Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Simply Hearts Magnetic Photo Frame

 My February project from last year was a photo holder, and this year I'm making another one.  This one is a simple project that kids can work on too!

To create your own, you will need:

Delight™ air dry modeling compound
metal cookie sheet
magnetic tape or strips
plastic wrap
acrylic paint in your choice of colors
acrylic varnish
masking tape
plastic baggies
craft knife
*optional - heart-shaped cookie cutters

After choosing the photo you'd like to use, place it on the paper and trace around it,  Add a 1/8" to 1/4" line inside the tracing on each side.  This will be used as a guideline for your frame.
When you've finished making the pattern, tape the paper to the back of the cookie sheet and cover it with plastic wrap.  Tape the plastic wrap in place as well.

 Now cut the magnetic strips to fit around the outside edge of the frame and lay that in place.  It doesn't have to be exact (my daughter is making one of these with me, and hers is the very neatly done one on the right)

Cover the magnetic strips with a layer of modeling compound.  We just pushed ours all around it, but you could also roll it into strips and lay it over the top.

Color some of the clay with acrylic paint by putting the clay and paint into a baggie and squishing both together until they are combined.  Start with just a few drops of paint, then add more to get to the desired color.

Now press or roll out the colored clay, and use cookie cutters, your own heart shaped pattern, or just freestyle cutting to create heart shaped pieces of various sizes.  Add these to the frame as desired.

Continue layering heart shapes until you are satisfied with your design.  Set the frame aside to dry.

When the frame is dry, carefully peel it from the cookie sheet.  Use scissors to trim any ragged edges or areas you want to change.  I rounded the corners of my frame and trimmed the little bits of clay off from where I had pushed it onto the cookie sheet.

Varnish with desired finish and you're done!  Put your photo behind it and stick it to the fridge or other magnetic surface, and enjoy looking at your loved ones!

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1 comment:

Sandee Setliff said...

How cool adding the magnets with the Paperclay!Your daughter did a great job too!