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« on: October 28, 2009 06:10:25 PM »

So my boyfriend's brother who is also my best guy friend loves to write poetry (specifically Haikus but I digress) and is a wonderful writer and as I am currently unemployed and so trying to make at aleast some of my christmas gifts for those I love I came up with this for him.

They're like the magnets you can buy at Border's or elsewhere except better (Imho) because unlike the ones you buy in sets at the store they fonts and letters don't all look the same.

Here's the pictures of what I have so far (it was hard to get a good pic of them on my black refrigerator because the flash reflected too much so sorry the pictures aren't better!)

They were pretty easy to make and I make em while watching TV, plus it helps that I am recycling the words out of magazines and old books I have lying around. The magnets for the project were my only expense and it was 6.99 for a roll of the magnet tape at Micheal's and I have only used about half of it so far, and have done these words using only a couple hours for the past two nights. I am almost finished but feel like I want a few more verbs and nouns to finish the set off. My boyfriend thinks they're cool (he made the first poem pictured) and that his brother will love them.






So anyway if you have someone who loves words, poetry, or general writing this is a really easy, fun and cheap (but not cheap looking) gift to make them.

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« Reply #1 on: October 28, 2009 06:23:24 PM »

These are awesome! Great idea. I love magnetic words, I'll have to try these out some time!
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« Reply #2 on: October 28, 2009 06:33:33 PM »

Awesome work! I collect refrig mags and have seen the sets you are talking about. I like yours alot better!!   Grin
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« Reply #3 on: October 28, 2009 06:54:20 PM »

What a great idea!  I hope he puts them to good use.
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« Reply #4 on: October 28, 2009 07:02:27 PM »

Very nice work Smiley
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« Reply #5 on: October 28, 2009 07:38:44 PM »

I had a magnetic poetry calendar and it is now missing a few words, being 4 years old or so. I should take your idea to replace and enhance them!
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« Reply #6 on: October 28, 2009 07:58:05 PM »

Oh my - what a fabulous idea.  I love it and now know what I'll be doing for one of my friends!  Thank you!
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« Reply #7 on: October 28, 2009 08:22:05 PM »

Great Idea! I'm making four cookie sheet magnet boards and was going to buy the store brand but I love yours so much more. Did you just glue the magazine words on the magnets?
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« Reply #8 on: October 28, 2009 09:22:25 PM »

No you can actually buy a roll of magnetic tape stuff at Micheal's or JoAnn's or any other craftstore. The stuff I bought cost me $6.99 (actually it cost less because I had a 40% off of any one item from the Micheal's flyer in my junk mail).

I have included pictures of the stuff I bought so you'll be able to recognize it when you see it. It actually is a strip of magnet and when you pull off the white backing it already has the glue/tape on the magnet so you don't need to do anything but cut out your word (from old magazines or books or whatever) peel back the white cover on the strip slap the word down and then cut it with regular old scissors to the size you want it.

*Tip remember to cut out a few es and 's and n't, 't, ly and regular s so that they can be added to the ends of other words to create plurals, possessives or contractions. You can make a word magnet for Do or can and with the extra pieces the person can also make Can't and Don't if their poem/writing calls for it or they can turn with ly create plainly from plain.

Here is the roll all whole:


Here is another picture of the roll so you can see approx. thickness:


Here is a roll showing the pull back white part and tape:


The tag on the tape (I got at Micheal's so might be a different brand at JoAnn's or where ever) says:
ProMAG #12325
1/2" X25'

Or you can visit their website and order it from there it's $3.95 there but with shipping will probably cost about the same as picking it up at the craftstore (its about 1/2 down the page)
https://www.promagproducts.com/catalog/index.php?cPath=25&osCsid=8jk5ses7bcv0lsamtor62ffhs4

I love your idea of a cookie sheet as the magnet board which I may actually do myself because that's a cute idea Smiley
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« Reply #9 on: October 28, 2009 09:27:04 PM »

Thanks to everyone else for the cheers it makes me feel good that I am not the only one who thinks they're fun! The pictures really don't do them justice they're so cute I will make myself a set after the holidays.

