DIY Glass Magnets

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Glass magnets cost pennies to create – and they make adorable DIY wedding favors.

When I found out that you could make these with the plain ol’ flat bottomed clear glass gems that you can find at the dollar store, I got really excited. I had three bags of these babies sitting around. I had no idea what I was going to do with them – that is until I discovered glass magnets! I also happen to have heaps of vintage kids books in my art room, so I had no problem finding cute illustrations to use. If you don’t have any vintage children’s books, you can use just about any type of paper with an image or pattern that you like. I’ve seen some beautiful glass magnets made with origami paper and scrapbooking paper.

Here’s the lowdown on what you need for DIY glass magnets:

Punch desired illustration.

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Use Mod Podge to glue your punch-out onto the flat side of your clear glass gem. Once glued, add some Mod Podge to the back as well.

glass magnets If you are using thin paper, punch out a plain piece of white paper and glue on top of illustration. That way you won’t be able to see the magnet through the glass. Use E6000 Multi-purpose Adhesive
to glue magnet to the back of the glass gem. (I used a toothpick to spread the glue.)

glass magnets Let glass magnets dry overnight before packaging as wedding favors.

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Here they are in action:

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Come back tomorrow for packaging ideas!

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  1. Posted by Helen on March 14th, 2012 at 9:21am

    This is what we did for our wedding favors when we got married in 2010!! Instead of illustrations, though, we used our engagement photos. We just printed them out small-scale on printer paper, and used those. It was super cute! :) This is a good tutorial.
  2. Posted by Christina on March 19th, 2012 at 1:03pm

    Thanks Helen. Neat idea to use engagement photos!
  3. Posted by The Glamorous Housewife on April 26th, 2012 at 11:09pm

    Just thought you should know this tutorial is blowing up on Pinterest. Such a great idea! I think I am going to use this as little gifts for my 20 year reunion!

    Thanks doll,
    The Glamorous Housewife
  4. Posted by Ericka on June 26th, 2012 at 11:12am

    Found this on Pinterest! Instead of wedding favors, I'm planning on doing this as baby shower favors. Such a cute, inexpensive idea! :)
  5. Posted by Christina on November 19th, 2014 at 4:48pm

    Is there anyway to make just a clear glass magnet? I bought this metal advent calendar last year on sale because the magnet wasn't include. I thought I could make one pretty easily but I'm not sure what to do. Any suggestions?
  6. Posted by Andrea on March 14th, 2015 at 2:10pm

    Thanks for the tutorial!!
    I printed out capital letters and used them, so I have a kind of "scrabble" on the fridge and we love to change the words!
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