I’ve seen these Instagram magnets all over blogs and Pinterest in the last few years (and I’ve even seen them shared on Instagram—how meta!).
I think it’s a brilliant way to get your photos off your computer or phone and have a physical copy of your favorite snapshots. (Plus, they look darling on your fridge, and, if your children are anything like mine, they’ll love scoping them out while you make dinner.)
But, when I looked up the prices, I was pretty surprised by how expensive they are.
Obviously, this was a product calling for a DIY spin, but I was even more surprised (and delighted!) by how easy and professional they turned out.
Here’s how to make your own DIY photo magnets:
- Magnetic Photo Paper (8.5 in x 11 in)
- An Inkjet Printer
I bought ProMag Magnetic Photo Paper at Michael’s—they were $14.99 for a pack of 5, but with one of those ubiquitous 40% off coupons, my total cost was $8.99. (I also saw similar products at Wal-Mart, Office Max, Staples, and Amazon, so you shouldn’t have to work too hard to find some.)
1. Pick your photos.
I did a test print of 12 on a sheet, but I liked the look of them a little smaller, so I did 20 per page. I used Picasa (it’s free!) to crop my photos square and arrange them in a collage sized to 8.5 x 11.
2. Print your magnets.
Once you have your photos all ready to go, load one sheet of the magnet paper into your printer’s paper tray (you’ll probably need to load it with the white side face-down). Press print and watch your images appear!
3. Cut them out.
Using scissors or a paper cutter, cut your magnets out in straight lines, leaving a thin white border around each picture, if desired.
4. Hang them up or send them off!
Put them up on your fridge or magnet board.
Because they’re so thin and light, they’re also perfect for mailing off to grandparents or friends!
If you do 20 per page, it’s about 9 cents per magnet. Considering that the ones I’ve seen online run more like $1-$2 each, that’s a pretty significant savings!