A great way to add a little patriotic spunk to your kitchen space is with these easy wooden star magnets! This is a great simple project for beginning crafters, only takes a few hours to complete, is very inexpensive, and looks great! These magnets also make for a great gift or hostess gift idea.
For this project, you will need:
– Wooden star cutouts (available at craft supply shops)
– Medium or fine grit sandpaper
– Tack cloth or other soft cloth
– Krylon Indoor Outdoor Primer in All-Purpose White
– Krylon Indoor Outdoor Paint in Regal Blue
– Krylon Indoor Outdoor Paint in Banner Red
– Krylon Indoor Outdoor Paint in Dover White
– Adhesive backed magnetic tape strips
– Newspaper and/or a large drop cloth
To start, cover where you will be working with sheets of newspaper and/or a large drop cloth. Gently sand the outside of each wooden star cutout with medium or fine grit sandpaper. The number of cutouts that you should use can vary in multiples of three, depending on how many magnets you wish to create. You may or may not also want the star shapes to vary in size, depending on the finished look you are going for. Wipe off any dust or sanding grit left behind with a tack cloth or other soft cloth.
Place all of the star shapes flat on the work area. Prime one side of the shapes using Krylon Indoor Outdoor Primer in All-Purpose White. Let the wooden stars dry for about thirty minutes. Flip the shapes over and prime the other side in the same fashion. Allow the project to dry for two or more hours.
Separate the primed wooden stars into three different groups. With the first group, spray both sides of the shapes using Krylon Indoor Outdoor Paint in Regal Blue. Continue to add coats of blue paint to both sides until you reach a desired deepness in color. Set these aside for several hours. Paint the second group of shapes with Krylon Indoor Outdoor Paint in Banner Red. Just as was done with the blue stars, keep adding coats of red paint until you reach a desired color level. Set the red stars aside to dry for several hours. Lastly, paint the final group of stars with Krylon Indoor Outdoor Paint in Dover White. Allow all star shapes to dry for a minimum of four hours before proceeding.
Heat up the hot glue gun and glue sticks. Remove the paper backing from a piece of adhesive backed magnetic tape. On the adhesive, add a dot of hot glue. Attach one painted star shape to the magnetic piece. Add a second piece of tape if the wood is to heavy for just one. Repeat this process for the remaining painted stars. One the glue has cooled completely, use the magnets as desired.
TIP: This project can be done in other color patterns instead of red, white, and blue. Consider bright pinks, bold purples, and dark blacks one color palette alternative. Or, use your imagination to come up with your own. This is a great finished product for teachers to use on their classroom blackboards.