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Sealing Home-printed Photo Magnets

I got the cutest magnets for Mother's Day! They are photos of my grandsons that my daughter turned into magnets using her printer and magnetic paper. However, I'm not about to put them on the fridge in the kitchen, because I'm afraid they'll be ruined if they get wet or grimy, if something gets splattered on them, etc.

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These magnets are just paper with the photo printed in printer ink. I have barely touched them since I got them, but the edges are already fraying a bit just from touching them to move them!

I'm trying to figure out how to seal them so they are protected. I've thought about spray sealer for crafts, but am afraid it might make the ink run. I've also thought about laminate or clear shelf paper to seal it, but don't know if that would work well either.

Anybody have any experience on the best way to preserve these? Thanks!

By lyonpridej from Tulsa, OK

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May 15, 20110 found this helpful
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I have used acrylic spray to seal printer ink, so that I could use print-outs for decoupage. If possible, ask your daughter to print out something (color) on plain paper so you can test the spray. Once you spray and let it dry, you could seal them further with decoupage medium for durability. The spray will have a strong odor for a few days, be warned!

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May 16, 20110 found this helpful
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At the Dollar store I bought a roll of clear contact paper. I've used it to "sandwich" lots of paper and fabric crafts I wanted to preserve.

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June 25, 20120 found this helpful
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My friend always prints pics on regular paper then just laminates them. They always turn out great too! I think you should try this as a liquid may ruin it. Good luck

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May 15, 20110 found this helpful

You could buy a roll of clear packageing tape and cut it to size to cover the front.

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May 17, 20110 found this helpful

Hobby / craft stores carry scrapbooking supply "glues" which are laminating. I can't think of any names at the moment. Modge Podge has one. (JoAnn's Fabrics). They make a clear shiny gloss over paper or other items.

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May 18, 20110 found this helpful

Thanks for the ideas! They were kind of what I was thinking of anyway. I've used the clear contact paper to 'laminate' things for years & thought about that,except it wouldn't wrap around the magnet,so would expose & leave open the edges to damage. I didn't think about testing the spray on a piece of printed paper (where's my brain?), I may do that or try the Modge Podge stuff, sounds like both would work well to seal the entire thing. Thanks!

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May 19, 20110 found this helpful

You could try clear nail polish to seal the photos and edges too.

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