Earlier this month, I was contacted by Magnet King to try out some of their products. They sent a box of goodies for me to play with, and I was amazed at the variety of products offered, including a magnet sheet that is a dry erase board, and another is a chalkboard. What fun!! I immediately thought of a dry erase decorated board for the refrigerator. How nice to replace the usual myriad of paper bits I usually use to remind myself of meetings or appointments. My inspiration for this project was this picture I took last fall.
I began with creating a pattern for the leaves. The colors are a gradient of fall hues in gold and rust and brown, all on a single magnet sheet.
Using a pencil, I traced around each leaf shape. The magnet sheets are easy to draw on. The color gradient makes the leaves look more real.
Then I cut out the shapes with a pair of ordinary scissors. This sheet of magnet is thin and easy to cut with standard paper cutting scissors. Cleaning up the pencil marks with a little eraser was easy too, the sheets held their color, not rubbing off.
Using a brown color pencil, I drew in some vein detail on each one.
The board with its autumn leaves makes the refrigerator into a decorative message board.
Here is a closer look at the leaves.
If you prefer a chalkboard magnet, that is possible too. All these sheets are flexible, not stiff at all. Wouldn’t this be a cute idea for kids in the classroom? Each child could have his or her name on a leaf.
For springtime, I cut flowers out of the pastel gradient sheet, and added buttons to the centers with super glue. I used the excess clippings on the cute little garden angel, gluing a bit to the back. These sheets will make anything into a magnet. Even the bits left behind are useful.
How about some ink spot color eggs for Easter?
Then I got to thinking, where else could I use a dry erase board? The only other metal area in the house is the garage door. So, how about a spot for the list for the garden center? This is on the inside of the garage door. Now I can add items as I find I need something instead of tromping inside with dirty hands to scrounge for a list, or trying to remember it all days later when I get to the garden center. This would make a neat guy gift for Christmas!
Using the dry erase board on the inside garage door made me think of decorating the outside of the garage door with more leaves. They almost look real, don’t they?
The bright colors available would be appealing to kids, and they could use magnet sheets to play with shapes, like this tie dye printed sheet.
Triangles and squares, rectangles and parallelograms, all could be used to teach shapes and colors. Easily cut with scissors, just cut what you like. Oh, look, now it is a puzzle!
The beauty of magnets is they can be arranged and rearranged. Does this look like a chicken to you? What other shapes could be made from these pieces?
I have made a pattern sheet for the leaves so you too can have magnet leaves for your projects, just download this pdf file – magnet-leaves-pattern
The company also has adhesive backed sheets so the side of a desk, a sheet of wood or drywall, or the bottom of a door could become a play area for magnet shapes. Or the sheets could be used to mount paper, making the kids artwork into magnets for the grandparents. Wouldn’t that be a great holiday gift idea?
The magnetized dry erase or chalkboard sheets, adhesive backed sheets and magnet gradient color sheets can be ordered from Magnet King, just click on Magnet King to see the kits you can get to make the projects in this post. You can choose the chalkboard or dry erase options, with three choices of printed magnet sheets, very reasonably priced too. While you are looking around, look on the right sidebar to see more individual sheets which are also priced for the home crafter, like solid color sheets, photo framing kits, printable magnet sheets, letters and shapes. Check out the Learning Aids section for more wonderful ideas. These links are not affiliate links. Magnet King did pay me for a day of creative time with their products. But I would only agree to do it if I liked the products, and I did.
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