Kids Create: Recycled Lid Photo Magnets!

Wednesday, August 5, 2009
Kids love the magic of one item becoming a completely different item; a fact that lends itself perfectly to raising eco-conscious children. Turn recycle time into craft time, by creating colorful photo magnets out of common drink lids. With this project, you'll preserve family memories and a little space in our landfills. That's what I call, a win-win for us crafty parents. Enjoy!

Assorted drink container lids
Assorted pictures or decorative papers
Craft Paint
Craft Magnets
Sponge Brushes

  • Thoroughly rinse and dry lids.
  • Paint lids desired colors. I went with colors to match our kitchen because, you know, just because we're recycling doesn't mean we can't maintain style. ;-) Since craft paint isn't technically made specifically for plastic or metal, you'll need several coats to do the job. If you anticipate your magnets getting knocked around a lot, I'd recommend covering the lids in a spray primer first to prevent paint from peeling. Let dry.
  • Trace around lids onto photos to get a general cut size. Cut, and then trim down as necessary. Spread a thin layer of Tacky Glue on backside of photo; insert into inside of lid. The lid "walls" will act as the frame.
  • Flip lid over; use Liquid Fusion to glue magnet onto the lid top.
Happy crafting!,

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Vickie Howell is a parent, writer, designer and crafty spokesperson.  For more projects, patterns and how-to scoop check out her website: