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L.O.V.E. Magnet Tutorial

Any time I’m in a thrift store or at a yard sale, I look for board games. I collect them, so that’s my primary motivation. I also like to repurpose board game pieces, especially Scrabble tiles. It just feels wrong to buy a brand new Scrabble for a reason other than playing it. If I find a used one for $3 or under, I’m buying it.

In honor of Valentine’s Day, I made a L.O.V.E. magnet out of Scrabble tiles.

LOVE Magnet

Supplies:

  • L, O, V, E Scrabble Tiles
  • Amazing Goop Craft Glue
  • Toothpick
  • Magnet

Step One:

Glue your Scrabble tiles together. For small projects like this, I use a toothpick to apply my Amazing Goop. I glued the L and O together first and then the V and E to each other. I then joined the two set of letters and left the adhesive to cure overnight.

Step Two:

Glue a magnet to the back of the tiles. This is when you might need to exercise some patience. It is important to let the adhesive cure for at least 48 hrs. Otherwise you’ll have a crafting catastrophe on your hands when you place the magnet on your refrigerator. The magnet will be stuck to the fridge while your lovely craft lies on the floor.

Step Three:

Find the perfect place to display your magnet.

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This project is super easy to put together, but it does require some time for the adhesive to cure. If you’re hoping to gift this for Valentine’s Day, get started this weekend, and you’ll be in good shape for this Thursday. Happy Valentine’s Day crafting!

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Olympic Rings Magnet

Last week when I was making my Bottle Cap Flower Magnets, I was thinking about other ideas for our large collection of bottle caps. I should mention that I was also watching the Olympics – shocker! My brain took the next logical step, and I was soon creating an Olympic Rings Magnet made out of bottle caps. Now we have a memento from these Olympics and yet another magnet for our packed refrigerator door!

Supplies:

  • 5 Bottle Caps
  • Rubbing Alcohol
  • Cotton Swabs
  • Blue, Black, Red, Yellow, and Green Paint
  • Hot Glue Gun
  • Glue Sticks
  • Magnet
  • E-6000 Adhesive

I first cleaned the insides of five bottles caps with rubbing alcohol and a cotton swab. Then I painted the insides the colors of the Olympic Rings. Because I already had each of the five colors I needed, I used acrylic craft paints. Enamel paints or even nail polish would also work well. I gave them each two coats of paint. I then hot glued the bottle caps together in the correct color placement and added some extra glue to the backside for additional stability. Lastly I attached a magnet to the back with E-6000 and let it dry overnight. I suppose you could attach the magnet with hot glue, but I prefer the superior holding strength of E-6000. This project is easy enough to complete while watching an evening of Olympic competition. Plus the kids could definitely help out with the painting!

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Bottle Cap Flowers

For the longest time, we’ve saved bottle caps thinking they might come in handy one day. A large glass sits on my kitchen counter just for them. When I was doing dishes recently, the glass caught my eye and seemed to be challenging me to do something with the bottle caps. I’ve made earrings with them before, but a girl only needs so many bottle cap earrings.

When I started looking around on Pinterest for other crafts with bottle caps, I found a wreath tutorial from Shaken Together’s blog. She made a lovely, yarn wreath with bottle cap flower embellishments. Before I commit to making the wreath, I figured I should try out the bottle cap flowers to see if I like them. Big shock – I like them! Following her instructions, I assembled the flowers. I chose to turn them into magnets instead of adding them to a wreath. They are, after all, experiments. I want to look for prettier buttons if I decide to make the wreath later.

This craft rocks because it’s cheap and easy. Its upcycling factor is an added bonus. Try it out. I think you’ll like it.

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