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DIY Mini Polaroid Magnets With Retro Frames

DIY mini polaroid magnets

DIY mini polaroid magnets with retro frames retro-sparks pinI believe that you love handmade gifts as much as I do. I also believe that you enjoy your time creating them, as much as you are amused when getting them.

So, one day I was wandering through the local DIY shop, and I saw magnetic sheets. I was overwhelmed!

Namely, over the past three years, I’ve got obsessed with printing out my photos as polaroids. An instant idea came up to me – to make polaroid magnets for my loved ones!

I wanted to make something easy, yet retro and a bit different. And I definitely didn’t want to deal with painting the edges with white color or similar.

There is a lot of great, creative DIY ideas on Pinterest, but they are likely to have “10 easy steps” to make one polaroid magnet.

I manage to organize my project in just 5 steps.

Supplies you’ll need:

  • White Magnetic Sheets (There are a few possibilities. You can buy this retro version in your local DIY or framing store or you can have it delivered from Amazon. There are the Printable Magnetic Sheets which makes this process a lot easier. You can have your magnet design printed directly on these magnetic sheets. Yet, the hole charming retro crafting is lost this way. But, after you finish in the photo editor, you are left with the cutting. And that’s it.);
  • Retro Cardstock;
  • Printer (For printing out your photos);
  • Tracing Paper, Clear foil or paper foil;
  • Scissors, Craft knife or Box Cutter;
  • Ruler (It is even better with a metal ruler with a cork bottom, it slips less.);
  • Paper glue.

mini polaroid magnets supplies

So, let’s make DIY mini polaroid magnets with retro frames!

Step #1 – Choose photos you want to print

Think about how many photos you want to print. You don’t want to be angry at yourself later when the real crafting starts. This wasn’t so hard for me, but there are people who find this part the hardest, though. I have decided to make 15 mini polaroid magnets for my family and friends.

Step #2 – Print out your photos

I have created 15 free printable mini polaroid frames (like shown in the photo below) which you can download by subscribing to my blog in the form at the end of the post and get them right away. [I had to make it as a .zip file since .psd format isn’t allowed.]

Although I worked in Photoshop, you can also use this file in Gimp, for instance. And you can choose wheater you want to print 5 or 15 photos.

Instructions for printing Mini polaroid frames in Photoshop:

1. Open your desired photos in Photoshop;
2. In the mini polaroid template turn of the polaroid layout (e.g. Polaroid 1);
3. Add your photo between the polaroid and mask layer;
4. Repeat steps for the rest of your photos.

Now, after you printed your desirable photos, let them dry for a while when needed.

mini polaroid frames template retro-sparks

Step #3 – Cut out your photos

This process is the longest, but for me was also the most fun.

If you are a real retro-soul as me, you would use just the regular paper to print your photos. In this case, first, you have to stick the clear foil on the printed photos: put on the glue just along the edges and leave it for a while.

During that time you can start cutting your white magnet sheet if you have a smaller version like myself. For my polaroid template, I was using dimensions as stated in the photo below.

magnet for crafting

If you are using the Printable Magnetic Sheet you can start cutting out your photos. A craft knife or box cutter might be more accurate than scissors, but it’s your decision after all.

Moreover, if you have used the photo paper and you have an A4 white magnetic sheet, you need to stick the paper on the magnetic sheet using the glue and leave it for a while.

Now, use scissors to cut out your photos. A craft knife or box cutter might be more accurate for the Printable Magnetic Sheet.

Step #4 – Make a retro frame for your polaroid magnets

For the retro frame, I was using paper cardstocks that you can buy in almost every bookstore, DIY store, gift shop, or similar. Although any thicker decorative paper will work.

paper cardstocks design blocks

Draw dimensions of your polaroid magnet on the desired paper design. Using a pair of scissors cut the edges of the paper, while the middle part (where the photo actually is) cut using a box cutter.

Step #5 – Glue up your polaroid magnets

On the clear foil draw dimensions of your polaroid magnets. Using scissors cut out the small pieces on the foil. Finally, it’s time to put all the pieces together! 

First, glue up the foil on the polaroid frame and then add your printed photo. Repeat the technique for each polaroid magnet you want to decorate and enjoy your crafting!

mini polaroid magnets final retro-sparks

And voilà, aren’t they gorgeous! You can have your memories like mini polaroid magnets. More than that, you can use it to jazz up your fridge, decorate your chalkboard, or share it with your loved ones!

Last but not least, after you successfully do it once, you can always come back to this guide and make some more of these cutie-pies.

Lots of Love,

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