Have you gone through all of your photos from your summer vacation? You probably snapped a ton of them and now they are sitting in a folder on your computer’s hard drive just waiting for you to do something with them. Well here’s a great gift idea, and you don’t even have to have them printed on photo paper. Plain old copy paper will do.
These particular magnets are photos from vacations past. I selected a bunch of photos of different vacations we have taken over the years. You could make these for just this year’s summer vacation shots, or get creative and do family photos of your kids to send to grandparents as a Christmas present.
Whatever you decide, they are fun to make and functional too. :) I used Mod Podge Acrylic Shapes for this project. They are acrylic shapes made by Mod Podge. They come in a multi-pack for around $5 or $6.
I used Microsoft Word for this project. Simply locate the photos on your computer and insert them or drag them onto a Word document. This allows you to easily resize them by clicking the photo and dragging the corner of the image to make it smaller. You may need to experiment with sizes by printing once or twice until you achieve the size that you need.
Once printed, SPRAY the print out with acrylic sealer, both front and back. This step is important, as it will seal the printer’s ink keeping it from smearing or running during the decoupage process. Allow the sealer to dry completely.
Once dry, position the acrylic shapes on top of your printouts.
Trace the acrylic shape onto the printed photo.
Using scissors cut out the shape around the photo, cutting just inside your tracing line.
Find words or phrases that coincide with your photos and cut them out from outdated road atlases and old books or magazines.
Attach the words to the photos using a small amount of decoupage medium and allow it to dry for 30 minutes.
Apply decoupage medium to the acrylic shape, covering the surface completely.
Press the acrylic shape, wet side down on top of your photo. Press firmly to push out any air. Turn the shape over and use your finger to carefully smooth it and push out any remaining air bubbles.
Apply a coat of decoupage medium over the back of the photo and allow them to dry for about an hour. Use white craft glue to attach a magnet to the back.
HINT: Don’t use hot glue to attach the magnets. While it will work for a little while, eventually the hold let’s go and your magnet will come off. Use white craft glue or something like E6000® Craft Adhesive.
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