This little project started when I remembered where I had put those Valentine’s Day cards I’d bought for my family three years ago. Pathetic, I know. I found the cutest little cards while still in college and thought, “What a nice little gesture this would be!” Well I forgot to send them. And then I forgot again. For two more years. So I dug them out and thought the cards needed a gift to accompany them, but I don’t want to have to pay to ship something heavy. Think…Think…MAGNETS! Ah, yes.
I started with a template I found online at this fabulous blog and shrunk it down to perfect magnet size in a word document and printed it out. I didn’t follow the template exactly. I used the base owl shape, the heart twice (one for the heart on the body and one to cut in half to use for wings), the triangle for the beak and two circles for each eye—any more than that is way too much cutting for my fancy.
So I began by tracing and cutting. And more tracing and cutting. I wanted a set for both of my sisters, my mama and my mama-in-law. You’ll notice that I freehanded a bow for our lady owl and a flower for our manly owl to give to his mate.
I found this awesome roll of adhesive magnet strip at King Dollar. [Side note: Dollar store shopping is one of my favorite things to do! The .99 Store and King Dollar are where it’s at!] I bought two packages and barely used my second roll. You can probably get by with one pack if you are making four sets of owls, or less.
I cut two horizontal strips to put on the back of each owl, like so. I also cut two itty bitty pieces to stick to the back of our beau’s flower. You MUST hot glue the magnet strips down! The adhesive doesn’t adhere well to felt.
And, viola! The cutest little DIY magnets you’ve ever seen.
All 8 of these guys cost me about $3 and I have plenty leftover to make more!
In a nutshell, you will need:
- Hot glue gun & glue sticks
- The template (see photo above). If you don’t have access to a printer, you can put the felt over your iPhone and trace right on to the felt!
- A pen for tracing
- Sheets of felt. The colors I used were: Dark blue, light blue, red, pink, green, tan, brown, cream and black. (.23 at Walmart and .25 at Hobby Lobby, per sheet)
- Adhesive magnetic strips