I made this for my BF for Valentine's Day... Yea, this is a little late for a V-Day gift idea, but this project could be used as a year-round personalized gift...http://www.undertheskysoblue.com/xx/magneticlyrics.jpg
No, this is not magnetic poetry... This is magnetic song lyrics
!!! My BF is a musician and I thought he'd get a kick out of the quirkiness of song lyrics kit.
I'm sure I am not the first person to think of this, but I thought I'd post how I did it for anyone who is curious or has never done this before....
What I used...
# List of "customized" and basic words
# Magnetic sheet with adhesive backing
# Clear contact paper or a clear sealer/varnish
# Dressed up container to place the finished project in
Since our taste in music is often very different, I started gathering words that were re-occurring or stereotypical, by browsing the lyrics of his favorite bands. Once I was satisfied with a list of words that would "customize" the kit, I rounded the word list out by adding the most commonly used words in the English language. I found a list here: http://esl.about.com/library/vocabulary/bl1000_list1.htm
- Also to keep the amount of words from being overwhelming, I avoided the break down of words by adding "ing" "ed" etc. on their own to the list.
In order to use as little material as possible, I suggest using a word processing program to arrange the words into columns. I thought of this after the fact, so it took two sheets of paper to fit my list on.
At Michaels I purchased 1 foot by 2 foot "magnetic sheet" with adhesive. They also sold it in single 5" x 8" sheets, but as stated before my words were not place in the most efficient manner so I figured it'd be better to have too much than too little.
I cut two pieces off the magnetic sheet the size of my paper, removed the protective paper from the sticky side of the magnetic sheet, and carefully laid down my word list smoothing out any bubbles.
If the weather would of been more welcoming I would of sprayed the magnetic sheet, after I applied the word list, with a coat of clear sealer, but instead I just put a layer of clear contact paper on top.
I used the binding of a book to smooth over the top of the magnet to make sure all the layers had adhered completely. Then I proceeded to the daunting task of cutting out all the words.
The magnetic lyrics were presented in a box I had decorated with a few pictures, the name of the kit, and the back had silly infomercial style instructions on how to use the kit....
Off the top of my head I could think of all sorts of uses for customized kits... It could range from song lyrics to fan fiction. Even if you took a different approach with the words used you could make a "create a recipe" or "create a craft project" type kits too....