I love making magnets!
Yesterday, I showed you how to alter Altoids tins to make a little home for things…like these awesome magnets I made for my brother. (Hey Bro!! :D)
Today, I’m going to tell you how to make the magnets. Woo hoo!
Let me give credit where it is due:
I tried some different things when I made the magnets above, but I learned a bunch from this tutorial by Peptogirl…and you will too!
What I did differently from Peptogirl is that I used Mod Podge to apply the pictures to the clear glass.
- I put the Mod Podge on the front of the picture and stuck it to the glass, then I painted some on the back.
- After the Mod Podge dried, I glued the magnet on using the E6000.
I had much success with this method!
Here’s What Didn’t Work:
Oh, the humanity!
Yeah, that is definitely my “didn’t work” category.
Here’s why I “think” those sad magnets didn’t turn out and I only had a few “keepers” that were usable.
- When I made those magnets above…they were my 1st try. That time, I didn’t use the E6000 glue, I used something else because I couldn’t find it. Now, of course, I see it everywhere. You’ll find E6000 glue at WalMart, craft stores and probably your home improvement stores. I don’t have a clue why I couldn’t locate it at first…I was just having an off day.
- My other problem was that I printed those pictures out with my inkjet printer from photos that I found on the Internet. I think this didn’t work possibly because the magnet had a reaction with the metals in the ink. At first they looked great! The Mod Podge dried and it looked awesome. Then, I added the glue and the magnet and by the next day, all that discoloration happened. It seemed to gravitate toward the magnet, so I think that my “ink/magnet” reaction theory is plausible. Could be the glue…but I’m doubting it.
My Winning Suggestion for You:
Cut the pictures out of scrapbooking paper!! That totally worked for me!!
Check out these Spongebob Magnets I made!! Now, these I just punched out of scrapbooking paper I found at Archiver’s (scrapbook store).
A little tip though…really, really TRY to get out all the bubbles that come from the Mod Podge.