The concept is easy: cut an animal figurine (or almost any solid figurine) in half, drill a few holes, and glue in magnets. The magnets exert enough force to hold the two halves together, and support the weight of thin objects (like photos).
I made this set as a gift for Scoochmaroo, for the Instructables Gift Exchange.
Step 1: Tools and Materials
A bandsaw or scroll saw - I'm not sure that any other saw would work.
A drill press
A 5/16" drill bit (I used a brad point bit, it helps with alignment of the bit)
An X-acto knife
Scrap paper (or tracing paper, if you have it)
Thin double sided tape (optional)
Plastic Animal Figurines (I used genuine Schleich figurines from my local hardware store)
8mm diameter neodymium magnets (I bought a 100-pack, Sku 13518 from DealExtreme)
Two-part epoxy or superglue