This is the first Ten Dollar Crafternoon post! Every Friday, I'll be posting a DIY project tutorial whose supplies cost $10 or less (excluding basic tools that most crafters already have).
The idea is to go to an art supply store or craft store once a week to browse, get inspired, come up with a project on the spot and then buy what I need.
Last week, I went to Artist and Craftsman Supply, my favorite art store in Brooklyn, and came home with round magnet discs ($2 for a pack of 6) and one 8.5"x11" piece of chip board ($0.42). That was all I needed! I already had everything else - the giant container of Mod Podge, E-6000 (any heavy duty glue will do), the Sharpies, white index cards or cardstock, a pencil, a brush, and some scissors.
And with all that, I made these!
Here's how I made them:
STEP 1 Trace the magnet onto your white index card or cardstock. I used a pencil so that I wouldn't get any ink on the sides of the magnet.
STEP 2 Trace the circle outline with a black Sharpie marker and add in the details. I used this huge list of emojis here as a reference but obviously, you can use your phone or whatever.
STEP 3 Color it in! What colors you need will obviously depend on which emojis you choose. Or whatever, color them in however you want.
Once you've colored it in, cut it out.
STEP 4 Brush on a layer of Mod Podge to your chip board (any sturdy, non-corrugated cardboard will do - check your kitchen for near empty snack boxes!). Then, glue your emoji to it.
STEP 5 Brush a thin layer of Mod Podge on top of the emoji to seal it (and make it kinda shiny).
STEP 6 Do the same thing with 5 of your other favorite emojis. Let the Mod Podge dry.
Once dry, cut around the emojis again. I used a black Sharpie to color in the edges of the chip board after cutting them out, so that none of the brown cardboard color showed.
STEP 7 Follow in the instructions on your glue to glue down the chipboard-backed emojis to your magnets. Let the glue dry. (And keep those magnets apart from each other! - they'll pull near each other and might throw off the alignment of your emojis).
STEP 8 Use them to put cool stuff on your fridge, or just to decorate your fridge/whiteboard/locker/whatever!
About the above photo : "Big Things Happen One Day At A Time" card and "You Gotta Do The Work" print came with my Get To Work Book! The tiny Robot Dinosaur Dance Party image is the back of my new Scribble Tees business cards.