February 7, 2013

How to turn your 26.2 sticker into a car magnet

It's project time around here, and I wanted to share a really simple one with you guys.

Have you ever had a sticker that you love but don't want to permanently adhere to your vehicle. Back in college, it took me about three days to remove my parking stickers from my front windshield, and ever since then, I've had zero desire to stick anything to my car. Except for the accidental gum droppings (worse than stickers) by children, we have a stickiness-free car zone. 

And like a with a bad tattoo, who knows if you're going to support Obama in a couple of years, or even six months. So instead of going all-in with a sticker, try upgrading to a magnet. If you still have a Kerry or McCain sticker on your car because you haven't found the time to scrape it off yet, keep reading -- this tip is especially for you. 

We get lots of free hideous magnets around here. Think the giant magnets that come on the front of the phone books that are dropped off at your door. 

Exhibit A: Giant hideous magnet given to us when my kids played soccer. 


And here are some of the stickers that I'd like to convert to magnets. 


The simple steps:

1. Choose your sticker. The Birmingham Track Club sticker is the winner because it had the closest fit to the soccer magnet. Plus I love my track club. 


2. Peel and stick to your magnet, smoothing out any air bubbles. I told you this would get complex. 


3. Cut as close to the edges as possible. 


4. Admire you cutting skillz.


 5. Throw it on the back of your car and crank up your Macklemore and Ryan Lewis because you just found your come up.


Which sticker would you turn into a magnet if you could?

Do you currently have any stickers/magnets on the back of your car? Which ones? This one is joining our Railroad Park magnet. 

19 comments:

  1. Now I wish I would have saved some of those huge Upward magnets!!!

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    1. They are giant! And with two kids in soccer, we end up with a ton.

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  2. Nice! How sad that this has never occurred to me before...

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  3. What an awesome idea! And if you aren't given a hideous magnet you can always buy sheets for not too much!

    I gotta say, I broke the no bumpersticker rule for my car for my "When Mom gets CRANKY I send her for a run!" magnet and my "26.2".

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    1. If you're going to stick something, those are good choices!:)

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  4. this is truly the best thing I've read all week.
    You're a genius!

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  5. I love this idea. I have a sticker for the East Nasty running group here in Nashville that has been sitting in my car for months because I too spent way too much time trying to get various parking stickers off my car from college and apartment life. I'll have to find some magnets to use for this little project.

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  6. Love this DIY! Thanks for sharing!
    I have a couple of Ironman stickers, but I'm not sure yet if I want to be one of 'those people'! It would be great to have it as a magnet so I could take it on and off as I please!
    My husband has a sweet Oregon sticker on his vehicle. I love seeing it, as it brings back awesome memories!

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  7. I really love this idea, and I plan on getting the awesome 13.1 tiara sticker after I finish the Disney Princess Half Marathon, but I'd be so sad if someone stole it! I had this issue this summer when I worked at a summer camp. If we left our magnets on, people would steal them!! I currently have a sea turtle sticker in my back window. I don't think I'll ever regret that sticker because I love sea turtles, my degree is in marine biology, and I think I will always love the ocean (unless I get amnesia and forget I love the ocean).

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    1. Thieves!!!! I never even though about that. Maybe my magnets are too lame for people to steal.

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  8. As much as I'd love having a magnet hanging off the back of my car it's not an option for me. My car is a playskool car, no really, the whole back end must be made of plastic because there is no magnetic qualities on the back. I can stick magnets on the side of the car, not on the bumper though. I led a frustrating life. :)

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    1. That Upwards magnet rocked the side of our car last year. My kids thought that's where it looked best.:)

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  9. What an awesome idea! I always want to buy the fun race stickers but don't want them permanently stuck to my car. Now I can buy them and actually display them! Woohoo!

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  10. Such a great idea! I'm hoping to proudly show off a 26.2 at the end of May but there is no way I would just stick it on. Now I won't have to worry about that! Very smart! ;)

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  11. You are a true genius! I love it!

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  12. Such a great idea! I'll have to do this with a couple of stickers I have.

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  13. Even if it is regarding the privileges of creatures, running to generating when you need, or indicating a viewpoint about pro-life, people like to demonstrate their assistance or resistance for a certain subject.

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