This glass pebble scrap magnets DIY tutorial was originally created by Adrianne Surian for the Core’dinations Core blog.
Chances are, if you’re reading this you probably have some pieces of scrap paper that will coordinate beautifully with one another hiding in your scrap bin right now. What better way to get every use out of them then to make them into decorative magnets? Show off your love for scrapbooking and paper crafts on your refrigerator door with this tutorial!
Glass Pebble Scrap Magnets DIY Tutorial Supplies:
- Scraps of Core’dinations Patterned Paper.
- Darice Clear Glass Gems.
- Pencil or Pen.
- Craft Scissors.
- Mod Podge (Matte or Glossy).
- Darice Foam Brush.
- Plastic Craft Squeegee.
- Darice Ceramic Magnets.
Step 1. To begin this glass pebble magnets DIY tutorial, trace around your glass pebbles and cut just inside the traced line to create your paper backing. Because they’re an irregular size, try to keep the gem and corresponding cutout together. The glass gem will give your paper a magnified appearance, so if your cutout isn’t precise it wont be a problem, but what you want to avoid are the places where the paper extends beyond the flat back of the gem.
Step 2. Protect your work surface, because this can get messy. Add a generous drop of Mod Podge to the top of your paper. Spread it all the way to the edges using your paintbrush. Give it a moment to rest and for the water-based Mod Podge to soak into the paper a little.
Step 3. Attach the paper to the flat side of the gem. Looking through the top of the glass, move the paper around until any bubbles are pushed to the edges and you have a flat coat of Mod Podge. Then, turn the gem over and, using your crafts squeegee, press down and squeeze as much excess Mod Podge out as possible. Add a light coat of Mod Podge to the white paper backing to complete the seal.
Step 4. Wipe away excess Mod Podge with a damp paper towel. You only need to remove the big globs right now; if there’s still a thin coat on the sides or front of the gem giving it a cloudy appearance, that can easily be removed once it dries.
Step 5. Allow gems to dry so that they are dry to the touch; attach heavy duty magnets to the backs with E6000 or your favorite heavy-duty adhesive. When using E6000, a little goes a long way, and it can soak through your paper backing if you apply too much. So make sure you begin with a very light coat. You can always re-attach a magnet if you find later it doesn’t have enough adhesive, but these glass gems are so small and light that’s not likely to happen. Allow your adhesive to dry for a few hours or overnight.
If you loved this easy glass pebble magnets DIY tutorial, you also might enjoy these lovely conversation heart rings and magnets!
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