In addition to our boozy gift baskets, we made cute marble magnets for nearly everyone on our gift list this holiday season. In fact, these were so easy and fun to create, we couldn’t stop making them. We packaged them in little cellophane bags and tied them right into the bows on our packages. Now that we’re past the holidays, these would make great little hostess or birthday gifts… dressed up in an Altoid tin, perhaps? Here’s a pile of our magnets before they went into their gift bags:
Supplies: You can find the supplies to make 50 magnets at your local craft store for less than $10. You’ll need glass floral beads and basic magnets (I chose 3/4 inch for the size of my magnets/beads, but other sizes are available), Glass & Bead glue, and a circle punch (the punch is completely optional – if you’re more precise and less lazy than I am when it comes to cutting out tiny circles, skip it!)
Step 1: Cut out a circle of the image you want in your magnet. We used our wedding logos, initials, designs, photos, you name it. The circle punch makes this step a breeze. I printed my images onto cardstock so they’d be stiffer against the glue, but anything will work – even pages torn out of magazines.
Step 2: Put a small dot of glue onto the magnet and spread with a paper clip or toothpick.
Step 3: Place your paper circle onto the magnet and press. You’ll notice that I sized our logos smaller than the magnet; that’s because I wanted to see all the text even with the marble’s magnification. With more graphic images, I sized them right at 3/4 inch.
Step 4: Apply a second layer of glue to the magnet and spread, just as you did in Step 2.
Step 5: Place the glass bead on top of the glue and move it around until you’re happy with the placement (you’ll have about 30 seconds to do this before the glue starts dying). When you like the way it looks, apply pressure to the entire magnet for a few seconds to help it stick together.
Step 6: Voila! Affix to your fridge and ooh and ahh at its DIY cuteness!