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« Reply #10 on: October 29, 2009 06:01:21 AM »

I love them, too, especially for their quirky individuality!

Last year I made a custom set for a six year old with words she didn't have in her "educational" set....like her name, and Texas, and minivan, and you get the idea... but I didn't think to use the magnet tape. I actually found a magnet sheet that would go through an inkjet printer ( I think I found it at Hobby Lobby), so I had to very carefully block out the words and font and size, to fit on the page, and to match the set she already had.

Next time I'm going to try your way... it looks WAY cooler!
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« Reply #11 on: October 29, 2009 06:10:54 AM »

Nicely done, and a thoughtful gift!
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« Reply #12 on: October 29, 2009 07:02:56 AM »

Very nice.  I think I'll make one of these for my son's girlfriend.  She loves to write.

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« Reply #13 on: October 29, 2009 09:44:07 AM »

amazing gift idea! They look so cool! *whirring brain*
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« Reply #14 on: October 29, 2009 12:57:35 PM »

You are my hero today! This is such an awesome idea!!!! I love those sets, but they are ridiculously expensive- and, like you said, the random fonts and colors are much cooler. I'll be definitely making myself a set and I'm thinking this would be a pretty cool idea for holiday gifts as well. And there's the extra appeal of recycling!
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« Reply #15 on: October 29, 2009 01:26:52 PM »

Awww thanks for all the great comments I have posted a few craft projects before on Craftster but they've never been so well received!

I really like the sets like this because not only do I get to recycle all my magazines (and friend's magazines) but I can also make specific sets geared towards the person I am making them for. Obviously the word set I would use for a 12 year old girl would be pretty different than a 30 year old man. I have also thought about including a few spare blanks using white paper so that if the recipient really needs a word not there they can add it themselves. As my BGF's (best guy friend) soon to be wife has an unusual name (Ulyanna) I will have to make her name magnet with the white paper and sharpies anyway but usually I can even find the name of the person I making it for in a magazine somewhere or I simply cut out random letters to spell it and put them all close next to each other on the magnet strip and cut it out from there, lucking my BGF has a pretty common name so it wasn't hard to find it in a magazine and cut it out.

I think I will take the suggestion of one of the other commenters had and use a cookie sheet but I'll probably either paint the cookie sheet or cover it with decorative paper.

Someone else mentioned they have magnetic paper you can run through your printer to print off words and pictures with as well. I haven't tried it yet but I did see it in Micheal's and thought that might be cool too but with my method I can just sit in front of the Tv or in the living room and talk to my roomies while I craft which I enjoy, makes me feel less bad about sitting in front of the Tv if I am actually doing something productive while I watch ;

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« Reply #16 on: October 29, 2009 02:40:05 PM »

I am so stealing this idea. I've been working on and off on a list to make my own for a few weeks now... but this is so much cooler!  Cheesy

*runs off to start cutting up magazines*
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« Reply #17 on: October 29, 2009 09:51:32 PM »

awesome you'll have to post your results when you finish Smiley I'd love to see other people's sets.

And don't run with scissors! ;]

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« Reply #18 on: October 29, 2009 10:03:32 PM »

If anybody makes magnetic poetry it would be really awesome if you could post your word list.
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« Reply #19 on: October 30, 2009 04:47:41 AM »

This is such a cool idea! I might have to borrow it to make some Xmas gifts... and, of course, a set for myself.   Cheesy
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« Reply #20 on: October 30, 2009 08:46:43 AM »

What an amazingly simple yet totally awesome idea!  I am also making some.  Today. If not sooner.  Great job!
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« Reply #21 on: November 14, 2009 02:54:53 PM »

I really like the ransom note look of these magnets!  I think I'll make a couple sets of these: one in french for my friend (she's in education with me at the fracophone campus of our university) and one for my boyfriend the English major.  These would also make awesome stocking stuffers!
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« Reply #22 on: November 18, 2009 02:47:06 PM »

The words have a bit of shine to them, I'm wondering if you're using any type of sealant on them? I'm wondering if clear nail polish or something like that would work to give them some extra protection...or if you think they're fairly sturdy as is?
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« Reply #23 on: November 25, 2009 04:31:51 AM »

