If you’d like to skip straight to the creative project and learn how to make a magnetic photo frame from a jam jar lid then scroll down until you see Blue’s paw print below.
This episode is subtitled: ‘Of all the gin joints in all the towns…’
‘I love being busy,’ said Jaz, ‘but isn’t it nice to be calm once in a while?’
I agreed. ‘And it gives us a chance to enjoy the new surroundings. Did you notice our new containers for the gift cards match the containers for sugar sachets on the tables? Kim’s design really has brought the two halves of Teacups & Tulips together.’
Jaz was just about to tell me something else that she’d spotted when a customer came into the shop. There was something familiar about the way he walked but it wasn’t until he reached the counter that I realised it was Shaun. His face was a little craggy but there was no doubting it. My legs felt as if they were giving way so I grabbed hold of the counter and composed myself.
Shaun McArthur. My first serious crush. Oh, how I wanted to be Shaun McArthur’s girlfriend. He wasn’t one of the good-looking cocky boys from my year; he had blond hair, hazel eyes and a nose slightly too big for his face but he was kind and quietly self-assured.
It had taken me months to pluck up the courage to even say hello and I practically floated home that day because he’d muttered ‘hi’ back. After that I found ways of increasing the chances of passing him in the corridors and was ecstatic every time I saw his barely perceptible raising of an eyebrow in recognition as he walked by, laughing and joking with a bunch of friends.
I didn’t even have a conversation with him until our fifth form end of year disco (it was pre prom era, obviously). We went outside so we could hear ourselves above the music and he gave me the devastating news that his dad had got a promotion sixty miles away so he’d be joining the sixth form of a different school.
We did, however, have Chicago. ‘Hard to Say I’m Sorry’ didn’t have the most appropriate lyrics but it was the last dance – sad and slow and sentimental. It was my first and last kiss with him but there he was, standing in front of me over 30 years later. Would there be the chance of another?
Yes! I definitely saw the raised eyebrow. But did he recognise me?
‘I’d like to order some flowers please,’ he said politely and fished in his wallet for his credit card. ‘My wife’s been in hospital for the last three months and I’d like to welcome her home.’
Hopes were dashed again and I could see that it wasn’t the time to start reminiscing, even if I’d had the courage to remind him of our brief dalliance. So I took his order and later, when I got home, made something typical for teenage romantics – magnetic photo frames from old jam jar lids. Only I don’t have any photos so I’ve filled mine with pictures of Blue and me which isn’t quite the same but hopefully you get the picture!
How to Make a Magnetic Photo Frame from a Jam Jar Lid
I had quite a selection of lids to choose from to make these magnetic photo frames. There is a green stripe on the edge of the copper ones so I thought it teamed up nicely with the green one.
You’ll need some magnets and some corrugated cardboard as well as your pictures/photos.
With the lid upside down (as shown in the photos) draw round it and cut out your pictures/photos and cardboard. There was no need to glue the magnets in place, they just stay there through magnetic attraction. Because they are inside your lids, the frames will be flush against your fridge or other metal surface.
I pushed the cardboard in and it stayed in place because of the slight lip on the lid. So, no glue yet!
Now it’s time to glue the pictures to the cardboard. I made sure the edges of the picture were under the rim too. There was some ‘give’ in the cardboard to allow me to do this, even though my cardboard was quite thick. If I’d have had any gloss Mod Podge I’d have been tempted to coat the pictures with that too.
And here you are in no time at all!
- We’ve made a few things with magnets now so if you’ve still not splashed out on a set, you may start to be feeling that it’s a reasonable investment after all.
- I adapted the idea from this tutorial which you may find useful.
- Jam jar lids
- Cardboard from packaging
Well, if it’s a quick creation you want then this week is the one for you! Especially if you’ve got some photos handy that you’d like to be displayed.
See you all again next week.
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