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More Mother's Day Photo Magnets! by Brenda Ponnay for

More Mother’s Day Photo Magnets!

By Brenda Ponnay

So we’ve established that moms need magnets for Mother’s Day, right? How about some other magnet crafts? You can pretty much stick a magnet on anything and slap it on the fridge but here is something that might intrigue the little ones. How about a bubble diorama magnet? And to make it even more interesting what if we made it inside a slurpie drink lid! You needed an excuse to head to your favorite coffee shop for an iced drink right?

Do it for the kids!


Here are the supplies you will need

• Slurpy drink or iced coffee dome lids
• card stock
• origami or scrapbook paper
• little face photos
• glue (a hot glue gun* is nifty but any quick-drying glue will do)
• toothpicks
• pencil
• scissors
• crayons or anything you might like to use to decorate a little scene

tracing and cutting

First you’ll need to create your scene. Do this by cutting a circle out of card stock that is just a smidge (1/4 inch) smaller than your dome lid. You can do this by tracing the lid and then cutting out your circle and trimming it down by a quarter inch or less.

just a smidge smaller than lid

You’ll need it to fit just into the lip of the lid like the photo above.


Now to create your scene: You can color a picture with crayons or markers or you can do like I did and create a layered diorama with cut-out shapes from origami or scrapbook paper. Just start with the object that is furthest away like the sky.


Then add shapes that look like mountains, working your way forwards with lower and lower shapes. To create a sense of distance you can put spacers between your layers.


I created spacers with small tabs of card stock folded like into a lightning bolt shape but you could also use those thick sticky round tabs or thick glue dots from your local craft store. You just want to create a tiny bit of space between each layer.

insert girl into scene

When the landscape was all glued in, I added a little body made out of an origami dress, some quickly drawn arms and a cut-out face attached to a toothpick and glued the whole she-bang behind the first hill.

glue and affix lid

Then I glued a fine bead of glue along the inner lip of the slurpie dome lid and dropped in my scene.


She’s trapped forever!

affix the magnet near the top

Then I added a magnet to the top of the back and voila! Genie in a bottle! I mean cute little bobble faced kid in a magnet!

Help I'm trapped in a Starbucks Lid!

Bug's Diorama Bubble

My daughter opted to draw in her scene and add some decorative moss we had on hand as her landscape. Whatever way you do it, it will be fun to look at a little scene like this on your refrigerator.

Happy Mother's Day

Especially next to some letter magnets that say “HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY!”

Difficulty Level: Medium (gluing can be tricky but coloring and assembly is great for all ages)
Appropriate Age levels: School Age and Up

*Remember glue-guns are for grown-ups who don’t cry if they burn their fingers.

Find more Mother’s Day ideas here.

About the Author

Brenda Ponnay

Brenda Ponnay is a stealthy secret agent who juggles parenthood to her adorable daughter by day and freelance graphic design/illustration by night. Whether it’s painting, baking, drawing, mak...

Brenda Ponnay is a stealthy secret agent who juggles parenthood to her adorable daughter by day and freelance graphic design/illustration by night. Whether it’s painting, baking, drawing, making castles out of cardboard boxes or just doing the laundry with flair, Brenda Ponnay has learned that what really makes her happy is being creative every single day.

You can read about all her crazy adventures on her personal blog: Secret Agent Josephine.

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  • C Blansett-Cummins

    May 11, 2012 at 9:03 pm

    Really net.

  • C Blansett-Cummins

    May 11, 2012 at 9:04 pm

    Oops! really neat! (There was an ad floating over the comments box that couldn’t be moved.)

  • Zakka Life

    May 14, 2012 at 5:16 pm

    So fun! I like that this could be used for just about any occasion.