Wow, this is one of those projects I just love stumbling across!  I like yours WAY better than the store bought ones!
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« Reply #24 on: November 25, 2009 10:17:39 PM »

Amazing idea! I may have to make these for our next place. I think we'd probably use them to make inappropriate sentences... or notes for each other.
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« Reply #25 on: November 28, 2009 04:21:48 AM »

This is a wonderful idea, and perfect for blokes! It looks really great too with all the different fonts Grin
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« Reply #26 on: December 05, 2009 01:17:59 AM »

This is so fantastic! I am a lover of interesting, quirky and unusual words, so a personalized magnetic poetry set would be a dream for me!!
I feel I should make a set for my friend I will be living with next year...just so I can use them!!

Sure hope I can find some of this stuff in NZ!!!!!!

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« Reply #27 on: December 05, 2009 09:12:29 AM »

What a great idea. We are doing a craft session with my Cadettes and this would be perfect. If you are making these as a gift, how would you present them? In a bag?
Also, did you work from a list of words that you thought you should have? Thanks!
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« Reply #28 on: December 06, 2009 05:31:53 PM »

I love magnetic poetry!  I do believe you found an efficient way to create this fun gift idea.

I was wondering how you were planning on packaging these?  I made some for a nine year old girl, and put them in a vintage lunchbox so that the entire poetry set was portable and could go on road trips with her.  Later, she told me she took some of them out and put them in a small tin to carry in her backpack.
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I am putting together a set for my friend. So far I have 329 words. The thing I am finding hardest is all the wee words like 'the, and, at, it,' etc, someone who has made a set, would you PLEASE be able to send me all of those words you used? I don't want to miss any out!!! 

I'm having heaps of fun, and learning a lot of new words in the process. =)


For storage, I thought putting them all in a decorated altoid tin, should be just the right size. =)
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« Reply #30 on: December 09, 2009 09:55:39 PM »

 This is one of the best ideas I've seen yet. I remember those sets, and had some once.
 I actually have a large magnet sheet, and it's designed to be printed on.
The white does not peel. It has to be sanded, but you can cut it any way you want. If you don't rough it, the paper will lift. But, that's OK~ I'm thinking some pictures mixed in with words, and even just letters would be good.
   Now, To decide who to give them to....
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The words have a bit of shine to them, I'm wondering if you're using any type of sealant on them? I'm wondering if clear nail polish or something like that would work to give them some extra protection...or if you think they're fairly sturdy as is?

I didn't use any sealant on this set, most of the words came from magazines or children's books so they already had a sort of glossy look. I have used some mod podge (decoupage medium) in the past over the tops to add a slight protective coat and a bit of shine but any sort of sealant including finger nail polish should work... just do a test one first as some sealants might cause the word to wrinkle depending on the paper and how thick or treated it is.

Sorry it took me so long to respond have been busy with holidays.
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« Reply #32 on: January 05, 2010 11:31:55 AM »

What a great idea. We are doing a craft session with my Cadettes and this would be perfect. If you are making these as a gift, how would you present them? In a bag?
Also, did you work from a list of words that you thought you should have? Thanks!

I presented my set to the BIL in a metal cylinder container that had once held fancy tea (I soaked it with vinegar to get the label off so it was a very sturdy and pretty plain cylinder). For my own brother I bought a strip of magnetic paper that you can stick to a surface with adhesive and put it in one of those wood and glass hinged shadow boxes to hang on the wall.

You could also go to a thrift store and pick up a cookie/baking sheet and either paint or decoupage it to cover the metal in something pretty but then have a nice big surface to have them all out on. The other advantage you could do with this version would be to find a cookie sheet with a hole in the top (normally used for hanging in your kitchen) which they could actually hang anywhere in the house if you prettied it up. This can be a good option if the refrigerator is inconvenient for them to store their set on normally (ie lots of magnets already on their displaying kids artwork for instance).

I have also done tins (like altoid tins or any sort of cookie tin) painted or decoupaged with paper in the past to present them. A lunch box is a great idea too!

I am putting together a set for my friend. So far I have 329 words. The thing I am finding hardest is all the wee words like 'the, and, at, it,' etc, someone who has made a set, would you PLEASE be able to send me all of those words you used? I don't want to miss any out!!! 

