I don’t know why good magnets are hard to find and expensive when you do find them. Recently I was at my sister’s house and commented on some of her pretty magnets. I was surprised to hear that she and her kids made them! Why had I never thought about that before?!?!? I am all about easy crafts that are inexpensive and practical.
Here is what you’ll need:
- Bag of glass gems – those half marble decoration pieces. I found some 1 inch ones at the dollar store which were the perfect size. Just make sure they are clear so you can see the paper through them.
- Pretty paper – I used different printed scrap-booking paper
- Strong magnets
- Mod podge
- Hot glue gun
On the back of the paper, trace the half marbles with a pencil. Cut each circle out. I did this for a few and then decided to just cut small squares of paper and then on the print side line the marble over the section of paper I wanted to show through on the magnet. While holding the marble in place, you can cut the paper around it to the desired size. NOTE: cutting the paper this way makes it more challenging for younger kids. Little Mouse lost interest in cutting really quickly.
Next, paint some Mod podge on the flat side of the marble. Place the paper, print side down on top of the glue. Continue until you have glued paper onto each marble. Little Mouse loved helping with this part!
After the glue dries, hot glue one magnet onto the paper side of the marble. Once the glue cools, your magnets are complete. We made close to 100 magnets in less than an hour!
You can enjoy them all to your self, or give them away as gifts. We kept some and have used others as Christmas gifts for teachers – who doesn’t need more magnets?! I love to give home made gifts to teachers, especially when Little Mouse has had a part in making them. Even after assembling the gifts, we now have plenty of magnets on our fridge!!