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Glass Magnets

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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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