You will need:
magnets you want to re-purpose (you could buy new, blank ones but I went for the free stuff and used a handful of large magnets with local emergency info and business ads on them)
black acrylic paint
your children's artwork
First, I painted the magnets with black acrylic paint. It only took one coat for me.
I cut my magnets into fourths but you could cut them to any style. These magnets were extremely easy to cut and I probably could have used a fancy scrapbook scissor to scallop the edges if I wanted.
I had the kids make some smear art. I gave them card stock and dabbled paint on it and let them smear away. I did stifle their creativity by selecting the colors for each page myself so they were complimentary. But, the kids did a wonderful job poking and swishing around with their hands and fingers and even a couple small brushes. I love how they look!
I used fancy scrapbook scissors to cut out my tracings. I made sure to cut inside the line I traced so these cut-outs are slightly smaller than the size of the magnet.
Prior to this craft, I had taken photos of the kids with my own camera and had them developed at our local drugstore into mini-wallet sizes. I cut those photos out. Then, I made a template slightly smaller than the size of the photo. You can see in this picture that the yellow template is a bit smaller than the white photo behind it.
I traced the template on to the fancy square of my kid art I had already cut out. This is going to make a little frame for the photos.
I cut the middle of the frame out - the template I had traced.
Now there are three pieces of the magnet to assemble:
the cut-out magnet square
the card stock frame made from kid art
I put double-stick tape (left over from putting plastic on the windows) on the back of the photo and frame. This really helped hold it in place when I applied the Modge Podge.
On each magnet I taped the photo first, then the frame on top of it. I placed them all on waxed paper and got ready to Modge Podge.
When I applied the Modge Podge, it looked really milky and thick, but it dried clear and lovely!
I made these photo magnets assembly-line style and it didn't take long at all. They are not exactly high-quality, store-bought items but I think they look great! It made for a wonderful Christmas gift, especially with the incorporation of the kids' own artwork.
These could easily be done with stickers or other cut-outs for decoration. They would be very easy to personalize. You could also forgo the photo completely and do just kid art magnets!