We wanted a unique save the date gift, something that our guests might actually keep past our wedding! After searching for something besides the usual printed magnet calendars, we settled on making our own!
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For this project, you will need the following materials:
- Pre-Cut and sanded 1.5” diameter wooden disks
- Magnets to affix to the back, ½” diameter works best
- A short piece of 1 x 4 pine, about 6” long
- Two Popsicle sticks or other pieces of wood
- Utility knife
- ½” or smaller wood chisel
- A pencil
- Your custom rubber stamp (You can build your own stamp here)
To help keep the stamp in the middle of the disk, we needed to build a jig to hold the disks and keep the magnet aligned. You will need a few materials. I used a scrap piece of pine 1×4, and about 5 inches long. Also a couple of pieces to align the stamp machine. First we’ll layout the base for our jig.
- Start by setting your stamp machine on top of the wood block.
- Press down on the stamp machine and make a mark on the wood
- Without moving the machine, trace around the outside of the base with a pencil
With the lines marked and scribed around the disk, it’s time to start chiseling out the recess. Don’t be intimidated, you don’t need to be perfect, but the flatter you keep the bottom of the hole, the better your results will be. I used a 1/2″ chisel, but anything around that size will work. A clamp is helpful to hold your workpiece down and keep your fingers safe.
- Start at one edge of the circle and rock your chisel side to side to start carving
- Once you’re about halfway across, start from the other side
- Eventually the disk will pop out, use the corners of the chisel to refine the edges
You could stop here, but to make your jig even more effective, let’s add some stops to line up the stamping machine.
- Line up your two pieces of scrap wood to the lines you traced around the outside.
- Hold them in place using spring clamps or hot glue.
- I used scrap pieces I had, but popsicle sticks or paint stir sticks will work.
Using a hot glue gun, glue the magnet to the back of the disk. I used a steel nail to handle the magnets and keep my fingers away from the hot glue. No need to be perfect, you can eyeball the center of the disk.
This is a fast and easy way to make magnets for any occasion. We sent these save the date magnets out with our cards; and had great response! This personalized touch to your rustic wedding is a unique gift for your guests and so different than the printed magnets everyone sends!
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