|Recognize that G? It's one of my|
favorites. I also adore the bat!
The year Maren was born, I made everyone a scarf. Because massive amounts of downtime in a hospital and on maternity leave meant that I could. Last year, I made bookmarks. This year, I wanted to try something new. These magnets.
I made them for approximately 6.2 million people, meaning that I made about 8.3 billion magnets. And I chose to do it in one sitting, so you know. Horrors!! Especially for my poor back.
Here's What I Used:
|Flowers for some reason|
were harder to capture right.
I was glad to get these!
- Old magazines
- Flat bottomed glass marbles (check the floral arranging area of the big box of your choice)
- Xacto type knife
- Self healing mat
- Old, beat up cookie sheet
- Dime sized magnets
Here's How I Did It:
|There was an ad that had about|
20 usable peace signs. It made
- When I was done, I had a great big pile of tiny circles of paper. I then placed my dime sized magnets on a cookie sheet (note - I have a really messed up cookie sheet that I use for craft projects that I don't cook on. This would have destroyed a usable one. You don't have to use metal, I just found that easier, you could also use paper, although I suggest something heavy like poster board.)
- Working in small batches (about 10 at a time), I sprayed each magnet with a small shot of 3M77. (I settled on this at the consultation of glue based site.) Working quickly and carefully, I stuck the paper circles to the magnets.
- I forged right on, but some drying time would have been helpful. I would also suggest that if you are not super careful with your spraying (like me) you will want to move the magnets a few times before they are dry to prevent sticking to your work surface.
- After they are dry (or not, whatever), again, working in small batches, I sprayed the surface of the paper with the 3M77 and quickly placed the marbles on top. The spray adhesive doesn't have a lot of liquid, but squeezing out the bubbles is still a must. Some of them, I got better than others, but it's trial and error. Most of the bubbly ones ended up on my fridge.
- Allow to dry.
- Do not - I repeat - do not attempt to package for gift giving in plastic. You will want metal for this job. I wanted something akin to an Altoid container, but couldn't find them in the amounts I needed. Check the bridal section of craft stores.
A Few Notes:
|This picture didn't turn out, but|
I loved the R!
- Make extra - in addition to the fact that I just flat-out fell in love with many of them and didn't want to part with them, I also screwed some of them up.
- Wash and polish your marbles first. I did a baby wipe followed up by a hand towel, but something less linty would have been even better.
- Take your time. I thought this project was going to be so quick that I put it off until the last minute.
- I tried to do this recently with things I had printed on a color laser printer and the ink ran horribly. I am told that you should iron the paper before gluing it, but I can't attest to this.
- Be creative when you are looking for magazine pictures. Most of my really great ones were from ads. I also really loved doing letters. I gave everyone one with an initial. These were probably my favorites.
|Everyone loves sprinkles!|