- Arts and Design
How To Make Glass Marble Magnets: A Fun Easy Tutorial
So you want to learn how to make marble magnets! Marble magnets are fun, easy and inexpensive to create. You can personalize them however you want. You can make them for your own refrigerator or magnetic bulletin board. They also make great gifts. I have made a ton of these and they are so fun. You can make them into different words and create wacky sentences from your magnets, you can use photos for your image, you can do inspiring words and lots of other ways. You can use pretty much any image/art on paper that you want. It's all up to you and it's great fun! Be sure to read at the bottom of the hub for some fun gift ideas. Let's get started with the tutorial... ready?
Supplies You Will Need
- Clear Flat Glass Marbles
- Mod Podge
- Small Round Magnets (super strong ones work best)
- Image for your magnet
- Good Glue ( I use E6000)
The first thing to do is cut out your image for your marble. Just take your marble and put it on top of the image until you have the image positioned they way you want (the marble will sort of magnify it a bit) and then trace around the marble. Move the marble and cut out your traced image.
Alternately, you can glue the marble on top of the image before cutting and then cut around the marble and skip to step 3. Just be sure all the edges are adhered to the marble after cutting and if you are using an image printed on an ink jet printer you'll need to seal the back of the image as well to protect it when you glue the magnet on.
**Ideas and very important tip**
You can use lots of different images/art/graphics for your marble magnets! You can use the small words from a newspaper, a small photo or part of a photo, scrapbook paper or images from magazines or books. I like to use my own artwork that I create in photoshop and then print out on my ink jet printer. The only thing is if you are using an ink jet printer you will need to seal the images with mod podge first before you attach them the back of your marbles. It's very important to seal ink jet printed images first!! Otherwise your images will be ruined from runny ink.
Apply modpodge to the small round image you just cut out (on top of the image, not the back of image) and then stick it to the flat side of the marble. Make sure it is positioned evenly and let dry. If you are working with an image printed on a ink jet printer make sure and apply one more coat of mod podge over the back of it. This will help protect it when you glue the magnet on the back.
If you don't have any mod podge, you can use any glue that dries clear to attach your image to your marble. I just recommend mod podge because it's such a great glue and awesome sealer all in one.
Put a dab of E6000 or glue of your choice on your small round magnet and stick it on the back of the marble. Let dry for 24 hours!
*Tip* The small round silver magnets are the best to use for this project. I think they are called rare earth magnets or Neodymium magnets. They are very strong and you really need something strong for these since the marbles themselves are heavy. You can buy these in bulk online at places like Etsy and Artfire. I know they have them at Wal-Mart too. Small black magnets can work too as long as they are strong.
That's all there is to it.. Now you have some pretty glass marble magnets. Before I end this hub, here are some great ideas about what you can do with your finished glass marble magnets:
- Make a set of them in a coordinating theme and put them into a small tin for a cute gift- Used Altoid tins work great!
- Decorate a magnetic bulletin board and add some of your handmade glass marble magnets
- Add push pins to the back of your marbles instead of magnets and give them as a gift along with a framed cork board.
- Instead of adding the magnets to the back, use your marbled images to embellish picture frames, glass jars or mirrors.
- Put your glass marble magnets into a pretty organza drawstring bag for gift giving
- You can also use the larger sized round flat marbles to make a larger version of these
I hope you have enjoyed this tutorial. I hope I have inspired you to give this a try. Anyone can do this. It's just basically cutting and gluing. I think you will be very happy with the results!