Thursday, January 2, 2014

DIY Magnetic Poetry

I have an unnatural fondness for small, random things. And refrigerator magnets. And words. So when I came across the Magnetic Poetry Kit in a little downtown gift shop I reallyreallyreallyREALLY thought I needed it. NEEDED IT. They had one of the kits on display on a metal board and I stood in the store for a good 30 minutes shuffling the words around.


However, $15 seemed kinda steep to pay for a bunch of word magnets, and they didn't look that hard to make. So LET US MAKE OUR OWN.

DIY Word Magnets

:: Adhesive Magnetic Sheets 
{These are large flat magnets that have a peel-y sticky side. I got mine at Walmart}


:: Microsoft Word or other computer word processor program

:: Printer

:: Magazines

:: X-Acto knife

:: Scissors


STEP UNO : Your first task shalt be to open your word processor on your computer; Microsoft Word, Notepad, so forth. 

STEP SECOND : FUN TIME PART! Type random words! Seriously. Just go crazy and type whatever words come to mind. If you need some help with words, check out this website that generates random words, or this blog post that has several great examples of some standard words. I just started by typing random sentences. Note the 'Taco Bell'. Taco Bell plays a very important role in my life. WatcanIsay.

STEP TREE : Print out your words using your handy dandy printer.

SO since my printer pooped out on me, I decided to go the magazine route instead. Whichever you decide, the remaining steps are the same. 

STEP SECOND (again) : Grab yourself a magazine or four!

and your X-acto knife!

STEP THREE (again) : Go through your magazines and cut out words that strike your fancy! ALL THE WORDS. Anything. The more random the better. Don't forget to cut out the basic filler words also, like 'it' and 'the' and 'is' and 'shrubbery'.

STEP FOURTH : Take your magnetic sheet and gently peel the paper backing off of a small portion. I like to peel the paper as I go so I don't get lots of dusty dirty particles thingies on the remaining sticky part.

STEP FIVE : Take your cut out words and place them face up on the sticky part of your magnet. If you printed off your words from the computer, cut the excess edges off of your piece of paper and place it on the sticky side of your magnet.

STEP SICKS : Cut out your words, trimming the excess magnet pieces down.

STEP SEVEN : After you have trimmed up your words, you're done! Slap them proudly on your refridgerator or throw them into an old Altoid tin and give them as a present to that handsome someone in your life :)

This is a great project for a rainy day, and the awesome thing is, you can add to your word collection whenever you want to!


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