Introducing a brand new segment... craftherapy! Crafting is a great stress reliever for me, so it seemed simply fitting to combine craft & therapy!
Today's project is marble magnets!
I made these AOII themed, but you can use any images you want! They would be super cute personalized with a monogram, for a school/university, sports team, or just with cute patterns.
Here's what you'll need:
- Marbles (the ones I used were 1 1/8in in diameter)
- Mod Podge (this is a crafters dream! If you don't already have a bottle of this, I highly recommend getting a bottle of it, it's super versatile!)
- Sponge brush (to apply your mod podge)
- Magnets (I used a roll of magnetic strip)
- Craft Glue
- Images you want to use
I created the images in Photoshop. You can use powerpoint or word if you don't have Photoshop. If you are creating your own, play around with colors and patterns in the background. Try dots, stripes, or even a Lilly print!
When you have the image you want to use, make sure it is the size of your marble! I had to use a ruler to measure mine. Print your images (plain printer paper works just fine) & cut them out. Don't worry about creating absolutely perfect circles, the imperfections will be hidden behind the marble.
Then, apply mod podge to the flat side of the marble. Don't worry about the color, it will dry clear! After a coat of mod podge, line up your image and apply another coat of mod podge to seal it.
|This is after my first layer of modge podge (I used a very thin coat)|
I suggest going marble by marble so the mod podge doesn't dry. After you have your images applied, use craft glue (I used Tacky Glue) to apply your magnets. The magnets I used came in a big roll & had adhesive backing, but I noticed that the backing didn't stay particularly well. If you use magnets that come in a roll, cut small sections of magnet off, one for each marble.
|The white is the adhesive backing.|
Then wait for your marbles to dry! Since I used a small amount of mod podge, I just had to wait for the glue to dry (only about 10 minutes).
Here's the final product!
Did you try this project? How did it turn out? I would love to see your pictures! Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org!
PS If there are any AOIIs that want to use these images, let me know! I'd be more than happy to send you the PDF!