Magnetic fridge letters June 23, 2011Posted by Judy in parenting.
I’m addicted to online tutorials. I spend about 15 minutes each day looking at a few aggegate sites for tutorials. Sometimes, I follow the tutorial to the letter, especially if it’s something new. Most of the time, I bookmark tutorials to use as inspiration later on down the line. The magnetic fridge letter tute was one such tutorial.
My then 3 year old was into spelling words on the fridge. Since we only had one alphabet set, it was a bit tricky to spell some words. We’d have the use the “W” turned sideways for an “E”, or an upside down “V” for an “A”, or a sideways “N” for a “Z”. When I saw this tute over at nicegirlnotes, I thought, “Great idea! Why didn’t I think of that!” And off we went to Hobby Lobby to get the supplies:
-two packages of unpainted, wooden hearts
-two sets of peel and stick letters
-a magnetic strip roll
As with any project in our house, it took several days, maybe even weeks to finally get around to doing it. DS1 and I started one day when DD and DS2 were napping. He would peel the letters off and stick them to the wood. I would then paint a thin layer of ModPodge over it. Once that was dry, I cut up a bunch of magnets, DS1 painted a big of ModPodge on the back and then glued them to the back of the wooden hearts. Another coat of ModPodge on the front, and we were done. (DD and I did this project with her chosen letters a few days later.)
They turned out quite good and now we have 3 almost complete sets of letters. Alas, the letters lost their appeal almost immediately after they were placed on the fridge. DS2 is the only one that uses them: he knocks them down and tries to eat them! Not exactly what I was going for, but at least it was a fun craft project, if but for a moment=)