How freaking adorable are these little family magnet heads?
I started calling them “bobblehead magnets” because they remind me of those things that sit on your dashboard, with the head just floating around. These magnets may not move as much, but they're still totally animated! It's hilarious to watch the kids scoot them around the fridge and line them up and tell little stories with them. I want to get one of those magnet phrase sets and arrange them near Nana and Papa and Lars and Leilani's heads, having each of my family members saying something ridiculous on my refrigerator.
I'm easily amused.
This is the perfect gift for a loved one, especially someone who may have moved into a new home recently and is looking to spruce things up! I was inspired to make these after I printed out my Christmas cards with our sponsor CVS. They have super high-quality photo prints that are ready in an hour, and they're perfect for crafts like this.
I made a quick collage of some favorite family photos on PicMonkey and then went to www.cvs.com/photo to order my prints. I also got some gloss Mod Podge, 11/16″ magnets and a 1/2″ circle punch.
I didn't have any specific rhyme or reason to my photo layout, simply cramming as many photos as I could on one 4×6″ and printing a couple extras in case I messed up. You can get really specific with sizing in Photoshop, but basically you want to shoot for 20 or so faces per 4×6″ photo. Roughly space it out like three rows of six faces, and you'll be good.
As you can see, some of our family member's faces are big on the magnets, and some are smaller. It adds to the charm!
Glob a little Mod Podge on there and then spread it out in a thin layer. Place the photo on top of the glue, let dry for a few minutes, and then top with another thin layer.
You have to work quickly because this stuff dries fast. I've done Mod Podge projects with home-printed photos in the past and actually had the ink from the photo run and smear when it came in contact with the glue. That's a testament to how high-quality these prints from CVS are. The ink held fast and my family's smiling faces stayed put!
The Mod Podge dries to a clear finish, and your decoupage bobblehead magnets are ready to be put to use.
To gift a set to a family member, simply arrange them all on a large magnet sheet (available at any craft store) and add a bow! I laid mine out on a magnetic stove burner cover and added a cute phrase in the middle.
Family does, indeed, stick together.
Do you give handmade gifts over the holidays?
Disclosure: I’m proud to partner with CVS/pharmacy for the Holiday How To campaign. I am being sponsored by CVS/pharmacy for my posts and activities, but all opinions expressed are my own, and all product claims or program details shared should be verified at CVS.com or with the appropriate manufacturers.