A few months ago, I was browsing Pinterest and found several pins about how to make gem magnets. Curious, I clicked on one of the pins and was directed to the site with the tutorial. I was amazed at how easy it looked. I couldn’t wait to try it out myself. The best part is you can design it to fit your tastes. For mine, I simply used some scratch pattern paper.
Here’s what you’ll need to start making your own:
- Clear glass gems – You can buy these at the dollar store or at your local craft store, usually in the floral section. Make sure they’re CLEAR so you can see the design of your paper through the gem. They come in different sizes, but I picked the ones that were regular sized and more round (pic: the left side with the four gems). They may look murky when you see them, but if you can place them in front of something and see it clearly, they’ll work.
- E-6000 Glue
- Mod Podge – Matte, Gloss, or Satin work fine. I used Matte for mine. Or any strong glue that dries clear and won’t yellow or look cloudy when dry.
- Circle Punch (optional) – About 5/8
- Pattern Paper or paper with some design or color(s) on it. Avoid thick paper/cardstock, cardboard, chipboard that have a glossy shine to it. They do not stick to the glue well and easily come off even after leaving them to dry for an extended time. This is from my own personal experience. I haven’t tried magazine paper, but it should work since it’s thin.
- Magnets – Smaller than the size of your gems. Can buy them in a strip roll or in small packs (of round magnets). Weak magnets still work, but they won’t be able to hold anything to the surface for long. Ideal if you just plan to use them for decorations. Strong magnets are preferred if you plan on using them to hold things up, like paper and notes. I used something similar to this, but their pull was pretty weak so I couldn’t use them to hold up paper.
Step 1: Cut out paper circles that are slightly larger than your gems. Or use the circle punch to punch them out.
Step 2: Mod Podge (or glue) the bottom of the gem (the flat side) and stick a paper circle to the bottom. Let dry completely. It’ll slide if you try to handle it.
Step 3: Take your scissors and trim the paper down as close as possible to where the flat side begins or to the point where the paper no longer sticks out beyond the gem. Be careful not to trim down too much or else you’ll see through the gem and not the paper. If you punched out your circles, no trimming down is necessary unless it is obviously sticking out from the gem. Don’t worry if it isn’t a perfect circle! It’s fine as long as you can clearly see the paper fill the entire gem from the front.
Step 4: Mod Podge the (back of the) paper. This helps make sure the paper is adhered to the gem (added protection!). Let dry completely.
Step 5: Take the E-6000 and apply it to the back (so on the paper). Make sure not to put too much that it spreads out bigger than the size of your magnet.
Step 6: Take your round magnet and stick it to the glue. Or cut out a piece from your magnet strip roll and apply. Make sure the magnet isn’t bigger than your gem!
Step 4: Let dry completely. With the E-6000, wait about 24 hours. If it isn’t completely dry, the magnets may fall off or move.
Step 5: Enjoy!
These are great as gifts, wedding favors, and more! Turn them into monogram magnets if you want!
Here are some other tutorials on how to make glass gem magnets. Each of them do it slightly different but the results are the same. Find one you like and try it! Or go on Pinterest and search “Glass magnets”:
Thanks for reading!