feeling to know Lucy's alphabet magnets were made with a lot of TLC by her Mama. Highly recommend. :-)

P.S. If you're looking for a different (and more boy-friendly) version of these, Roo at NiceGirlNotes has some great ones to check out, too! :-)


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56 comments:

  1. ahh! so cute! I love this tutorial:) great job!
    gina

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  2. very cute and far nicer than plastic $shop ones!

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  3. Very cute - going on my to-do-list!

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  4. I love your letters. So much cuter than the store bought plastic ones.

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  5. What a great idea! Thanks so much for stopping by my blog. I appreciate your comments! Have a great week!

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  6. Awesome! I hate to say that I have (let me rephrase... HAD) those ugly plastic on my fridge. They are now all over the floor and in every room but the kitchen. ugh.

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  7. By the way, I'm your newest follower ;) Over here by way of the girl creative!

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  8. Oh how absolutely darling!!! ;)

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  9. So that's what you were up to!! Very cute!! They have that vintage look : )

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  10. Love your new header too!! That picture of Lucy is angelic looking!!

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  11. Thanks for the tutorial, this is really a cute project.

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  12. These are VERY cute! I will be working on a boy version for my kiddos

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  13. Great idea! Once again I've found another project for the "to -do" list! ;)
    Thanks for sharing and linking up! I'm a new follower.

    Monica @ ellabellabutterfly.blogspot.com

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  14. I love these! Soo cute, and you make it look so easy. Love that distress ink ~ I need to get some, looks easy to use.

    Perfect for your little ones to learn all kinds of things. :)

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  15. This is such a cute idea, and so much prettier to look at then those plastic letters. I am totally with you on the distressing thing. It's a total must!

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  16. LOVE these, Bec! Thanks for the cute idea!

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  17. LOVE these! Can't wait to make them!

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  18. Great! I never would think to make my own (I'm cheap for things like this). These would be a great gift for a preschooler!

    Valerie-www.occasionallycrafty.blogspot.com
    Stop on by!

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  19. I love these! Thank you for sharing!

    http://januarysjune.blogspot.com

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  20. Love the alphabets stickers that you used. They look great!

    I am having a giveaway on my blog. $40 store credit from o&el(etsy) to get a kids drawstring backpack perfect for summer camps or a trip/spring hair accessories.All you have to do is leave a comment.
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  21. Thanks for the tutorial! And to think I was about to give in and buy the old-school, not so chic ones for our fridge! Too cute, and I totally get the attention to detail note...it's gotta be the way you want it!

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  22. Super cute idea, and I LOVE the pre-cut letter paper! Thanks so much for linking up at The Little Birdie!! :)

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  23. Bec-

    Every family needs these, and they should match the decor! I am drooling over how cute these are. I want to make some for my boys, but since they are in the age bracket of mouthing EVERYTHING. Mine would have to be much larger...

    I'd LOVE if you could share this with my readers tonight @Creative Juice Thursday. Party starts @ 7pm CST. Get your crafting shoes on. Hope to see you there...

    p.s. following you now. love what you have going on here!

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  24. This is fantastic! I have a magnetic wall and am ALWAYS looking for great magnets, and now I can just go out and make them! Thank you so much for this post! Please visit me and my magnetic wall at twogingerprinces.blogspot.com

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  25. That is such a great idea! So, so cute! Much better than those big ole plastic letters!

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  26. Stopping by from the Friday Blog hop. I LOVE those I want some for myself. Have a great weekend and stop by any time.
    Hand Crochet Photo Props and more
    Etsy: http://www.etsy.com/shop/ThisanThatBoutique
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  27. These are SO cute, what a great idea!

    I came over from Just a Girl.

    Jodi

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  28. Those are so cute. They do seem involved! It always feels so good to finish a project like that. Nice work and thanks for sharing!

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  29. These are SO cute! I am going to feature them on my blog tomorrow! Stopping over from Fingerprints on the Fridge.

    www.thegunnysack.com

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  30. This is a great idea. I saw you at Feature Yourself Friday at Fingerprints on the Fridge.

    Today is my blog's first linky party. I would love for you to add this: http://koolbeenz-blog.blogspot.com/search/label/Funky%20Fresh%20Fridays.

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  31. Oh I love it! Someone gave us those ugly plastic ones a long time ago, and I hide them because I hate to look at them. This will be much better! Thanks for sharing.

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  32. These are ADORABLE! We havent had our spring break yet I am going to try these I think my Eli will love them!

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  33. I love love love these!!! Great job! Just popping over from the TT&J party :)

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  34. hiya i came by from fingerprints on the fridge and i am following you too x what a really cute project and one i will be trying it myself for my granddaughter x hope to see you at mine sometime too
    xmaggiex

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  35. I am featuring these over at Making the World Cuter tomorrow-too too cute! :)

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  36. so cute! feel free to share at our weekend long party. super cute blog, btw!

    (: kelli & kristi
    Lolly Jane

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  37. sooooo gonna do this too! i saw this lady took a cookie sheet and spray painted it to match the magnets...boom instant magnet tray!!

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  38. SO cute, I might have to try my own version! Thanks for the inspiration. And I definitely get it about the distressing.

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  39. Oh my goodness !! Such great idea's !!!!!!! Thank you !!!

    http://sailingwithbarefeet.blogspot.com/

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  40. Bec, I love this! I had already purchased the plastic letters because I saw them on sale but now I think I will save them for my classroom and do this for the house instead! So glad I found your blog.

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  41. I absolutely love this idea! I am going to feature this on somewhat simple next Thursday!

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  42. HoH thinks you are fantastic!

    I've featured you at this weeks link party.

    Stop by and grab a button. You so deserve it!

    xoxo

    Allison @ House of Hepworths

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  43. Bec really cute idea and they turned out great!! I think this would be fun to do with Isabella. Oh and I found you at Allison's!

    xoxo
    Karena
    Art by Karena

    Come and enter my New Giveaway from Serena & Lily! You will love it!

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  44. How adorable! My sister was looking for the little alphabets too. I'll have to tell her about this! :)

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  45. What a fabulous idea, I have those alphabet letters from Michaels and never used them. I love how they will match my deco and if I loose a letter I just make another one.
    Thanks :)

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  46. I would love to do these, but I searched Michael's store and their website--no sticky alpha stax :(

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  47. Thanks for the DIY! I shared your project on my blog. Check it out here:
    http://squishycheeksandcupcakes.blogspot.com/2012/05/day-4alphabet-magnets.html

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