With Father's Day coming, I wanted to share these magnets my 3 year old twin grandsons (yes, those are boys in the photos) gave me for Mother's Day, with a little help from their mom and dad. They would be perfect for Father's Day, Grandparent's Day, or any other holiday!
With my daughter just finishing school and currently jobless, they didn't have a lot of money to spend, so this was what she came up with. I think it was better than anything they could have bought me in the store! I use a metal filing cabinet as a table by my chair in the living room, the magnets now grace the side so I can see these cuties every time I look that way, and it makes me smile!
Very simple to do, all you need is a printer and a sheet of printable magnets, which can be purchased at office supply stores and stores like Walmart and Target. They have directions in the package and are very easy to use. My daughter had never done this before, so I think they turned out very well.
They just had the boys sit on a white-washed bench in the park, holding their balls, then tried to get them to look at the camera and smile at the same time, with varying degrees of success, LOL!
Once she had her photos in her computer, she made an oval magnet of each individual boy. Then she took 2 poses of them together and added a cute phrase to each one in yellow letters to go along with the bright Spring colors. On one it says "Life's a Ball with a grandma like you! Happy Mother's Day 2011" the other says "Have a ball this Mother's Day! Happy Mother's Day 2011".
Following the directions that came with the magnets, she printed a set for each of us grandmothers, put them in cards she had the boys draw on, then let them VERY proudly present me with their gift!
Now honestly, being a little more experienced and more of a cheapskate (oops, I mean thrifty) than my daughter (LOL!), I really cringe at wasting my printer ink that way! I would have taken the camera memory card to Walmart and had the instant pictures printed on the photo paper that holds up when it gets wet (cheaper than printer ink). Then I would have trimmed the photos to fit the magnets and glued them on. Or even better, I would have glued them on to the magnets I save that you get for free from pharmacies, insurance companies, etc. But a lot of love went into these, so I love them all the more!
By lyonpridej from OK
I would like to add that if you use the magnetic paper, the photos are a bit fragile on the edges & we had a worry of the ink running if it got splattered. I would suggest using modge podge or a clear spray sealer to preserve the photos - just be sure to test on another printed paper 1st before applying. My daughter tried some modge podge on a test piece, wince it came out ok, we will be sealing all of the magnets with it.
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