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.