Thursday, December 29, 2011

Circles and Dots magnet sets

Scrapbooking is one of my crafty hobbies, which means that I have lots of scrap paper lying around. After seeing lots of different magnet crafting ideas on Pinterest I decided to make these:

Here's the link from Pinterest:

Supplies needed:
- Scrapbooking paper
- scissors
- flat bottom, clear floral marbles
- modge-podge (homemade or store bought)
- paint brush
- E-6000 glue
- magnets

I started by cutting tons of circles from a sheet of scrapbook paper that already had a circle design on it. There were six different types of patterns so I made sets of six magnets.

As an elementary school teacher I am very familiar with making my own modge-podge, but I never thought about making a lot and having it ready to go, as suggested on this pin:

Genius! So, I made my own jar of modge-podge out of Elmer's glue and water, and then used it to stick one scrapbook paper circle onto the back of each flat bottomed floral marble. I put the glue mixture on both the marble and the paper, sandwiched the two together, and then put more over the back to seal it.

I let these dry and then used E-6000 glue (industrial strength adhesive) to adhere magnets to the back of the marbles. This glue is really strong, but I hate using it because I always make a big mess!!
The magnets I used are called Magnetic Buttons and they came in a pack of 50. They're really strong and also very attracted to each other so I made sure that the drying magnets were spaced far enough apart that they didn't stick to each other (after learning the hard way that this was an important step!).

** I bought the glue and the magnets at Pat Catan's, a local craft store that has EVERYTHING.

Here is a (slightly blurry) close up of a completed magnet:

This is the set of six, decorating my refrigerator :o)

I also made a set of these in pink and orange but I forgot to take a picture of them before sending them to a friend in the mail. (FYI - if you are planning to mail magnets, make sure you check with your local postal service about restrictions and guidelines!)

I've posted a few sets of six magnets on my etsy page. If you are interested, check them out here:

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