I’m terrible at drinking water. Really awful. And with the Chicago deep freeze winter I’m even more dehydrated than usual. Enter my new DIY water drinking tracking ‘system’ …refrigerator magnets!
Simply place the long one marked 1 through 8 on your fridge above the water dispenser. Layer the square tally marker on top. Start each day off at “1” and then move the tally square magnet on top to track each water refill.
I whipped these up in orange and gray to play around with what would look best with my DIY refrigerator magnets from vintage milk and juice bottle caps …plus I’m giving you a merriment-inspired blue and green. And I used the Ribbon font by the Lost Type Co-Op not only because it’s cute but also because everyone likes to be rewarded, yes?
All you need is my free printable water tracking template, printable magnet paper (or I used my old air conditioning vent magnets and sticker paper), an Xacto knife, and a steady hand. And a glass, of course.
Drink up, dear readers. Drink up.
Supplies for making an ‘8 glasses a day’ water drinking tally refrigerator magnet:
- Kathy’s free water tracker printable (PDF)
- Full-sheet sticker paper and dryer vent magnets from the hardware store (OR just by printable magnet paper)
- Xacto knife, metal ruler and small self-healing cutting mat
- Good paper scissors
- Computer and printer
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How to make an ‘8 glasses a day’ water drinking tally refrigerator magnet:
Print my free water drinking tally PDF onto full-sheet sticker paper (or just onto the printable magnet paper).
Cut loosely around the printed sticker — you’re going to trim it closer in a minute.
Peel off the sticker backing…
…and stick it onto the dryer vent magnet (of course skip this if you used the printable magnet paper).
Line your metal ruler up on the edge and cut using an Xacto knife.
It makes nice, clean edges like so!
Now here’s a trick for cutting out the square tally markers: Cut the inside square out first.
See the difference? For the gray tally on the left, I cut the outside first and then the inside. The white snags are too much for this perfectionist so I tried again. Same thing happened. So then I got smart and cut the center out first like on the right to keep it from shifting while I cut it.
Mix and match the colors, gray onto orange, orange onto gray.
Or vice versa.
Now fill that glass.
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