Sunday, October 11, 2009

Magnet Magic - Tutorial

I made these magnets at Father's Day for all the guys in my life. They are SUPER simple and fun and I thought I'd share a tutorial with you.
Here is what you will need:
(Plus a pair of scissors and the scrapbook paper, picture or design you want.)
Make sure you use good quality magnets, not the flat strip kind. They stink! I used Mod Podge, and know that it works really well. Also, I used E-6000 because it's a super strong permanent glue and there is no doubt that the magnets are on for good!

Step 1: Place the glass marble over your paper, situating it how you like it. Trace around them with a pencil. If you are using paper with a random pattern, you could probably just skip this step. Perfection is not required!
Step 2: Holding the marble and the paper firmly, cut around the edge of the paper so it is just slightly smaller than the marble.
Step 3: Use a sponge brush to spread a thin layer of Mod Podge on the flat side of the glass marble.
Step 4: Press the glass marble firmly over the top of your cut paper. Make sure the paper is centered. Turn it over and spread out any air bubbles if you need to.
Step 5: After your glue is completely dry, trim any paper edges that are poking out behind the marble.
Step 6: Apply a small amount of E-6000 to the back of your magnet.
Step 7: Press the magnet firmly onto the back of your glass tile. You will be able to wiggle it around till it is in the center.
Step 8: Let the glue dry for about an hour. Then hang up your new magnets.
Stand back and admire your work!
There are so many possibilities with these magnets. I also used small family portraits, and you could use fabric, wallpaper or monograms. They are super quick and easy. I've had many questions regarding the pictures I used and I must admit that I am a Flair freak on Facebook, so my pictures were simply cut & pasted from Flairs on Facebook.
If you are giving them as a gift, you could use a small Altoid tin (dressed up, of course!). It is the prefect size for 6 of them and the magnets stick to the metal tin!
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4 comments:

Craig, Blair and Turbo Skousen said...

Such a cute idea! I'm always looking for cute fridge magnets so this is perfect.

Thanks for stopping by my blog too!

:) Blair

Linda@Coastal Charm said...

Soooo cute...luv your idea...thanks for sharing!

Blessings,
Linda

Jacky said...

Oh, those are so cute! I could think of tons of ways do dazzle up the refrigerator...I have quite a stash of scrapbook paper that I could use!

Stopping in from SITS! =)

Jan @ bobbypins boardwalk said...

You're a clever one, Tiff! Those are so much fun! Thank you for sharing these "bragables" on the Boardwalk Bragfest!