My kids like fake tattoos and because they’re usually a whopping $1 a package so we indulge them. The problem is they come in these horrible enveloped packages that I usually rip trying to open. We’d consolidate, fold them over best we could, clip them with a refrigerator magnet and there they would hang.
So the other day when the kids begged for a tattoo I thought there’s got to be a better way. I hit my resource box (i.e. The box of packages I won’t let my husband recycle on the off chance I might be able to make something with them.) and found the brie container from this recipe I shared a few weeks back. Then I thought, wouldn’t it be great if I could get this to stick to the refrigerator and hide all the ugly tattoos inside it?
- Any small, relatively flat package with an easy to open lid, we used the brie package
- Mod Podge or glue
- Paint or decorative paper
- strong, flat magnets
- double stick tape
- hot glue gun
I started out writing detailed directions and then I thought…wait, surely everyone knows how to cover a box, paint a box, etc. So cover that box with paint or paper and then head over to The Graphics Fairy for a graphic to put on the front.
Think of something clever to print out on paper, paint, use paper, use graphics, just as long as you cover the sides of the box.
Whip out the Mod Podge or the glue and go crazy with the graphics!
Okay, I AM going to explain myself here. I started out by using the double sided tape to attach one of those thin magnets that comes with the phone book to the bottom of the box. The magnet wasn’t strong enough so I used one from a broken clip. I had to hot glue it on to the box. It is on one end because when the tattoos settle, that’s where it’s heaviest. The top is also able to create magnetic contact with the fridge this way.
When everything was said and done, the kids and I sat down to cut up all the tattoos so they’d fit in the container and also so they could finally pick one out.
Things to remember:
- I put this on the side of the fridge…I don’t know if I’d trust it on a door.
- Remember it’s FILLED with little pieces of paper, don’t open it until you’ve taken it off the fridge. Yes, I opened it while it was hanging there. I am that person.
- If the lid doesn’t want to stay on improvise with double sided tape, hot glue, or even rubber bands around the sides of the bottom piece. That way when you put the lid on it it has something to help it grip and stay closed.