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Make your own photo magnets

Two creative ideas for decorative magnetic photos
Author: supermagnete, Uster, Switzerland, [email protected]
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Photo magnets with magnetic paper

Materials needed
Preparing the photos
Put together a selection of your favourite pictures for your photo magnets in Photoshop or another picture editor, e.g. Gimp or Coreldraw. Select DIN A4 photo size, 300dpi printing quality, and CMYK colour space. Use the space on the template and arrange photos in a space-saving manner. You can rotate photos for that purpose.
Printing on magnetic paper
Use manual paper feed and adjust the printer to "heavy paper" (at least 160 g). Print one sheet of magnetic paper at a time to avoid a paper jam.
Cutting out
We recommend using a ruler, cutter and cutting mat for a precise cut. And that’s it, your new magnetic photos are ready!
Tip: To change things up, leave a thin white frame around the photo. It’s a little different and looks pretty.
Tip: Instead of printing photos on magnetic paper, you (or your kids) can also draw on it with markers, coloured pencils or wax crayons and then cut out the shapes. Now you can use them as photo magnets.

Photo magnets with self-adhesive magnetic sheet

Addition from Benjamin Graf (Switzerland):
I work with magnets often and come up with various ideas. This time I had the idea of transforming particularly beautiful photos into self-adhesive decorative objects that I could give away or sell.
These magnetic photos adhere nicely to metal surfaces such as a fridge or magnetic board.
Disclaimer: The idea for this project came from Mr Graf and was submitted to us. This fantastic application has now been updated by the supermagnete team, and new photos were added too. Thank you so much for this amazing magnet project!
Printing and "magnetising" the photos
It is easy to make these photo magnets yourself: Use the print assistant to print the images of your choice, ideally on A4 photo paper. Depending on the print quality, you could also print the photos on thick copy paper. The menu of the print assistant allows you to select the quantity and composition of photos. You can print, for instance, nine different photos or nine times the same picture. Then take a sheet of the self-adhesive magnetic sheet MS-A4-STIC, also available in A4 format, peel off the protective film and carefully press your printed photo paper onto the self-adhesive side.
Now cut out the individual photos with scissors or a cutter. And there you have your very own magnetic pictures!
Instead of using your own photos, you can use postcards or something similar as well and glue it directly onto the magnetic sheet.
Note from the supermagnete team: You can find more tips and tricks for magnetic photos in the Supermagnete chronology application.

Photo magnets with self-adhesive magnetic tape

We carry self-adhesive magnetic tapes in various widths. These are also great products for making photo magnets. Print your photos in a size that matches the magnetic tape and cut them out. Remove the protective film from the magnetic tape and press your photo onto the adhesive. Then simply use scissors to cut the finished magnets out.
Tip: Gluing the photos on accurately is not that easy. However, unsightly borders can simply be corrected with scissors afterwards.
Do you want to make photo magnets in the style of instant photos? We have a tutorial for that too: Make your own instant photo magnets.
Magnetic adhesive tape or self-adhesive magnetic dots can also be used to easily hang photos. In this video, we will show you how it’s done:

In our handicraft guide, you will find many more useful tips and tricks for making your own magnets.

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