I just decided that I dislike the word “craft”. In both speech and writing, I think it gives the impression of being nutters, as if I’m enthusiastically cranking out Illini fleece pajama pants…or decoupaging sweatshirts.
But I can’t think of an appropriate substitute term. “Creation”? Too pretentious. “Thing”? Too nonspecific. “C-word”? Too reminiscent of other c-words…like “cats”. Maybe just “project”?
Anyhoo! Magnets! These have a pleasant effort to satisfaction ratio — little:much. When we were gearing up for Christmas, the h-e decided that he wanted to make his mom a chalkboard, one similar to the one he made for us over the summer. While I absolutely dig our chalkboard, I realized that it would be even more stellar if it was magnetic. And so the magnet chalkboard as gift idea was born.
While he worked on the board; I worked on magnets. After all, it’s a pretty decent way to affix grandchildly cuteness to the wall. And bills. It works for bills too, but the kid is aesthetically superior to bills.
clear “jewels” / flat marbles
magazines or decorative paper
I rounded up all the materials from Michael’s, my new favorite hang-out. I chose magnets, marbles, and a craft punch that were roughly the same size. In retrospect, I wish the marbles were a bit bigger, but such is life.
I then carefully glued the paper onto the magnets. It took a few tries b/f I could do it w/o making a sticky, streaky, mess.
After a few minutes, once the paper/glue dried, I put an additional smallish glob of glue in the center of the papered magnet. Again, it took a few tries b/f I figured out the proper amount. I had a few where it oozed over the sides. It’s good that our coffee table hails from Ikea.
Then I mooshed the “jewel” on top.
They’re really quick once you figure out a system. In addition to S’s mom, I also made a bunch for the smallfry’s teachers. Nothing like a relaxing breakfast, as I manically glue jewels on magnets, box them up and wrap them…all b/f heading out to lecture. We like to keep things relaxed around here.