Glass marble magnets


I mentioned making glass marble magnets with the boys awhile back and wanted to share pictures. K’s teacher liked the one that we gave her so much that we are making them with the kids in his class as parent presents for the holidays. They are very easy to make and the kids enjoy the process. I bought some pretty large glass marbles in the floral aisle at JoAnns. (Like these, I think.) They perfectly fit my Creative Memories 1.25″ Circle Maker craft punch conveniently enough. I have not had a lot of success finding strong magnets at the local stores, so I think I will have to take a trip down to the bigger town, 25 minutes away, and look at Michaels or AC Moore. Our local JoAnns isn’t always well-stocked.

So, I just have the kids pick a nice picture. You can also use photos. Take a gem and sort of scroll it around the page and eyeball it to see if it would be good. Once they pick a nice picture, punch it out with the craft punch. You could also trace around it and cut with scissors. Put a pea sized dollop of Aleene’s Clear Gel craft glue on the back of the gem (the flat side). Place your picture on the back, and I find it helpful to then place the gem picture side down on a piece of newspaper and press down with the flat of your palm. It spreads the glue out nicely around the whole gem. Flip over, and let dry. I will also cover the magazine picture with a blank white piece of punched paper just to make it look nicer. Then, I’ve been adhering the magnets with the regular Aleenes craft glue in the gold bottle. The clear gel glue didn’t hold the magnets on as well.

My friend came over on the day after Thanksgiving, and she made a bunch of these using my old National Geographic and Smithsonian magazines for the teachers at school. She is doing a handmade holidays, and this was the perfect addition to her teacher gifts!

The boys had a lot of fun making Star Wars and super hero ones with the Pottery Barn Kids catalog!

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4 Responses

  1. Nice! I love the ones with the flowers and coral. The look like the millefiori paperweights! But I understand why K & J like the super heros! What great gifts.

  2. We have a lot of fun when we made these. You definitely need strong magnets with the large glass marbles. Good luck finding those. They will make great gifts.

  3. We have a lot of fun when we made these. You definitely need strong magnets with the large glass marbles. Good luck finding those. They will make great gifts.

  4. these are so fun, i am addicted to making them now. didnt think about giving them to the teachers though, good idea!!!

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