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Use your favorite scrapbook papers and glass beads to create pretty magnets for your fridge. Designer Wendy Hyde uses bee images for her glass magnets. These magnets would make a great house-warming present or host(ess) gift.

Glass Magnets

Materials:

  • Glass beads: I like the large (1-1 1/2") size but you can use any size. I found mine in Target in the flowers and vases section. A whole bag only cost $4.99!
  • Scrapbook paper: or in the case of the bee magnets, I drew the image myself and photocopied it...shrank it, enlarged it etc. And the toile magnets are made with pieces of fabric...I love TOILE! And have I mentioned before how much I love BEES?
  • Scissors
  • Mod Podge: Of course!
  • Magnets: I use the round ones you can find at any craft store.
  • Hot Glue: To glue the magnets on the back.

Instructions:

  1. The way I actually made them is by cutting the paper (or fabric) into squares just larger than the beads.
     
  2. I put Mod Podge on the flat side of the bead and centered the image just where I wanted it (you can see the image even when the Mod Podge is not dry.)
     
  3. I didn't put a coat of Mod Podge on the back of the paper although you certainly could, but I did coat the back of the fabric with Mod Podge.
     
  4. After the Mod Podge was sufficiently dry, I cut around the edge of the bead trimming the paper (or fabric) as close as I could.
     
  5. Then I hot glued on the magnets.
     
  6. I have seen them made by layering on different papers etc. which can make them much fancier, but I usually make them with my kiddos and so try to keep it as simple as possible.
     
  7. These are also really fun to make into push pins. Simply use a smaller sized glass bead and hot glue flat headed push pins to the back instead of magnets.

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Ratings & Comments (10)

Nov 25, 2012

fab idea

 

Mar 17, 2012

I've made a ton of these using photos, greeting cards and even recycled paw print wrapping paper which were my favorite!

 

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Jul 4, 2011

Wonderful idea. Great project.

 

May 13, 2011

What kind of Mod Podge did you use. I made some and used the gk Loss finish Mod Podge and I wasn't completely satisfied with the finished product.

 

Jun 3, 2010

Try sanding the edges of the paper with an emery board, to get the paper as close the the edge of the glass as possible. This is a good way to closely trim any paper project attached to something else, be it wood, glass, plastic and etc.

 

May 29, 2010

Too cute! I love bees too, especially the bumbles

 

May 29, 2010

Excellent, it allow to recycle scraps of paper

 

May 28, 2010

I made Wizard of Oz magnets this way for my daughter by shrinking pictures of Dorothy's face, red shoes, Toto, etc. She loved all of them. I have also used tiny flowers cut from fabric. I hot glued the push pins on the back of mine. It was so easy and fun to do.

 

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