Friday, July 24

Alphabet block magnets

I know I promised more food posts this week, and I do have some ready, but I got so distracted with this tutorial and then felt I just had to finish it and post it before doing anything else. Anything else. Like washing dishes or preparing for our blueberry-picking trip or doing laundry or eating lunch. Sometimes projects do that to you, you know?
So here is a tutorial for alphabet block fridge magnets or photo holders.

Materials:
alphabet blocks
small hand saw
small piece of sandpaper
3/4" round flat magnets
drill fitted with 3/4" spade bit
craft glue like E6000
table vise, clamp or some way to stabilize your block while drilling (I stood on the side of a 3" C-clamp)

1. I chose 5 blocks with the initials of our family.
2. I used a coping saw to create a slit in the top of the block. I made it almost halfway between the front and back of the block, but a little closer to the front. I sawed down a little more than halfway to the bottom. Make sure your letter is right side up before sawing!
3. I sanded the inside of the slit and curved the paper to sand the side edges at the cut.

4. I tightened a 3" C-clamp around my block with the front of the block facing the floor and the back of it facing up.
4. I fitted our electric drill with a 3/4" spade bit and centered it on the back of the block (while standing with my feet holding the clamp to the floor).
5. I drilled down about 1/8" and dropped a magnet in to make sure the hole was flat on the bottom and as deep as I wanted. (I wanted to mostly hide the magnet).
6. I used a toothpick to spread some glue in the hole and pressed the magnet in.

Once the glue dries, you can stick your block to the fridge and insert a photo or your appointment reminder card or library due date receipt. If your photo is not secure enough in the slit, then wedge a little piece of paper or cardstock behind it.

Now, to use the blocks as tiny standing photo displays, business card or place card holders, simply cut the slit through the top and skip the rest. Unless you want the block weighted, in which case you could drill through the bottom instead of the back and insert a magnet or something to weigh it down.
Try stacking and gluing the blocks for a little photo tower or build pyramids or what have you. These blocks make it easy to change up your display often!

47 comments:

Amy said...

I love when you use pictures of the family in your blog posts.

The magnets are really cute. Will that be one of the projects at the Craft Social?

Pamela said...

What a fabulous idea!! Thanks so much for sharing!

Tegan and Tage said...

That's a great idea. Much cuter than the plastic alphabet refrigerator magnets!

moomer said...

Harriet & I love the block magnets & want some!

Katherine and David said...

Adorable. What a great new way to use initials. Adorable.

jojoebi said...

These are cute! what a lovely idea, I might have to steal...

Rachel@oneprettything.com said...

Aww, these are so cute and would be so much fun in my kitchen. Thanks so much for the great idea, I'll be linking.

Dee said...

Thank you for the great idea! Very cute.

The Mom said...

What a great idea! Thanks!

Michelle said...

oh this is so creative. I love this idea. I now have a fresh look on my kids building blocks (hehe)
=)

Kristen said...

These are adorable!

nicola said...

fabulous idea!
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MGF said...

LOVE LOVE LOVE this. Thanks for the tutorial.

ematoma said...

Such an adorable idea! Love it!
I'm going to translate it into Portuguese and post it on my blog, Objetos de Desejo, giving you credit and linking back to here, if that's ok with you.
And congratulations on the blog! I didn't know it before this post and now it will be part of my regular reading.

Momma Snail said...

I am adding this to my list of handmade Christmas gifts!

Regina said...

THese are super cute!! Thank you for sharing the instructions!

Myztic@FunWithMama said...

great idea!! i want to do this but i dont have all that equipment

minxo said...

this is genius!

Linda @ My Trendy Tykes said...

What a cute idea!

michellejohnnie said...

Awesome idea. I linked to this at somedaycrafts.blogspot.com

liat.af said...

Amazing!!!
Some simple and handy :-)
I love these magnets

Kangaroo said...

fabulous.

Shoot Info said...

my little one just received little blocks exactly like this im so making them this week

Gretchen said...

What a really great idea! And would make a great baby shower gift and on the cheap! You know I love that!

PuppyLovePrincess said...

ohmygosh what a cute idea. i'll be linking from my blog :)

Anonymous said...

I am going to make my daughters preschool teachers these for Christmas.

StaZ said...

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Aimee said...

Thank you so much for this cute idea. I'll be linking up over at www.onthelap.org. Stop by and visit!

Erin @ Letter Soup said...

I love this idea! I just tweeted it! Adorable blog, btw!

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This is adorable! Love it!! I need to get a baby gift for my friends...now I think I will be making this for them :)

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Alzbeta said...

Found you on pinterest and loved these! We made them a few weeks ago - here is the blog entry: http://thevolkswagon.blogspot.com/2011/11/little-craftiness.html. Thank you for the lovely idea!

Maureen said...

Love this idea.
I'm going to try to make one for each letter of the alphabet.
Thanks

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It would be a great project to make with your children. I think that involve in that kind of project help them a lot to develop commitment and responsibility.

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