Photo gifts are some of my favorite things to give! See how to easily create DIY Photo Magnets with the Cricut Explore Air. This post contains affiliate links.
I’m a sucker for photo magnets. I gave out several for Christmas gifts last year. Any time I see a photo company offering those freebie magnets like they do every so often, I usually can’t resist ordering one. The downsides to ordering magnets from a photo company are 1) I still have to pay shipping (which is often a bit too expensive) and 2) the freebie usually takes a few weeks to arrive. When I want a photo magnet to give as a gift in a last minute situation, this means I need to get creative and DIY it!
Luckily, my Cricut Explore Air 2 makes DIY Photo Magnets easy. New Cricut users often ask if uploading their own images is easy to do in Cricut Design Space. Absolutely yes! I’ve used several different softwares in my day, and Cricut Design Space is the most user friendly when it comes to uploading personal photos and images.
- Home printer
- Cricut Explore Air 2 or Cricut Explore Air
- Cricut Printable Magnet Sheets
- Cricut Strong Grip Cutting Mat
Open Cricut Design Space. Click on Insert Images. Choose the shape that you would like the magnet to be. In this case, I’m using a heart.
Make the shape the size that you would like the finished magnet to be.
Click on Upload Images.
Click Upload Pattern.
Click “Browse” to upload your image.
Upload the image and click save. After uploading the image, you may think at first that the photo has disappeared. To find any image that you have uploaded to be a pattern, click on the shape layer and then click print.
Click on Patterns.
Click the image that you would like to use as the pattern.
If the photo is not centered, click on “edit” to move and resize the photo.
Now print and cut like you would any other image. If you’re new to print and cut, click “Go” at the top menu bar in Cricut Design Space and then follow the directions. The software will walk you through it.
For the printable vinyl, use the StrongGrip Cutting Mat.
No matter if you are uploading images to be used as a cut file or as a pattern, Cricut Design Space makes it super simple. Give this project a try and let me know how it goes! You’ll be making them for Christmas gifts before you know it.
For more Cricut tutorials, information, and projects, be sure to check out my Cricut Class page!