When I found out I was losing my job, I decided I wanted to start a list of DIY projects and crafts I’ve always wanted to try to, you know, do myself. While I’m looking for a job, and working on making babies — I figured that would give me something to do, and occasionally write about.
Are you using Pinterest yet? No? Well, you should be. That’s where I’ve been saving my list of Things to DIY.
Anyway — a few days ago I decided to stock up on supplies and take advantage of some tax-free shopping, so I gathered together my shopping list, and my gay boyfriend, and we headed over to Hobby Lobby.
I told Matty I wanted to start with Magnets. Either those cute glass magnets or some fabric-covered button magnets.
He… didn’t get it.
I mean, he understood the words I was saying. But he couldn’t fathom why anyone would want to sit at home and make their own magnets when you could just go out and buy them.
After an hour, I stopped explaining, and just told him to help me find things.
Anyway, I loaded up on supplies — got home, and tried my hand at magnet making.
Then I realized about one third of the supplies I bought kind of sucked, and weren’t really what I wanted, so I went back to HobLobs the next day, and added a few more things to my crafty arsenal.
I decided to start with the glass magnets. Actually, that’s a lie. I started with the fabric-button magnets — in fact, I’ve made like a dozen of them, and given some away as gifts. But I forgot to take pictures while I was doing it, so that’ll have to wait…
Anyway, for the glass magnets.
I started with:
Glass Gems (I found mine in the Floral Department — you know the ones that are flat on the bottom, and round on the top. The first batch I bought were too small for what I wanted, so I went back and got some that measured a little over an inch across/35mm.)
Modge Podge (I got the glossy finish, since glass is also glossy)
One-Inch Round Craft Punch
3/4 Inch Magnets
The process of making magnets is… pretty easy.
First I pulled out a few glass gems to practice with.
Then I decided which papers I wanted to use for the underside. The gems will magnify the image underneath, so I just sat down and pushed them around until I found a design I liked.
Then I punched the design out with the craft punch.
Flip the glass over and paint a thin layer of the Modge Podge onto the flat side of the glass.
Center the paper (design-side towards the glass) and press down around the edges to squeeze out the extra glue. Don’t panic if it looks like there’s a lot of glue between the glass and the paper — it’ll dry completely clear.
Once all the papers were punched and glued to the glass, I left them upside down to dry for a few hours — even though they were dry to the touch within like 30 minutes.
I decided to use Gorilla Glue to attached the magnets, but I wasn’t prepared for how much it expanded once it dried. In a few places, the glue was almost visible through the paper — but really only if you were looking for it. It didn’t bother me enough that I didn’t keep them on the fridge or anything. Now that I know, I’ll use less the next time I feel the urge to make magnets.
I was really happy with the way they turned out in the end. I like that the glass isn’t perfectly round, so they’re all a little bit different and unique. Some have bubbles too — which I love. And if you exclude the drying time (which I do, because I ate things and laid on the sofa while they dried) the whole process only takes a few minutes.