Summer is a time when I snap an abundance of of photos, many of which are shared online on Facebook and Instagram to share memories with friends and family. Photos like these are such a terrific slice of everyday life, so why not turn these memories into a fun set of DIY photo magnets to enjoy even when you are away from your computer and phone? These magnets are a cinch to make with clever printable magnet sheets, and they are a terrific, inexpensive gift idea for anyone on your list. (Hello, Father’s Day!) I’ve made a cute printable tag that you can download for free to make packaging up a gift set of these magnets as easy as can be. Let’s get started!
To make a set of DIY photo magnets, you will need…
- Printable Magnetic Sheets*
- A Computer and Inkjet Printer
- Instagram Photos (or any photos cropped to a square size)
- Paper Trimmer* and/or Scissors*
- White Cardstock*
- Baker’s Twine* or String
- Hole Punch*
To begin, use your phone’s built-in editing software or your favorite photo app (my personal favorite that I use every single day is A Color Story–you really should check it out!) to perform any edits you wish to crop, add filters, adjust color, etc. Once your photos are ready to go, transfer them from your phone or camera, either by connecting your phone directly to your computer, or by simply emailing the files to yourself and downloading them from there.
Now, use your favorite photo editing software to print the photos onto the shiny, white side of one of the magnet sheets. (See below for the method I use for this step using PicMonkey, a free online photo app that I always use for creating collages.)
Use the paper trimmer (or scissors) to cut out each magnet square.
To package, print the free printable gift tag sheet onto the white cardstock, and cut one of the tags out with scissors.
Punch a hole along the top edge. Cut a long length of the baker’s twine and lay the piece on a work surface. Bundle the magnets together in a neat stack, and lay the stack face down on the twine. Wrap the twine around the stack and then twist before flipping the stack over and securing with a knot on the front side.
Slip the gift tag over one of tails of twine, and secure with a bow. Your fun DIY photo magnets are complete!
In no time at all, you have a creative set of magnets perfect for sprucing up a fridge or packaging up as a thoughtful, personal gift. This is one DIY project with that requires a minimal investment of time and supplies but that is sure to be a hit!
Any dad is sure to love a set of these magnets to display on a file cabinet or wall board in his office. A set of these would also be a lovely memento of a special summer family trip. A set of these DIY photo magnets would also be a wonderful gift to send off to college with a recent grad to display on a mini fridge in a dorm room!
There are so many possibilities!
Tips for printing with PicMonkey:
- Log on to PicMonkey.com. Click the Collage tab at the top of the page.
- Open the photos in PicMonkey. (A total of 9 photos is the perfect amount for this printing method.)
- On the left-hand side, click on the Layouts tab, and then select Square Deal. Select the 9-square box.
- Click back over to the Images tab, and then drag and drop your photos into the collage.
- Click Save just above the collage. Rename the file as desired, and then save it to the largest file size, which is called Sean.
- Once the file is saved, use your printer to print the collage onto the magnetic sheets and cut out the magnets as described above.