Nothing says "I have absolutely no idea what to get you" like the gift of magnets. You know? But if they're homemade it's somehow legit. I love to use the word legit. I'm just too legit to quit. I crack myself up.
This whole craft came about when I found some lovely large-ish sized flat-bottomed glass gems at the Dollar Tree. They're meant to be used as a vase filler, but there's so rules so let's make some magnets! I thought I was brilliant as my mind raced with the possibilities of a new craft--only to come home see a similar project while perusing How About Orange. It burst my crafty bubble, y'all. Whatevs. Great minds think alike.
On with the show...
To do this lovely craft, you'll need:
Flat-bottomed glass gems (the kind for filling vases with; I found mine at the Dollar Tree)
Scrapbook paper you love
Magnets (strong ones since the glass gems are heavy)
First of all, you'll want to roll a gem over your scrapbook paper in order to find a design that's suitable for a magnet. Patterns are fun, but I have been holding on to this paper for months in hopes of the perfect project 'cause I love the cute kitchen objects. This is the perfect use of this paper. (I purchased it at Jo-Ann Fabric and it's still available there if you want it, too!)
Then cut out your design to fit the bottom of the glass gem. Trace if you need to. (I needed to.)
Apply a thin layer of Mod Podge to the flat side of the glass gem and affix your paper. Let it dry. (Duh.)
Apply Gorilla Glue to back of gem and add your magnet. Then clamp it per Gorilla Glue instructions. (Initially I tried to do this part with hot glue. Fail! The hot glue is not strong enough and it will just detach from the magnet at the first sign of stress.)
If you don't have clamps, you can use a clothespin, though I'll admit, it takes a lot more finesse. Plus it feels better to use manly tools like clamps when crafting. Don't you agree?
So, keep some of these simple little magnet sets on hand for those "I have no idea what to give you!" occasions that are sure to pop up.
Isn't the theme of these magnets perfect for a kitchen??
A friend from church shared a yummy recipe with me that I can't wait to try. It's on the fridge with one of my new magnets.
Keep your eyes peeled this week for a few more magnet crafts. I'm kind of on a kick.