Tutorial Tuesday: Marble Magnets

These magnets are super easy and very satisfying to make- you can cover a lot of ground in a very short amount of time. For this reason, I’ve always thought they’d make great wedding or shower favors,  “save the date” reminders, or teacher gifts. 

Here is what you’ll need:

  • Package of clear, flat, glass marbles, approx. ½″- ¾″ (found in the floral dept. at craft stores).
  • Silicon sealer/adhesive – I got mine at Walmart in the adhesive section near the paint aisle, but you should be able to get this at the craft store as well.  Don’t forget to read that warning label! 
  • ½″- ¾″ magnet rounds (strong) found in the craft store- usually sold in packs of 50.
  • Various small pictures cut from magazines, personal photos, clip art, etc.
  • Scissors or a ½” hole punch (not pictured).

First, decide what pictures you are going to use.  For this example, I resized one of my paintings, then printed it onto photo paper, which works really well.  Test out how it will look by placing one of your marbles over top.  As you can see from the photo, some magnification does occur, so you‘ll probably need a smaller image than you think.  Once you’ve got it in a good spot, trace lightly in pencil around the marble:

Cut along your line using either the scissors or hole punch, and apply a small bead of silicon to the right side of your picture:

Now take your marble and squish it down over top of your image, pressing out any bubbles in the silicon.  Just wipe off any excess with a cloth.  I never had any problems working with this stuff, but if you’re sensitive, you may want to open a window and/or wear gloves.

Once the silicon is dry, just use it in the same fashion to attach the magnets to the backs of the marbles:

Done!  I literally burned through about 50 magnets in less than an hour- and that was while trying to supervise my 3-year-old son who wanted to help.  If you are sans a small assistant, my guess is you can probably make ’em even faster. 

Lauren Rambow-Meakim is the full-time mom of 3 small boys and founder of Gigglepotamus, which specializes in whimsical clothing, accessories, and decor for babies, children, and beyond.

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2 Responses to “Tutorial Tuesday: Marble Magnets”

  1. Katie

    What a neat idea – and it looks really easy to do. Great for gifts too. Thanks, Lauren!

  2. lilithsapothecary

    I love this project! With a three year old myself, I can see why it could take a bit longer (!) but I love this idea for quick gifties or even for buisiness-related give-aways. Love it!

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