I'm certainly not the first person to make or blog about marble magnets. Not Martha has an excellent review of the topic.
I remember reading that article several years ago when I made my first magnetic gems. At that time, I needed a small (read: inexpensive) gift to give out around the holidays.
They were quick, easy and quite fun to make. And who doesn't like to hear about projects like that, right?
So, I thought I'd tell you about my recent rediscovery of marble magnets. (and I also secretly wanted another reason to play with my DIY light box.)
When I was going through my crafts the other day, I came across the marble supplies. Turns out, I still had a few leftover packages of magnets from that Christmas season. When I gave the gifts, I wrapped up the magnets in clear candy bags with matching paper and washers to keep 'em face up. See how cute the little packages looked?
I also found bunches of leftover flat bottom marbles. What do with all of them?
The magnets were so easy to make, I thought I'd make another little matching set for work. It is always nice to have both functional and pretty things around you, especially when you are working.
So, I selected a pretty page of Amy Butler paper and got started. I had two different size magnets for the two different size marbles. (1/2 in and 1 inch magnets)
First, I cut out my circles. One tip I have is to try and cut the circles as close to magnet size as possible. They resulting look is much cleaner without any overhang. I had a 1/2 inch punch for the small size, but I traced and hand-cut out the 1 inch circles. (I've got to get myself some other punches or a fancy paper cutting machine. My paper crafting supplies are sooo 2004 and a bit anorexic.)
Then, I just watched the glue dry! It dried crystal clear in about an hour.
I would advise letting the magnets dry with adequate space in between. They are attracted to each other, remember?
Functional, pretty and perfect for holding paper!