Friday, August 19, 2011

diy {magnets}

I was cleaning out my craft space (or as my family jokingly calls it, "the factory") and I came across a few miscellaneous objects that I thought would be good to use for a project. Here are the items before: some flat glass marbles, unfinished wooden squares, and bottle caps. Now they are super cute magnets for my fridge! Scroll down to see how I made all three styles...

Glass marble magnet


-Trace the marble onto the paper that you want to use.
I used pages from an old US road map but you could use whatever you like.
 -Cut out the shape
 -Apply a thin layer of Mod Podge to the front of the paper and smooth it onto the glass marble.
 -Place a small dot of Gorilla Glue (or E6000) to the magnet and place it on the back of the marble (I placed a book on top of the magnets for some pressure while it dried.)
 And voila, lovely map magnets!

Bottle cap magnets


-Cut a circle the size of the inside of the bottle cap. My 1 inch circle punch happened to be a perfect fit.
 - Apply a thin layer of Mod Podge to the back of the paper and place it inside the bottle cap.
 -Starting with the outside edges, fill the cap with dimensional craft glaze. It will be cloudy at first but it dries clear. Allow 24 hours to dry.
-Place a small dot of Gorilla Glue (or E6000) to the magnet and place it on the back of the bottle cap (I placed a book on top of the magnets for some pressure while it dried.)
 Ta da! Colorful and cute bottle cap magnets.

Wooden square magnets


-You can leave the wooden squares unfinished or you can paint them, stain them or color them.
For these squares I applied a coat of sepia decoupage.
 -Cover the square with self-adhesive lace and trim the edges.
If you don't have sticky-back lace you could use Mod Podge to apply lace trim to the square.
  -Place a small dot of Gorilla Glue (or E6000) to the magnet and place it on the back of the square (I placed a book on top of the magnets for some pressure while it dried.)
 And there you have it, darling and unique wooden square magnets!
 Here are all three styles together. I love how they look on my fridge. What one is your favorite?

21 comments:

  1. These are great! Magnets are so much fun to make for anybody!

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  2. I LIKE THEM VERY MUCH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  3. my favorite are the one with glass marbles, it's really a nice idea!

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  4. I found your blog through craftgawker and I'm glad I did! Your photos are beautiful. I can't wait to read more of your posts.

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  5. great! i love these! one thing i had a question about though... did you put a flat marbe on the bottle cap ones as well? or just leave it as the mod podge paper?

    thanks for showing us how to do this!!

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  6. How clever! I have all this lying around the house...can't wait to get started. Thank you!

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  7. I love all of your DIY posts! i have been looking at making magnets and pins, and this is a wonderful inspiration :) Do you think a hot glue gun would work instead of the Gorilla Glue for applying the magnet pieces?

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  8. @Alyssa Thanks! I'm glad you enjoy the DIYs. As for your question, hot glue can definitely work, it just won't provide as permanent a hold as Gorilla Glue.

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  9. @Anonymous I didn't use a marble for the bottle cap magnets, just a layer of mod podge dimensional magic.

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  10. I love love love your ideas. Thank you so much for sharing

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  11. Love this! It's just what I was looking for! I have these metal "strings" that hang on the wall used for hanging photos on with magnets. However, I didn't like the magnets they came with. I wanted something unique and customizable. This is exactly what I wanted. Thank you for sharing!

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  12. I was wondering if you could share where you got the lace for this project. I can't find any that I like as much as what you used, or that really works well for this project. I would really appreciate it. I love your blog.

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    1. Hi Kilara,
      I actually found that lace tape at a scrapbook convention in Anaheim last year. I haven't seen it elsewhere in stores unfortunately. Perhaps you could try a scrapbooking store? Hope you find some!

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  13. Thank you for this awesome tutorial! Must try these when I get home from travelling :)
    I also shared it my blog: http://whiterabbittreasures.blogspot.com/2012/07/etsy-treasury-magnetic-diy-magnets.html

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  14. I love making these magnets; they are a great inexpensive gift for friends, teachers, etc. I have found that using the neodymium magnets (available on eBay) are the best because they are small and super, super strong. I also prefer to use epoxy over Modge Podge for the glass because it seals really well and is impenetrable.

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  15. I love making these magnets; they are a great inexpensive gift for friends, teachers, etc. I have found that using the neodymium magnets (available on eBay) are the best because they are small and super, super strong. I also prefer to use epoxy over Modge Podge for the glass because it seals really well and is impenetrable.

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  16. thank you , i have had several goes at the bottle cap ones but always failed because I didnt want ot use scary 2 pot resin with children.. yah modge podge I say..and I love the glass bead ones:)off to buy supplies for my craft class on wednesday, I have approx 35 kiddlets who turn up in the holidays for our free progamme

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  17. Thank you so much! You have absolutely no idea how much you have helped me. I was given the amazing opportunity to take a trip to Europe next summer. However, the trip will cost over $6,000. Although my parents would be able to scrape together the money, I wanted to help. I found your amazing website and started to made some of the wonderful crafts you have on here. I now have earned $125 in only three weeks! Thank you so much and I will defiantly recommend your site to others. (:

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  18. Great idea! Sweet little project that will make great stocking stuffers! Thanks for sharing!

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