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Sunday, May 15, 2011

Magnets - It's Science

It's science.  That's one of my favorite phrases.  When the hubby and I are trying to disprove each other that's our go-to phrase - It's science.  You can't argue science.

I don't know how that's related to my project, but I guess magnets make me think of science!

Anywho!  If you've been around for a little bit you've seen my magnetic chalkboard calender.  I didn't like the way my numbers looked and I got tired of rewriting them every month (I'm lazy like that). 

So when I saw Becky's calender magnet project I was sold.  I had to do this! It was easy and perfect!

Off I went to Michael's to gather my supplies!  I found a baggie full of assorted size wood circles.  Originally I was going to do 1" circles, but the 3/4" circle cutter thing was a lot cheaper, so I used the 3/4" wood circles.  One bag had enough circles for that size - had I used the 1" circles I would have needed two bags.

I used a hot pink acrylic paint color to paint the discs - I used one of my craft paint brushes too so I could just throw it away when I was done.

Here is the little circle paper cutter thing.

While my wood circles were drying I printed out my numbers.  I used French Script in size 52 font.  I just created a word document with the numbers 1-31 and spaced them out real well.  Then I printed them onto my cardstock.  I used the circle paper cutter thing to cut out all my numbers.

Here they are in order:

Now Michael's had a pack of heavy duty circular magnets for $6 - but for $1 I bought this magnet roll and just cut it up.  These magnets aren't as heavy duty, so I would not recommend them if you need a strong magnet - but for my lightweight wood numbers it was just fine.

I cut the magnet strips into pieces then pulled all the paper off.  I used my hot glue gun to glue them onto the wood chips (that still don't have the numbers glued on).

I purposefully glued the magnets on first so I would have something to grasp while glueing on the numbers.

I used a blob of modpodge to glue on the cardstock circles with the numbers.

Again, I used one of my craft brushes and just spread out the modpodge onto the wood, placed on the cardstock circle, then put another layer on top of the circle.

I put them on my chalkboard while they were drying.  The only step that Becky did that I did not do was apply the Modpodge dimensional magic glue on top of my numbers.  Honestly it's just because I couldn't remember what I needed while I was at Michaels.  I'll probably go back later and do this step. It really finishes them off nicely.

Here they are on my chalkboard! Much better looking, and so much easier to change each month!

I also updated to May finally (half-way through the month) and made some magnetic rosettes.  They are crazy difficult to photograph! One day I'll buy a pimptastic camera!

See this?! Only 92 (91 now) days until I start clinical rotations! That means no more class! This makes Katie VERY happy! =)

Before I liked my calender - now I LOVE it! =)

Project Cost:

Wood discs - $2.50
Paint - $1.25
Cardstock - $0.59
Magnet - $1.00

Everything else I had on hand!

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  1. Fantastic idea!! I'm still drooling over that frame!! I want I want!! Those rosettes are gorgeous too. I bet they look beautiful on your Frankenstein Bag!! xoxo

  2. that looks awesome, katie! i love the look and concept!

  3. So cute! I still love that framed chalkboard and you keep making it better! ;)

    Great job!


  4. Very cute. I love the frame you used too :)

  5. Too cute! I just bought stuff to make calendar magnets. Did you make your own chalkboard? WHat is it's base?

  6. This is such a great project and a really great tutorial on how to make those magnets! I just LOVE your paisley print you did in chalk! jules

  7. What a cute idea! I think that's the prettiest calendar I've ever seen. :)

    Thanks for linking to Weekend Warrior! See you next week.


  8. Super cute! I have a chalkboard wall at home and I think something like this would be perfect!

    Thanks so much for sharing :)

  9. I BIG FAT LOVE IT! And I love magnets and scuence doesn't make sense to me hardly, that is why I ask the hubs about that category:)(just thought I would throw that in there!

  10. Now I added something in my arsenal of responses to my kids - It's science :) This project is lovely - and easy on the budget too. Thanks for joining us and sharing with us this awesome post at the Creative Bloggers' Party & Hop :)

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  12. now that's a good idea

  13. That is so creative. I love it. Thanks for sharing at my Swing into Spring party.

  14. I love this idea!


  15. This is adorable, i LOVE the paisley design you drew too, so talented!!!

    Thanks for linking up to Your Whims Wednesday!

  16. Love it Katie! The magnetic numbers give the perfect touch to an already adorable calendar!


  17. Such a great solution to having to change the numbers each time (I'm lazy that way too). Such a pretty calendar!

  18. I am sooo trying this calendar project. I love that you just move the numbers around instead of having to erase and rewrite them!

  19. I am sooo trying this calendar project. I love that you just move the numbers around instead of having to erase and rewrite them!

  20. That's very pretty. Great tutorial, too. Thanks so much for linking this up to our Wicked Awesome Wednesday link party!

  21. This is so cute!

    Would love for you to link to my Delightfully Inspiring Thursday Party going on right now.


  22. Just found your awesome project on Momnivore and Im so glad I did. I will have to steal this idea. It's brilliant:)

  23. These looks great!! I love that big calendar :)

    Thanks so much for linking to "20 Below Thursday"! :)

  24. Lovely! I'm going to have to step-up my boring calendar/whiteboard!

  25. totally love this ides!!! looks AWESOME

  26. So sweet!Love the paisely design you drew too! pretty calendar!

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  27. Hi Katie~

    You are the "bee's knees", your chalkboard is so sweet & the numbers update is clever. Thanks bunches for linking to my K.I.S.S. blog bash last week. Looking forward to seeing what you share this coming Sunday. :)


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  28. Such a darling touch Katie!! Love those sweet little magnets! Congrats on being almost done with school too! :) Thanks for linking up to FNF :)

  29. What a fantastic idea! I love it! How inspirational! Thanks! X

  30. That is so cute Katie. Have a great weekend.

  31. That's such a cute idea!!
    Thank you so much for sharing this @ {nifty thrifty sunday} last week!
    Hope to see you again tomorrow! :)
    xoxo from Germany,
    Vanessa @ {nifty thrifty things}

  32. I love the idea of making the numbers on the wood disks. I'm kind of lazy like that also. :) Your calendar is super cute! Love the frame! Thanks so much for linking up to Terrific Under Ten!

  33. your chalkboard is adorable! I love the addition of the numbers.


  34. This is an awesome DIY project, eh. Love this magnetic calendar. Creative, artistic and above all fun. :)

    Cathy@uniform discount

  35. Great information. Thank you for sharing interesting information about Magnets. Keep posting.


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