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Glass Magnets

By: Wendy Hyde

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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