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How to make flat marble photo magnets

Updated on February 24, 2014

I started making these flat-glass marble photo magnets for a Relay for Life fundraiser (suggested donation of $1) and got addicted. They're easy to make and they make great gifts for friends or co-workers.

Materials:

  • Flat glass marbles (I got mine at Michaels for about $2.50 for a bag of 20, 1.5" in diameter)
  • Glue (rubber cement, decoupage/hodgepodge, or clear art glue; see instructions for more details on which to use)
  • Photos
  • Magnets (I got a pack of 50 3/4" round flat magnets for about $7)

Instructions

  1. Choose a photo for the magnet. It can be a regular glossy photo, or a photo that is printed off of your computer. I use photo paper that is not glossy. Remember that you will be trying to fit this into a 1.5" circular space, so choose something small. It will be magnified by the glass too.
  2. Put a flat glass marble over the area of the photo you want to use, and trace a circle around it.
  3. Cut out the circle.
  4. Glue the photo to the bottom (flat part) of the glass marble. If it is a glossy photo, I would use the decoupage to avoid air bubbles. If it is a printed photo, rubber cement is fine, but make sure to press hard to get the air bubbles out. Air bubbles can make for texture but can distort the image. I find more luck getting rid of air bubbles by applying glue to the photo rather than the marble, but it can depend on the type of glue.
  5. Let dry before gluing the magnet to the back of the photo, especially if you printed the photo on your computer, as the ink may run. (Rubber cement doesn't need as much time.) Glue the magnet to the back using the clear art glue.
  6. Let dry.

You're done!

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      glassvisage 6 years ago from Northern California

      Thank you everyone! I encourage you to try to make them - they're very simple but they make great gifts and people love them! I plan to make a few for my best friend for part of her birthday present :)

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      healthp 6 years ago

      this is an excellent tutorial, thanks for sharing george

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      George Bright 6 years ago

      Never imagined these are so easy to make gonna give it a try. Thank You

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      glassvisage 6 years ago from Northern California

      Thank you all for your comments!

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      Audrey Hunt 6 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      Wow - these photo magnets are amazing! I want to begin making these now and giving them for Christmas, etc. A perfect gift for others as well as for myself. May I contact you if I get stuck somewhere along the way? Love it. A big thumbs up and awesome rating. :)vocalcoach

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      katrinasui 6 years ago

      Very interesting. It is a fantastic idea.

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      sarclair 6 years ago

      I am not surprised that you got addicted to making these. This looks very creative and neat. I think I will try this with my kids. Thank you for the hub. Voted up, and useful.

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      SweetiePie 6 years ago from Southern California, USA

      This is a very cute idea.

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      Hello, hello, 6 years ago from London, UK

      A wonderful idea and thank you for sharing it.

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      emilybee 6 years ago

      These sound like fun. Thanks for sharing! I might have to try making these too.

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      Eiddwen 6 years ago from Wales

      Hi glassvisage,

      Thank you so much for sharing this great hub. I am definitly going to have a shot at these. I collect fridge magnets and the tophalf of our fridge freezer is covered with the.

      I will let you know how I got on.

      take care

      Eiddwen..

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      Vinodkpillai 6 years ago from Hyderabad, India

      nice DIY which creates interest and explains in a simple way. The video of course supplements. Never imagined these are so easy to make - at least your hub makes it seem so! THANKS !

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      GPSWorldTraveler 6 years ago from Washington State, USA

      Sounds like fun, think you inspired me to try this out - thanks.