Styrofoam Pins and Magnets
Difficulty: Very Easy
Parental supervision is recommended
Stay stylish as you put up stuff on your bulletin board or fridge with these Styrofoam pins and magnets--a fun craft for tweens who decorate their rooms with magazine cut outs.
What you'll need:
- Printed pictures
- Styrofoam meat tray or paper plates (paper plates make a thinner backing)
- Plaid Royal Coat Decoupage or Mod Podge
- Tacky glue
- Metal pin and/or magnet for back of pin
How to make it:
- Choose or print
small dove pictures or
small St. Patrick's Day pictures
that would be a good size for a pin or magnet. Color with non water based markers if necessary. Here is a link for Barry's Clip Art Server.
- Cut the design out and glue or decoupage it to the styrofoam
backing chosen. Cut the styrofoam around the design. If you cut the paper, there is a good chance of tearing it.
- Paint the design and the sides of the thicker backing
with mod podge. Let dry.
- Glue or tape chosen backing onto back.
- Cut up an old magnet that you are tired of -- Strong magnets will be more useful.
- Glaze design with a thin layer of clear translucent glitter glue for a shimmering effect.
- Pins take a long time to dry. The magnets are a better project to do in class. Also, the pin back breaks off easily from the foam. It's best to reinforce the back with something that won't break apart so easily if a pin is made.
- You can also make beautiful circular pins with the tops to milk/water plastic jug containers.