DIY Photo Magnets for Mother’s Day

photo magnets you can make yourself for a cute magnet gift for Mother's Day

Mother’s Day Magnets

The hard part about being a blogger around Mother’s Day (and Father’s Day) is that I can’t really share the gift ideas I come up with because the people who receiving these gifts also frequently visit my blog (my mom, my mother-in-law, my husband). This Mother’s Day my mother-in-law will be out of town, so we had an excuse to give her the Mother’s Day present a little early… which also meant that I could share this with you with a few days left to get it ready!

The ever-popular idea to spell out “GRANDMA” using photos of the kids holding up each corresponding letter worked out perfectly for our family because there are SEVEN grand kids on my husband’s side…and there are 7 LETTERS in the word “GRANDMA”!!! Perfect!

I’ve seen similar ideas framed as a Mother’s Day gift, but I thought it would be fun to make our photos into kid-friendly refrigerator magnets (and I couldn’t find a frame with space for 7 pictures). This way whenever the kids visit Grandma and Grandpa’s house, they can look at their picture and spell out Grandma’s name on the refrigerator. :)  Plus, custom refrigerator magnets are a lot easier to make than you would think!

DIY Fridge Magnets For Mother’s Day

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Letters about 9″ tall spelling out your chosen name. I used wooden letters, but you could also cut out letters from poster-board or foam.
  • a camera
  • access to a place where you can get your pictures developed (or a printer to print them yourself)
  • a laminator (optional)
  • magnetic tape (which we got from

magnetic tape for your fridge magents

How To Make Cute Fridge Magnets

Step 1:  Take your photos.

My favorite part was taking pictures of the kids! They were oh-so-cute and very cooperative (for the most part, anyway)!

G for Grandma photos

We also made the following with just our kids for my parents… our boys are the only grandchildren on my side of the family. The boys call my mom “Lola”  (her name is Loretta)…

…and my dad “Papa”.

STEP 2:  Print out and laminate your photos.

After I took the pictures, I had each child’s picture developed into wallet-size prints at Walgreens. I then cut them out and laminated them individually.

STEP 3:  Attach magnetic tape to the back of each photo magnet.

attach magnetic tape to the back of the laminated photo

Trying out Grandma’s Mother’s Day magnets on our refrigerator… don’t mind the smudge marks! Such cute photo magnets!

fridge magnets for Mother's Day

A cute photo magnet for a special Mother’s Day gift for Grandma!

A Mother's Day magnet gift

While we had all the kids in one spot, we also chose to take a few pictures of ALL the grand kids TOGETHER! This will be for another gift!

cute Grand kids photo

My oldest nephew was not very impressed with our attempts at getting the kids to smile!

Love this one! Silly kids!

Looking for another special Mother’s Day gift idea?

5 Mother’s Day Crafts Preschoolers Can Make

Magic Mother’s Day Card

Personalized Candle For Mom

Personalized Mother’s Day Tea Towel

Mother’s Day Coupon Bouquet

Hand Print Tulip Towels

Personalized Pot Holders

Easy Mother’s Day Vase

First published 2012. Updated 2019.



  1. This is great! And I made a ‘following in your footsteps’ pic for my husband last year with our 3 boys and it’s one of his most treasured items. Thanks for the great ideas!!

  2. aww what a great idea. What Grandma wouldn’t love a gift like this! Your pictures turned out fantastic very cute models you had!

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