Wednesday, May 7, 2008

Marble Magnets

Okay-- I'm addicted. I saw somewhere this cute idea to make your own little picture magnets using a decorative clear marble rock, magazine pictures and silicone glue. I thought it'd be fun to make a few and include them with the End of the Year Teacher Gifts.

I went to get the supplies, and could only find the round magnets in packages of 50. I said to myself, "Fifty? I don't need fifty! I just need about 10." Boy was I wrong. I had no idea what I was getting myself into. These are so fun to make-- and I used all 50 magnets last night and am going to go get more later on! They are unbelievably easy and the possibilities are endless. You can create themes that are geared towards ones interests or hobbies..... you could do individual letters to help your child learn to spell on the refrigerator..... you could do holiday themes.... you could do your favorite foods..... My hands are getting sweaty just thinking about the possibilities! I can hardly wait to make more. Not to mention, smooshing the glue under the rock is amazingly satisfying.

What you need:

Clear marble rocks (for vases, bowls, fish tanks, etc)
Round magnets (about the same size as the rocks)- found at craft stores or Walmart
Magazine pictures
Silicone glue (found by the caulking supplies at Walmart or Target)

What you do:

1. Go through your magazines and find little pictures that are of interest to you. Place the marble rock on top of the picture and trace around it.

2. Cut out the picture.

3. Place a little dabby of glue on the magnet. I used a toothpick to spread it around a bit.

4. Place the picture over the glue and press to adhere.

5. Now place a little dabby of glue on the picture. I didn't spread it around this time.

6. Place the marble rock over the picture and squash down the glue. You will see the glue spreading out to the sides, allowing the clear picture to show through. I also smooshed the marble rock around a tad to make sure the glue was spread evenly.

7. Allow to dry for an hour or so.

Have fun! It's so addicting!


Béatrice said...

I know how it feels when you start creating, you just can't stop! I love your idea! I noticed you said I can find the magnets at Walmart, but what about marble rock?

Michele said...

Hi Beatrice-
Thanks so much for peeking and for your comment! To answer your question, the rocks can also be found at Walmart. The bag shown is from there (I actually got everything there!) and it can be found in the craft department. That large bag was just under $2-- the magnets were about $6 and the glue was about $3. It's all pretty cheap and so fun!
Thanks again!


Béatrice said...

Thank you so much Michele, I live in Quebec, so I will see if I can find this material in store. Thanks again!