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How to Make Your Own Poetry Magnets
How to Make Your Own Poetry Magnets

Poetry Magnet Craft

Sherri Osborn
You can buy small, magnetic poetry words at stores for big bucks or you can spend a few dollars and a little time and make your own magnetic poetry. You can create these for any age. For young kids, make bigger magnets or simple letters and words, you can also make letters and end words such as 'at', 'an', 'en', and so on so that two magnets can be put together to make a word. For older kids let them write their own words. They can use names of family and friends, popular places, current slang terms, plus plenty of filler words such as 'the', 'and', 'is', and so on.

  • Age Guideline: 6 Years and Up
  • Time Required: 30 minutes (Does not include drying time)

The above age and time guidelines are estimates. This project can be modified to suit other ages and may take more or less time depending on your circumstances.

Materials Needed:

Instructions:
Download my magnetic poetry word list or you can create your own using your imagination or my suggestions above. If you type up your own magnetic poetry words, you should double space the lines and leave enough space between words so you can cut them out easily. Don't forget to add plenty of common nouns, verbs, pronouns, and conjunctions to your word list.

Once the word list is ready, print a test page on regular paper and proof read it. If it looks good, print it out on the magnet sheet. Let the ink dry, and then spray your magnet sheet with a few very light coats of the clear acrylic spray, letting it dry between coats. This will help seal the printer ink, just make sure they are very light coats of the spray sealer.

While you are waiting for your magnet sheet to dry, you can paint your Altoid Mint or candy tin. Once that paint is completely dry, spray the dry tin with a few coats of clear acrylic spray. You can also leave the Altoid tin as-is if you prefer or decorate it with other items you have.

Use a pair of scissors scissors to carefully cut out the words and/or letters you printed on the magnet sheet. Cut out a row first, and then each individual word or letter. Place your magnetic words in the tin for safe keeping!

Your magnetic poetry words can be used on a refrigerator, locker, or even a cookie sheet. You can store your magnets in the tin or even use the metal tin to play with the letters because they will stick to it. One nice thing about this project is that you can constantly add to it and change it if you like. Enjoy!

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