July 7, 2014

DIY: Dress-up Activity Magnets + A Giveaway!

This post has been sponsored by Silhouette America - I have been provided materials for this post - but don't worry, all ideas/comments/crazy notions are mine, always. :)

Summer is a lot of fun, but it can be boring most times (especially for kids). When my siblings get bored, they'd get really cranky, roll around the carpet and yell 'I'm boooooreeed'. Naturally, my mom tries to keep them busy by enrolling them in various summer activities like swimming, tennis and piano lessons and some planned trips. We needed a way to track who's doing what, but I wanted it to be fun-looking. Silhouette has sent some blogger friends and me a bunch of Silhouette goodies for a challenge post, so with the help of my trusty Silhouette I decided to make some people-shaped fridge magnets. Aren't they the cutest?!

What's needed
  • Silhouette Adhesive Magnet paper
  • Template (download mine at the end of the post)
  • Flesh-colored paper
  • Printed scrapbook paper
  • Silhouette Washi sheets
  • Silhouette Fabric interfacing
  • Fabric
  • Iron

First off, cut your magnet paper - I provided a free download to the figures I used at the end of the post (please note that these files are for personal use only!). I was able to cut this many in one sheet of magnet paper with the shortest person figure at 2.5". 

Next, cut your flesh-colored paper, peel the wax paper off the magnet paper and stick the flesh-colored paper onto the magnet paper. This took me a while since I wanted them to line up exactly (I am very OCD with these things...) 

Now you just have to cut up the clothes for each member of the family:

You can use normal scrapbook paper - just cut them up and stick onto the magnet sheet. 

You can even make matching clothes for the family!

Or washi paper. With washi paper, it always helps to have another layer of paper underneath (because washi sheets are a bit transparent). Btw, I love the patterns on the Silhouette Washi sheets. 

You can also use fabric! Just use some fabric interfacing (for these ones I used Silhouette fabric interfacing) before cutting and you're good to go. Also, you might want to seal the edges with glue to stop future fraying.

Now all that's left to do is stick them onto your fridge and dress them up however you like! It can also be used as a boredom buster for smaller children - much like paper dolls. We are a family of six so I made six figures. 

I also made ones with holes in the head part to make picture people. I just love these so much that it makes me giggle every time I see them - although I haven't found the right picture to use yet.

You can also cut up hair for them, or embellish them anyway you like. I plan on making magnetic hair for them as well - but that's for another day :D 

Aren't they just awesome?! You can vote for which project you like the most - they're all awesome, but vote anyway :D We also have a really fun giveaway for you guys - one lucky reader is going to win a box of Silhouette goodies just like the ones sent to us. So enter now!

What do you use to keep track of your summer family activities? Hope you have a great week friends!



  1. These are so fun, Aki! I think the fabric clothes are my favorite. My kids would love these!

    1. Thanks Alexis! It's my fave too, cause there are so many fabric options out there! :)

  2. So cute! I need to make some of these for my kiddos. They would love them!

    1. Thanks Linda! They'd be a great boredom buster for them (for a while, anyway). :)

  3. I have made myself something familiar but these are so cute! thanks for sharing the template! kisses from athens, greece!

    1. Great minds think alike? :) Thanks for dropping by!

  4. So creative! So cool!
    Another new friend from Greece!

    1. Thank you! I am glad you like them :D

  5. Thank you so much Aki! These are greatly appreciated. I showed my daughter these and she instantly wanted some. I love that you have some of the heads cut out in the center so that they can be placed over photos. Be cute to see how my little one "dresses" mama and daddy. Lots of fun!!!!

    1. Glad you and your daughter love it! Wishing you tons of fun times playing with these :)

  6. Super cute! I like this. I think you need disc magnet for your designs :)

  7. Wow, it is excellent job wish you more success. Continue it as high you can anyway it is a good job you are doing.
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