DIY magnets three ways

DIY magnets, three ways! {Heather's Handmade Life}

I always liked crafting fridge magnets while I was growing up, but those were the days when everyone had a metal fridge door. Stainless steel appliances might look nice, but they’re no good for sticking up school papers with a ceramic watermelon or set of A-B-C magnets.

Our DIY slide-out pantry (and non-magnet-friendly stainless steel fridge)

Our fridge might be limited to the few magnets we can stick to one side, but you might recall I just made a cool lace-covered magnetic board for my home office.

DIY lace magnetic board {Heather's Handmade Life}

It was looking pretty sparse, but after a quick trip to the dollar store and the local craft store, I was able to make dozens of magnets for about $12 — with plenty of supplies left over.

DIY magnets, three ways! {Heather's Handmade Life}

This is an easy project to do on your own, but it’s also something you can do with kids — especially over March Break when the days start to feel endless! My son helped me with some of these magnets, and happily made a few to stick to the metal storage lockers up in his bedroom.

DIY magnets, three ways! {Heather's Handmade Life}
DIY magnets, three ways! {Heather's Handmade Life}
DIY magnets, three ways! {Heather's Handmade Life}
DIY magnets, three ways! {Heather's Handmade Life}

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DIY magnets, three ways! {Heather’s Handmade Life}

Interested in how I made the DIY magnetic board with pale pink lace? Here’s the full tutorial for it!

DIY magnetic board {Heather's Handmade Life}
DIY magnetic board made from sheet metal

Momo Challenge a wake-up call for parents

When I was in my second year of university, I made the mistake of watching The Ring. I’d watched plenty of horror movies before and wasn’t bothered — well, except for that one traumatizing viewing of Candyman when I was eight.

I can’t say what it was about The Ring. Maybe Samara’s twisted, pale face and dark, wet hair kind of reminded me of myself when I get out of the shower, but that movie scared the crap out of me for years.

Still. Can’t. Watch. This.

So, I guess it’s no surprise that when a certain pale, dark-haired, scary-faced girl started popping up in our social media feeds — the dreaded Momo — I was spooked every time. I’d literally shudder and hide the post.

This is Momo. *shudder*

If you managed not to hear about the Momo Challenge, it was supposedly a series of videos encouraging kids to hurt themselves and the videos were said to be slipped into popular YouTube videos kids were already watching, like Peppa Pig and Minecraft.

Rumours of the Momo Challenge started circulating last summer, but reached hysterical levels last month after a post was shared by a police department. Pretty soon, it was all any parent was talking about …

Continue reading in my weekly parenting column, The Mom Scene …

Pink lace DIY magnetic board

DIY magnetic board made with sheet metal and pink lace {Heather's Handmade Life}

I needed a place in my home office to organize scribbled notes and lists, but none of the store-bought options appealed to me.

I didn’t want a bulletin board — tried it, now use it elsewhere for the kids’ school stuff. I didn’t want a white dry-erase board — they tend to look messy and ugly because the marker never fully wipes away. I also refused to buy one of the magnetic memo boards from the office supply store — they were stark, bland and overpriced.

Naturally, I decided to make my own. I asked my handy husband to pick up a thin piece of sheet metal during one of his runs to the home improvement store. The sheet metal was pricer than I’d imagined (about $45 for a 36×24 inch piece) but it was certainly large — only a couple of dollars for the 1×2 boards to frame it.

DIY magnetic board made with sheet metal and pink lace {Heather's Handmade Life}

Now, I’d probably have just sandwiched the metal between two wooden frames, but my handy husband had the brilliant idea to use our table saw to cut a groove down one side of each piece so the grooves could hold the sheet metal in place …

DIY magnetic board made with sheet metal and pink lace {Heather's Handmade Life}
DIY magnetic board made with sheet metal and pink lace {Heather's Handmade Life}
DIY magnetic board made with sheet metal and pink lace {Heather's Handmade Life}

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