Having magnets and photos and assorted crap hanging on my refrigerator is against my religion. Seriously, it is. Unfortunately it seems to be one of the tenets of the religion my children practice. Along with tossing their wrappers on the floor, painting the bathroom mirror with toothpaste, and a diet purely of carbohydrates.
Something about random things stuck on the refrigerator feels so cluttery and messy to me. I realize I am in the minority here. And let me say, that it doesn’t bother me at your house, just my own.
I got some photo mattes, inexpensive ones. I happened to have these already in some picture frames I wasn’t using. I think you can buy these at a store like Walmart for about $1.
I got out some craft paints and sponges and the children dabbed on the paint.
Once it was dry I added stick on magnets to the back side of the frames.
I originally put the magnets like this, thinking they would also hold the photos or drawings in the frames. But I discovered that the magnets worked better when I put a long strip on top and a long strip on the bottom.
Now the artwork and photos on the refrigerator look like art. More finished, like they were put there on purpose, not stuck up on there because we had run out of room in the junk drawer.
I did these in pink and reds for valentine’s Day. We planned on sending some to the grandparents.
I think I am going to have the kids do some more, and put their names on their own matte. That way they have a specific place to display a prized drawing or photograph, other than taping it to a wall, which likewise drives me nuts.