refrigerators

Ooooh, you guys wanna talk arts and crafts?  Let’s talk arts and crafts!

So here’s all the stuff you’ll need…

Paper and drawing supplies, cardstock, thick cardboard, craft glue, scissors, a box cutter, black acrylic paint, a paintbrush, mod podge, craft magnets, and plastic rhinestones.  Some of this stuff is probably already lying around your house, and all of it is available pretty cheaply at your typical craft store.

First, draw something fun!  It doesn’t have to be a GOOD drawing, because as everyone knows, the quality of any given piece of artwork rises in proportion to its proximity to a refrigerator.  (I GUESS you could print off some clipart or something too, if you want to skip the fun part.)

Cut out the thing!

Apply a thin, even coat of craft glue to the back of your drawing, and glue it to your cardboard.  The thicker the cardboard, the sturdier your magnets are going to be.

Cut away the cardboard around your drawing with a box cutter.  This can be pretty fiddly, so start with a fresh blade, and take your time.

Cut thin strips of cardstock, about the width of your cardboard, and glue them around the edges of your magnets to hide the corrugation.

Then paint the edges black.  This should be dry in just a few minutes.

Once your paint is dry, give your magnets a coat of mod podge.  This will give them a glossy finish, and help seal them against humidity and water damage.

Set them aside to dry for about 20 minutes.

When your mod podge is dry, flip your cardboard over and start attaching the actual craft magnets.  The ones I bought came with an adhesive on the back, but it wasn’t very good, so I’m using some more craft glue.

“But wait!  Don’t Ruby and Sapphire need their gems?”  BOOM PLASTIC RHINESTONES we are getting ALL KINDS OF FANCY

Then just beautify your refrigerator with your awesome new magnets!