My list of words changes for every set, it depends on the person I am making them for and what I find in magazines or books I have laying around. I have a few recommendations though, try to include a handful of word-add-ons, like find a word in a magazine that ends in "ly" and make it into its own magnet because then the ly can be added to the end of a lot of other words to make more combinations (ie you have a magnet for sweet and a magnet for ly, you can now make sweet into sweetly as well when you put the two magnets together). Other helpful word add ons, many "S", "es" "y" "ed" "ment" " 's ", " 'll ", "n't"  or any other types like that you can think of (for making plurals or words into other words or past tenses and possessives and contractions. For instance 'll could be used with you or I magnets to make you'll or I'll, n't can be used with magnets can and do to make can't and don't etc). I also try to add the person or their significant other's name if they have an uncommon name I try to include just the letters in it so they can be added together to make the name. When I get a lot of words done I will separate them out into their categories to make sure I have enough of each kind (ie verbs, nouns, adjectives etc) and if I notice I am lacking a lot I will concentrate on finding a few more of the specific category I am missing (ie if I have a ton of verbs but hardly any nouns I will scour for nouns and make a handful more of them until I am satisfied). There is no set of exact rules I can give you on the ratio but separating them out to see them in their categories will help you see how versatile the set is and whether you need to add more or stop adding a specific category and concentrate on a different one. Also try making a few sentences or poems, haikus or notes with the set yourself if you have a really hard time you'll know what sorts of words would make it easier and be able to search for them. I also have a jar of just cut out words from having done a couple of sets and not used all the words or if I see a cool word in a magazine (like I really like the word or the font) I'll cut it out and put it in the jar for later use.

Amazing idea! I may have to make these for our next place. I think we'd probably use them to make inappropriate sentences... or notes for each other.

I have made some racey sets too, my BIL just got married at the end of Nov. so I included a handful of racey words in his set as his poems and haikus and notes will likely mostly be to his new bride. It was easy to find libido, sex and orgasm as well as a few others, just by cutting them out of a cosmo or a glamour which contains a lot of those sorts of words... I have also in the past included a few cuss words by cutting out letters or groups of letters to make them. Sometimes "inappropriate" words or sentences are therapeutic to make like when you've had a really bad day at work and need to vent it out, I am careful in the sets I make that might be kid accessible though, but you rarely find cuss words in magazines anyway (at least the ones I have) so it isn't usually an issue.

Wow, this is one of those projects I just love stumbling across!  I like yours WAY better than the store bought ones!
Thank you so much! I really loved them too and they were inspired by the fact when I was younger I wanted a set but couldn't justify the cost for them (I was on a budget and wanted enough to have a large range of words which would have meant buying 3 sets at $20+ bucks a piece at borders). Plus I liked the look of mine better and could decide each and every word I wanted to include.

This is so fantastic! I am a lover of interesting, quirky and unusual words, so a personalized magnetic poetry set would be a dream for me!!
I feel I should make a set for my friend I will be living with next year...just so I can use them!!

Sure hope I can find some of this stuff in NZ!!!!!!

New Zealand? You should be able to, if not in the craft store you can order the tape online in an earlier post in this thread I put up the links to the website where you can order it online if you can't find it at a craft store. It was only like $4 for a roll of the tape which makes a really large set, not sure what the shipping would be though so it might be more expensive if they are a US company. If you can't find it at a craft store or it is expensive to ship you might try a hardware store as the tape was orginally not designed for arts and crafts so much as being able to make things like a message board out of cork and stick it to a magnetic surface and other uses like that.


Again sorry for getting back to the thread so late but I was busy with the Holidays and didn't know anyone had posted any questions... I should figure out how to get craftster to email me when I get a new message in one of my posts.

Thanks to everyone else who commented I am really flattered and happy you all liked it and hope that you all made great sets for yourselfs or the people you love.
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« Reply #33 on: January 28, 2010 02:45:11 PM »

This looks like sooo much fun!
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« Reply #34 on: October 05, 2010 02:09:39 PM »

These are pure awesome! I am off to hunt for some of that tape over here in the UK.

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