What You Need:
- wooden plaques. I found a package of 6 business card sized ones in the wood crating aisle at Michael's.
- primer (we do so much room-painting in this house I have a can in the basement almost always)
- magnets. Self-adhesive ones are even better. Use hot glue if they aren't self-adhesive.
- acrylic craft paints. Yes, it's messy, make sure you have smocks and paper lining your work surface.
- water in a jar for rinsing
- paper towels for drying rinsed brushes
- paper plate for paints.
- water-based polyurethane.
- brushes for painting and brushes for sealing.
What You Do:
- A day ahead, prime the wood plaques on one side.
- Next day, get your work surface ready for mischief by covering it with newspaper or brown paper. Drip some paint onto a paper plate palette. Get out your jar of water, paper towels, brushes. Lay out your primed plaques.
- Call in the beasts to paint. Let the artworks dry overnight (or for another day if you have a paint blobber like I do.)
- Brush on two coats of poly, leaving them to dry in between coats.
- When dry, stick magnets on the back.
- Give away on Mother's Day. Or on ANY day. And maybe even keep one or two.