August 15, 2011

Pretty Magnet Tutorial

I was flipping through websites a few weeks back and saw these pretty magnets someone had made and immediately wanted to make them for myself. I wish I could remember which site it was so I could give the credit but it was one of those days I was just skipping from site to site. So here is what I did...

Supplies I used:
  • Clear glass "rocks" people use for vases and candles. I picked up a bag of them from the Dollar Tree. They are the ones that have a somewhat flat side to them.
  • Pretty card stock (At least I think it's pretty--you can use what you want.)
  • Heavy duty disk magnets from Michael's
  • Scissors
  • Clear Gel Tacky Glue (I've also heard of people using Modge Podge but I was a bit skeptical on how it would hold up between a magnet and paper.)

I used one of the "rocks" and cut a square closely around it.

I then trimmed off the sides.

It was easier for me to cut from the square to make sure I was able to make it as close to the back outline of the rock as possible.

Then I added a small amount of glue..the paper has to adhere flat and if you use too much it can make ripples, distort the paper or make an ugly smear around the sides of the "rock".

The back, obviously, does not have to be pretty!

This is what it should look like after it is glued.

Add a small drop of glue to the magnet. I warn you now--it will take overnight to dry between the magnet, paper and "rock". Don't cut the dry time or you will ruin the back.

This is what they will look like when they are finished!

I could not get a good picture of the magnets on my wall calendar over my desk because of the glare of my flash and lack of picture-taking skills...but I love how they came out and how they look holding up my notes and pictures! I might have to make some for family members before I go out to Texas in a few weeks. We'll see how it goes I suppose.

I do intend on taking part in the Not Back to School Hop  but it will be later this week! :)


Misty aka Elvisgirl said...

Cool! Glad I followed the link to this, cuz I have the supplies & have been wanting to make these for a while. I think we have our first art project of the new school year!

Happy At 50 said...

Awesome, I have the stuff and 5 grand-kids that will enjoy this project. I'm new to blogging and have found some awesome people on your site and theirs. I look forward to watching you do other things.
I also have my first ebook available on parenting.
Terry @

car magnets said...

This is a great idea to customize magnets. And it haven't crossed my mind, glad to have stumble at this, I've got few magnet items that needs style. Perfect timing! Its great that I have stock pretty paper for this one.

Kelli- AdventurezInChild'Rearing said...

these make lovely little Christmas gifts! thank you!