Making magnets are inexpensive. Great for gifts/holidays, lockers, refrigerators, party crafts/party favor, etc. Kids will have fun making these too.
You’ll need a bag of clear stones, mine came from Dollar Tree.
Decide what you want to see through the stone – you can get really creative here… pictures of family/friends/pets/things you like, or sayings and print it on paper. You could instead use fabric or paint. If you print, you can use regular paper and inkjet/laser printer (make sure to let the ink dry completely). You can also use photo paper, card stock, etc.
You’ll need some Mod Podge & a paintbrush.
Cut your design out so it is ready to be glued.
Paint your Mod Podge on the back (flat part) of the stone.
Put your image or fabric on the stone picture side down (you want to see it out of the front). Press out any bubbles with your finger. Place another coat of Mod Podge on the back of the image/fabric to seal it.
Let it dry.
You are now going to put your magnet on.
Get your glue gun and let it get hot. You can use other types of glue here, but you’ll want a strong one because you’ll be pulling it on and off a metal surface.
Put your hot glue on the back of the image/fabric/paint.
Put your magnet on top and let dry/harden. You can get circle magnets at craft stores like Michaels, Hobby Lobby, and sometimes Walmart. I’m sure you can order them online as well.
That’s it – you are done!
Depending on the image you are using, you can just print it in thumbnail size, and sometimes that works with a little trim up. If you are needing a little extra help with an image, try an image editor as these can help you customize your image, give it touch-ups, and more.
These are some I made for the people I work with.
These are painted magnets I made for my kids – you paint one layer of Folk Art acrylic paint at a time letting each coat dry between. So I started with the “I heart U” and let that dry. Then I painted the blue background and let that dry. Hot glue on your magnet and you are done.
Here’s one my daughter made of her favorite movie star.
Here is one my son made after he was inspired by the movie “Top Gun”.
Here is one of our dogs who passed away and this one was made with a photo.
Again – so easy, inexpensive, and great gifts. Paint them, use fabric, print images, and print inspirational quotes or words. The list goes on…
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What a great way to save memories by putting them on a magnet. 🙂 I’ll bet they’re fun to do as a family project, too!
Thanks Linda, and yes the kids had just as much fun as I did making this project. We did their magnets in her a few years ago and we’ve been making new ones ever since – especially since their tastes change and with the new school year – new magnets 🙂
Mother of 3 says
SO cute and so simple! I bet my boys would get a kick out of making these. Pinned.
Thank you so much and if your boys make some please send me pictures 🙂
Betty Asphy says
This is an awesome idea.
Thank you so much Betty 🙂
I made those a long time ago and completely forgot about them! Thanks so much for this reminder, as I’d love to make some again. Those clear stones from the dollar store are wonderful for so many projects. Thanks for sharing at Thursday Favorite Things!
Thanks Pam, and we’ve been making them for years too. So fun and the kids love making new ones for their lockers each year. You are so right about those dollar store rocks being good for so many things.
Menaka Bharathi says
unique way of preserving memories of your loved ones. My boys will find fun in making this. Thanks for sharing it 🙂
Thank you so much Menaka, and I’m so excited you want to do this with your boys 🙂 Please send me pictures, I’d love to see what they create.
Sue Davison says
I know this may be old, but when I don’t have time to read it right then I save it to a file for the category: cleaning, up cycling, crafting. Just came to this one. I love it and have everything here to do it with. Thanks so much for something so easy, quick and meaningful. Already thinking about how these will make affordable Christmas family gifts!
Hi Sue! Great to hear from you friend. I actually do the same thing and have a file that I save my things to also. I’m so glad you like this project, it’s so adaptable in so many ways. I actually just made a couple more of these for my next Hometalk TV episode 😉