Edit: Do not like magnets? Make sure to checkout 2nd instructable about "inside" StickyFrames that installs in your car!
The messages (content) can be quickly generated on a regular printer and regular paper and changing them is super easy. It comes in 2 different sizes – letter and legal. Applications are many like self advertisement that you can quickly change and modify/remove, memes (awesome for memes!), "For Sale", Political (anti pro something).
Making your own frame is easy. Once you have the material, making it will take 5-10 minutes max. The frame consists of two parts:
- First part is a flexible magnet covered with an outdoor rated adhesive on the front (thickness of .030 works great).
- Second part is a heavy duty sheet protector available at any office supplies store.
Join these two parts together and get final StickyFrames that are both water/dirt resistant and strong enough to stay on the car while driving on a freeway – no different than the standard car magnet.
Here is exactly what you do in order to make your own set of letter sized StickyFrames:
Step 1: Order a Sheet of Flexible Magnet With an Outdoor Adhesive on One Side
Of course, you can also use your own magnet vendor; just make sure that the sheet is covered in an outdoor rated adhesive and .030 thick. The material in the link has been tested many times and it works great. It will be enough for a set of 2 letter sized StickyFrames.
Step 2: Get a Pack of Sheet Protectors From Your Local Office Supply Store
Step 3: Join Two Parts Toghether
Step 4: Finish and Trim the Excess Magnet and Plastic
Step 5: Success! the DIY Car Magnet Is Ready
Step 6: Optional: Legal Sized DIY Car Magnet
Step 7: Making Content for Your Frames
that features a basic web to print interface pre-formatted for letter and legal sized messages. It should work well for creating messages quickly. Save the generated picture on your computer, print, and place in the frame.
You can also use more featured editors such as free
famous Adobe Photoshop, or open source Gimp.
When creating letter sized content in Photoshop, I create a new document that’s 2200px(w) by 1700px(h) in size. Similarly, a legal sized document will have dimensions of 2800px by 1700px.
There are also few web sites out there with free cliparts and objects. These can be downloaded as .png images and easily incorporated into your content:
Have fun making your StickyFrames and creating messages. Transform your car into a moving billboard. No need for permanent bumper stickers or one time use car magnets.