Oh yeah, you read that correctly.
So do you remember when I said that all my spring mantel display needed was a banner and I has something awesome up my sleeve? It was one of those things that I wasn't sure would work but wanted to give it a try. Well, it worked and it is a.w.e.s.o.m.e!!!
Let me introduce my magnetic banner.
and because its magnetic I can make it say...
or any other word or phrase that's less then 8 characters. My son is going to love it when it says "birthday" for a week next month! And when June rolls around and I redo the mantel for summer, it will say "summer" or something like that.
I kept the design and color scheme simple so that it would be versatile. Blues and Greens will always work in my house!
So if you are wondering how I made it magnetic, here you go.
I started with chipboard pennants that I found at the craft store. I was originally planning on cutting my own our of 1/4" plywood but when I found these, all ready to go for around $3, it was a no brainer.
Then I painted the pennants with magnetic primer. I used the kind pictured above. I originally bought magnetic spray paint but couldn't get that stuff to work for the life of me. The magnetic primer is expensive. (around $20) so it is a bit of an investment. I only used a small amount though and promised myself that I would use it in other projects... which means you'll be seeing more of this stuff in the future!
Edit: I should note that the thicker you paint the primer, the more megnetic it will be. I did many thick coats..... probably around 6.
I let that dry overnight and painted it with a coat of white craft paint. I cut my scrapbook papers a little smaller then my pennants so that I would have a bit of a border, and modge podged that on. I added a little distressing ink to the edges of the pennants.
I just used my hole punch to re-make my holes and strung it up with white ribbon.
For the letters I just bought a pack of sparkly white scrapbook letters. Since they had a sticky back I put a thin coat of modge podge on the back and let that dry, then stuck my magnetic tape to the back. Something like this...
I love how the sparkly letters look.
And the textures and colors from the papers make me giddy.
So there you have it! A magnetic banner that can be used for all sorts of occasions!
As always I'm linking to these great parties and events:
Paper Party @ Paper Issues