OK, Christmas crafters, it’s time to get on board

Cutting paper to stick to double-stick paper.
(Photo courtesy Jaim Parsons)
Story by Valerie Parsons
(Standard-Examiner correspondent)
Mon, Dec 10, 2012
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For crafters, this is a busy time of the year.

We’re trying to get all of the glitter out of the rug while shooing the dog away from the handmade cards and gift tags that are spread all over the floor while they dry.

And don’t even get me started about the dining room table that hasn’t seen a dish since Thanksgiving because of another unfinished craft project.

So when it comes to making another gift … well, we had better be quick about it.

These little magnet boards make wonderful co-worker, neighbor and family gifts — and they’re fairly economical. While you’re at it, you can make BUNCHES of magnets and give them in little sets if you choose, without the board.

To keep them from sticking to one another when I give them in sets, I stick them to the inside portion of a lid from a metal gift-card box.

For the magnetic boards, you can handwrite a to-and-from tag and stick it to the board with a magnet. No need to wrap; another timesaver!

For the magnetic boards, you’ll need: an 8-by-10-inch metal sheet (I purchased mine at Bennion Crafts in Kaysville); scrapbook paper; ribbon for the hanging loop; and double-stick adhesive sheets and/or a roll of red double-stick tape (in whatever width you want to use to attach optional trim at the bottom).

My Chopadile wouldn’t go through this metal, so with my husband’s Whitney punch (a heavy-duty hole punch), I punched two holes at the top of one of the metal sheets. I positioned mine 3 inches in from the edges, but if you want, you could also place them at the top corners. You could also drill the holes, but be sure to file any rough edges.

Trim your adhesive sheet to about 3/4 inch larger than your metal sheet. Stick this to your metal. If you can’t find the adhesive sheeting, just run your tape around all four edges of the metal. Peel the backing off and trim your paper so you also have 3/4 inch of overlap.

I find it’s best to use paper that doesn’t have a definite horizontal or vertical pattern, just in case your positioning isn’t square. Start at the top or a corner and use your hand to smooth the paper onto the adhesive. With scissors, cut your paper and adhesive (now stuck together) at an angle at each corner.

Using a bone folder tool, wrap the paper around the edges to the back, smoothing as you go so you don’t get folds. Now, BEFORE you place the back paper on your metal sheet (yes, I learned the hard way) cut an X in each hole with an x-acto knife.

Trim your back paper slightly larger than your metal. (I made one side with Christmas paper and the other side without a definite theme to make the magnet board reversible.)

On the back of the metal, stick a border of red tape at the edge of each side. Run it right over the paper overlap from the front. Peel the backing away, and center your back paper again, sticking it a little at a time while smoothing. Flip the metal to the front and on a self-healing mat or thick pad of newspapers or magazine, use an x-acto knife to trim away the excess backing. I angle my knife slightly to avoid cutting through the front paper that is wrapped around the edge.

Carve an X through the back paper at the holes with your knife and, providing an ample loop for hanging, thread your ribbon through the holes and tie in a knot. I used the blunt end of a bamboo skewer to help me push my ribbon through the holes. The wired ribbon was easier to thread.

Apply optional trim at the bottom with red tape.

Magnet ideas:

Wooden star: Simply paint with white glue and dump some clear or white glitter on it. I used my glue gun to stick the magnets on the back of each of the magnets pictured, with the exception of the magnetic sheeting.

Glass globs: Use a dollop of E-6000 glue or clear silicone on the back of the glass. Press onto a preprinted word or scrapbooking paper. Press to get the bubbles out and let dry thoroughly. Then simply trim around the glob with scissors and adhere magnet to the back.

Bottle caps: Using a circle punch the same size as the inside of your bottle cap (purchased at craft stores), punch out an image. Using clear silicone or E-6000, put a dollop of glue in the bottle cap and press the punched image into the recessed portion. Try to position the image so that there is still a bit of a well. If you wish to protect the image, use crystal glaze to cover completely (purchased at most craft stores or paper stores). Follow the directions , being careful not to get bubbles in the glaze. You can use rhinestone gems on your pieces, too, but position them into the wet glaze after you have filled the bottle cap. No glue is needed. The glaze will hold them in place.

Pom-poms: Stick a magnet to a pom-pom with your glue gun. Done!

Wooden tiles: Use Staz-on ink to stamp images onto the tiles. You can position several tiles together and use a larger stamp, stamping all the tiles at once. Adhere a magnet to each tile. They can be reassembled as a larger picture or used as single magnets.

Magnetic sheeting: Use prepurchased tags and images or stamp greetings and images onto your own collaged paper. The magnetic sheeting has a sticky side; simply stick your image to it and trim with scissors. The back is magnetic.

A handmade present is a pleasure to give and to receive. A little portion of yourself is passed on with your gift. In this case, your recipient will be sure to know that you have a fascinatingly magnetic personality!

Merry Magnetic Christmas!

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