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How to… make a Mini Magnet Art Gallery!

| August 19, 2011 | 24 Comments

what to make with children's artWelcome back to this week’s how to… ok… so it is rather an “easy” how to, and it is more an idea really, but we, here in Red Ted HQ are rather chuffed to bits: we made a magnetic mini gallery out of Red Ted’s artwork! This idea would also look lovely with family photos – or maybe a “family tree” even… It all started with Photo Paper Direct asking whether I would fancy some samples… I thought “what do I want with office stationary?” but had a peak anyway and found this fabulous magnetic paper for printing at home!  Oh the possibilities when it comes to children’s art..

They sent me some samples, as well as some fabulous sticker papers (Vinyl Self Adhesive & clear sticker sheets) as well as some transfer paper for fabrics. Now I have another idea up my sleeve for that, but you will just have to wait!

So. What did we make? What did we make?

Red Ted drew:

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A dog and a whale of course.

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2 Cygnets on water, with clouds and a baby. 2 ducks looking at rainbows (of course).

I scanned them in. Enhance the images slightly (brightening and sharpening the contrast and made them much smaller) and then in Powerpoint added a frame and title (I found a fabulous “vintage frame” download):

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Not wanting to waste ANY of the magnetic paper I filled the gaps with some logos as small fridge magnets and words. I also kept the “strips” on the side for the kids to colour on directly.

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Red Ted was SO chuffed to see them the next day and said we had to make lots of more for Granny and his friends. They will be getting some on their respective birthdays!

The Gallery:

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What do you reckon? A great way to convert about 20 sheets of drawings into a handful of easy to keep, uhm, keepsakes! They will make such lovely presents and I cannot wait to see how the gallery “changes” over years to come! We love our Kid’s Art Fridge Magnets!!!

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  1. Salma says:

    Love it! This is so much fun! And it looks so professional and still so easy! Gonna do this with Chloe and my nephew.
    lots of love,

  2. Red Ted Art says:

    Aaah how fabulous Salma! Look forward to seeing your gallery when we come and visit :-)

  3. Helen says:

    What a brilliant idea! Always wonder what to do with the mountains of artwork. Feel awful throwing them away.

  4. Red Ted Art says:

    Exactly! Sadly you can’t keep EVERYTHING your kids make!

  5. These are fun. Just saw a post about paper frames, but love this with the magnets so the kids can re-curate their artwork – for example, sorting by theme, color, artist, etc.

  6. Red Ted Art says:

    LOVE that idea! :-) they do love playing with them! Can’t wait to make some more out their drawings!

  7. you say we cant keep everything, I still have some of the stuff my kids made in primary 1 and 2 about 25 yr ago, and I laminated a lot of them about 10yrs ago to keep them good!!

    • Red Ted Art says:

      Aaah how lovely! We have a scrap book full too :-) but Red Ted churns out his drawings 10-20 a day…. I *really* can’t keep everything! Honest!!!

  8. Aimee says:

    My daughter wants me to invest in magnets! We have two fridges full of her artwork! great post 😉

  9. Al McLeary says:

    Love this project. I have a few of those magnets I should try something like this

  10. They look fantastic! I really need to buy us some new craft supplies! xx

  11. Nikki says:

    You have a great blog! I am visiting from the blog hop! I am your newest follower and would love it if you would follow me back too! Thanks so much!

  12. So neat Maggy! I got some of those on hand too…

  13. Paula Hrbacek says:

    I’m writing a column about children’s arts and crafts for, a free online newspaper. It has articles and easy crafts suitable for art teachers, youth group leaders, after school care givers, and individuals. Please check it out and subscribe.

  14. Very cool! My 10 year old has been drawing some great dragon pictures. We are going to try this. Thanks so much for sharing!

  15. Debbie says:

    Brilliant way to encourage enthusiasm for drawing!!

    Two thumbs way up for the tutorial aspect of the post — encouraing others to do the same. Will ‘pin’ it for my board on Fine Motor ideas!



  16. what a fabulous idea!!!! Not only do I LOVE it but I NEED to do this – so much art & so little space!!!

  17. Callie Feyen says:

    Brilliant! We have so much artwork and I can’t bring myself to throw it away. This is a great solution!

  18. OneMommy says:

    How incredibly cute! I love it! And especially the little realistic frame borders…

  19. Red Ted Art says:

    *BEAM* thank you for your fab comments!!! And yes, def a great way to keep art – especially as you will be scanning it too!

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