I’m certainly not the first person to make or blog about marble magnets. Not Martha has an excellent review of the topic.
I remember reading that article several years ago when I made my first magnetic gems. At that time, I needed a small (read: inexpensive) gift to give out around the holidays.
So, I thought I’d tell you about my recent rediscovery of marble magnets. (and I also secretly wanted another reason to play with my DIY light box.)
When I was going through my crafts the other day, I came across the marble supplies. Turns out, I still had a few leftover packages of magnets from that Christmas season. When I gave the gifts, I wrapped up the magnets in clear candy bags with matching paper and washers to keep ’em face up. See how cute the little packages looked?
The magnets were so easy to make, I thought I’d make another little matching set for work. It is always nice to have both functional and pretty things around you, especially when you are working.
So, I selected a pretty page of Amy Butler paper and got started. I had two different size magnets for the two different size marbles. (1/2 in and 1 inch magnets)
First, I cut out my circles. One tip I have is to try and cut the circles as close to magnet size as possible. They resulting look is much cleaner without any overhang. I had a 1/2 inch punch for the small size, but I traced and hand-cut out the 1 inch circles. (I’ve got to get myself some other punches or a fancy paper cutting machine. My paper crafting supplies are sooo 2004 and a bit anorexic.)
Then, I just watched the glue dry! It dried crystal clear in about an hour.
I would advise letting the magnets dry with adequate space in between. They are attracted to each other, remember?
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