20 August 2013
Materials: A 4-pack of color-coordinated washi tape from Target, and a few of those cheap business card-sized magnets that you get at businesses and in the mail. Scissors. And this tutorial!
Time: Five whole minutes, and that includes time spent fetching my very favorite pair of ex-sewing scissors from the office.*
I wasn’t going to bother photographing and posting this little project, because it was so ridiculously easy. But Pete independently confirmed that the finished result is pretty cool looking, and hey — maybe you want to try it, too!
All it took was this tutorial, a four-pack of washi tape that I got from the office supply aisle of our local Target on clearance for $2.44, and some random promotional magnets that had been hogging valuable fridge real estate for way too long. I peeled the printed ad off the front of the magnets, leaving a white paper background — if you don’t have that, you might want to stick a blank printing label on top of the magnet, since the washi tape is translucent and looks best over a light background — stuck a few strips of tape on them, then cut out the tape and trimmed the ends to make the magnets look suitably torn. Boom!
One note: I left my magnets a bit longer than the other ones that I found pictured online, because the ones that we had, at least, are barely strong enough to hold up a single photo. Cut ‘em too short, and you just might find things dropping unceremoniously off of your refrigerator door.
But now our motley collection of photographs, save-the-dates, and birth announcements is suitably classed up, and I was able to do it all in five minutes standing at the kitchen counter while the toddler disassembled the contents of a nearby cabinet.
* Not-so-Pro Tip: a specially designated pair of sewing shears, like these classic Ginghers, makes the sharpest, most durable, and all-around best pair of multi-purpose household scissors that you can imagine. Bonus: you can even get them re-sharpened along with your kitchen knives.