I sat down to crank out a bunch of marble magnets and thought it might be a good idea to reference my first ever blog post here on LulaBelle Handicrafts. It features marble magnets as made with Sarah Ortega’s instructions. Her tutorial is great, but I realized that my current method is a little different than hers. Mine is geared towards making a lot of them at once. You know that I like assembly line crafts, especially for when you are making them as gifts or maybe even to sell. Keep on reading to see how I made them this time. I’ll let you be the judge as to which method is better for you!
- Clear, Glass Marbles with a Flat Side
- 1 1/2 in. Circle Punch
- Mod Podge
- X-Acto Knife
- Amazing Goop
Pick out your paper. I am notorious for hanging on to paper scraps. Let’s be honest. Scrapbook paper ain’t cheap, so I do my very best to use as much of every piece as I can. I rifled through my stash and chose lots of lovely leftovers. I am intending to sell my finished magnets at an upcoming craft fair, so I thought of my magnets in groups of four and chose coordinating papers for each set. In the past, I’ve also used old maps. I’ve seen other folks use photos. You choose what you prefer.
With your paper selected, use a circle paper punch to cut our your pieces. I used a 1 1/2 in. punch because it was roughly the size of my marbles.
This is where I diverge from Sarah Ortega’s tutorial a bit. Using a punch is much quicker for me than tracing the shape onto a piece of paper and then cutting it out.
Match up each circle of paper to a large, glass marble.
I started off using glass marbles that I had bought at Dollar Tree, and I discovered that many of them were chipped or cracked. Essentially only half of each bag was usable. Unacceptable. I decided to try looking for them at Michaels because although theirs are more expensive I was confident that the quality would be better. I was not only correct, but I also lucked out and got them on sale for $1 per bag. If you haven’t shopped for glass marbles before, look for them in the floral design section, and make sure to buy the large ones with the flat back.
Apply a thin coat of Mod Podge to the flat back of the glass marble with a paintbrush.
Adhere a paper circle to the marble. Make sure to press the paper and marble together to get a good bond. Don’t be alarmed that the marble looks cloudy.
When the Mod Podge dries, it will be crystal clear again. Once you’ve Mod Podged all your marbles, leave them alone, and allow them to dry.
After the marbles finish drying, use an X-Acto knife to cut away any excess paper from the edges of the marbles.
Depending on the size your marbles, you may not even need to do this step.
Apply a thin layer of Mod Podge to the paper on the back of the marbles to seal the paper and make sure that it is well attached to the marbles.
Allow the Mod Podge to dry thoroughly.
Place a small dot of Amazing Goop in the center of the back of the marble. Press a magnet onto the Amazing Goop.
Once you’ve attached a magnet to the back of each marble, store the completed magnets in a safe place for at least 72 hrs. to allow the Amazing Goop to cure. I know that seems like a long time, but it is necessary. If you try to place your magnets on the fridge before the Amazing Goop has had a chance to form a permanent bond, you’ll find your beautiful marble laying on the floor.