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Bird Magnets and Gift Box

Looking for cool and unique gift ideas? Crafts with polka dot accents can be tailored to fit anyone's personal taste! Make Bird Magnets and Gift Box from Tiffany Windsor for someone you care about. This is a practical present that is perfect for spring.

Bird Magnets and Gift Box


  • Aleene’s Magnetic Tacky Dots
  • Aleene’s Clear Gel Tacky Glue
  • Aleene’s Tacky Dot Singles
  • Watercolor paper
  • Pencil with eraser
  • Acrylic paint (colors of your choice)
  • Cosmetic sponge (one for each color of paint
  • Bird and wing pattern of your choice
  • Sewing machine and thread or fine-line permanent marking pen
  • Wood box – shape and size of your choice
  • Craft foil – color(s) of your choice


  1. To create custom paper design, place a small puddle of Aleene’s Clear Gel Tacky Glue onto wax paper.

    Bird Magnets and Gift Box
  2. Dip eraser into glue and press onto paper. Repeat to create polka dot pattern on paper. Be sure to work quickly so that glue does not dry on paper.

    Bird Magnets and Gift Box
  3. Using an up and down pouncing motion, apply first color of paint in striped pattern over wet glue.

    Bird Magnet and Gift Box
  4. Repeat to create stripes of acrylic paint.

    Bird Magnets and Gift Box
  5. Immediately dab over wet glue with wet wipes to remove the glue and paint to reveal the white polka dot. Repeat to uncover all white dots. Let paper dry.

    Bird Magnets and Gift Box
  6. Trace bird and wings pattern to back of paper and cut along pattern lines.

    Bird Magnets and Gift Box
  7. There are several choices to finish your bird designs – on one example, I stitched along the edge of the bird and wings with ivory colored thread. On another example, I used a fine permanent marker to draw stitching and dots along the edges. Glue wings in place on birds.

    Bird Magnets and Gift Box
  8. Remove backing paper from Aleene’s Magnetic Tacky Dots and place magnets on back.

    Bird Magnet and Gift Box
  9. To create matching gift box, paint box inside and out. Let paint dry. Apply Aleene’s Tacky Dot Singles to outside of box.

    Bird Magnet and Gift Box
  10. Press craft foil over Tacky Dot Singles.

    Bird Magnet and Gift Box
  11. Lift to reveal foiled polka dots.

    Bird Magnets and Gift Box
  12. Place bird magnets inside box and your gift is ready to wrap!

    Bird Magnets and Gift Box

    Bird Magnet and Gift Box

For a comprehensive video tutorial of this project, check out Bird Magnets and Gift Box.

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