My D.I.Y. Tutorial for March 3rd is Alphabet Magnets in FUN colors! When toy shopping, I often get tired of looking at toys and decor in the same predictable colors – primary colors for boys/gender neutral toys and pink & purple for girls.
I’ve been working on a few other DIY projects and wanted to find some alphabet magnets to somewhat match, but all I was finding was primary colors or rainbow ones… So my “Plan B” was to make my own alphabet magnets. I started poking around looking for places I could buy a wood alphabet set to paint and put magnets on… but a lot of the alphabets I saw were either 1″ or several inches too big to practically put magnets on… I didn’t want small letters (choking hazard!) and I was also concerned about the possibility of the magnets coming off of homemade ones – which could also present a choking hazard… So one day, while killing time in TJ Maxx/Home Goods while waiting for a bus I happened to come across these Melissa and Doug Magnets for $7!
I wasn’t entirely thrilled with the standard red/yellow/green/blue colors but I got them anyway since the font was a good one for learning letters! Then a day or two later I had my “ah ha! moment” as I was working on another DIY project…. These magnets are wood! why not repaint them the colors I dream of alphabet magnets in!?! And that is how “Plan C”for how to make alphabet magnets happened!
- Non-toxic Paint
- Spray-on Clear Sealer
First I sanded the colors down with sandpaper – to help the paint stick better.
Then I picked a bunch of colors I liked. Since the set came with both upper and lower case letters, I thought it might be fun to do the upper case letters in darker versions of a color and lowercase in a lighter version to help Sophie differentiate between them! – Plus it adds even more color!
After they were all painted, I used spray on clear sealer to add a little shine and help protect the paint!