I love simple, homemade gifts that are unique, serve a purpose and look like they took a lot longer to make than they actually do! To that end, I found a great idea on Keep It Simple for DIY bubble magnets. After I saw this project, I just had to recreate it for my desk. See below for my take and how to replicate it!
Here’s what you’ll need:
· Clear “accent gems” (these are small rounded glass stones that are commonly used in vases; they come in all kinds of colors, but clear works best for this project)
· Small, round magnets
· Tacky glue (or another clear craft glue)
· Your printed design
Start out by deciding on your design. You can use old wrapping or scrapbook paper or create your own to print. These magnets are really versatile and can be used for a number of different things, such as:
· Wedding décor – use the couple’s new monogram as the design for magnets to hold up reception seating cards
· Kid’s birthday party favors – include the child’s name or integrate the theme into the magnet design
· Hostess gifts – create magnets with each hostess’ initials as a nice “thank you” gift
· Home organization – use individual’s names on the magnets to organize a family schedule, or pick favorite colors to quickly clear up desk clutter
If you’ve created a custom design, be sure you leave enough space around your design to cut it out. You’ll also need to print it. I chose to print mine on cardstock, so that it would hold up well with the glue. Since I didn’t have cardstock around the house, I used FedEx Office® Print Online to upload and print my order.
Once your design is ready, select the stones you want to use. I would recommend washing the stones first with soap and water or alcohol to remove any residue. Since each stone is shaped differently, place each individual stone over the part of the design that you want to use for that magnet, and trace around it with a pencil.
Next, cut out the areas that you’ve traced. Be sure to keep each design with its corresponding stone so that the shapes match perfectly. I found it easiest to trace and cut one at a time to make sure that the parts of each magnet stayed matched up properly.
Now, it’s time to glue the parts together! Put a small dot of glue on the back of the stone and rub it on the paper to spread it evenly. Be sure you’re working on a non-stick surface, since any extra glue may spill over and stick.
Once the glue has dried, put a dab of glue on the magnets and stick them to the back of the paper. Place the magnets face down to dry. Be sure to spread the magnets apart while they’re drying. If they’re too close together, the magnets have a tendency to attract one another and could knock your not-yet-dry stones off center.