I am a sucker for all things Lilly Pulitzer. There’s just something about those vibrant patterns that can always brighten a day. They make everything so cheery. Granted, even though most of the gorgeous designs are out of my price range, I indulge in a few things here and there.
My husband and I recently bought a house and the kitchen is very open. We have colorful Fiestaware in it and are carrying that theme throughout with the decor. In order to add a little color to our fridge, I decided to make my own Lilly magnets!
Typically, I take screen shots of any Lilly Pulitzer Instagram posts of a solid pattern and use them for phone backgrounds [@lillypulitzer]. In order to make these magnets, I just began by uploading all of those photos, cropping them to be square prints, resizing them, and printing them off. They ended up being between 3″ or 4″ squares.
You can purchase glass gems at your local Michaels or Walmart, but you can also find the size I used [about 1.25″] here and a larger version [about 2.5″] here. My sister has also used these smaller gemsand they’ve looked great too. I like the larger version for this so that you can see more of the pattern. If you can’t find them in the craft aisle then check the fish aisle!
I arranged the stones on the piece of paper, trying to find the best fit for the pattern. Some patterns had 4 stones, others just 2. I would try to frame an animal or object if there was one in the print like a fish or palm tree. After arranging them in a way that made me happy, I traced the gems one square at a time. In hindsight, I think I would cut the squares out first to make future cutting easier.
After cutting the circles out, I matched them to the gem to make sure there weren’t any paper edges hanging over. Then, I used Mod Podge [I use the gloss kind] to adhere the paper to the bottom of the stone. After that coat had dried, I painted Mod Podge on the back of the paper as well.
When the Mod Podge had completely dried, I glued a magnet to the bottom using hot glue. I, personally, like the round magnets. I feel like they last longer and are certainly stronger than the tape kind. They only take a second to dry, and then Voila! You have Lilly Pulitzer Magnets. Super easy, right?
Do you know any other tricks to help brighten up a kitchen or add a little Lilly to your world? I’d love to hear them!