Thursday, October 21, 2010

Magnificent Magnets ~and~ How to Make them Yourself!

While having coffee at a very trendy local coffee place called "The Good Cup," I saw THE cutest display of handmade magnets stuck on an old cheese grater. Of course, I jotted down a quick sketch to take home with me and here is what I came up with:

PERFECT for holding recipes in the kitchen and the grater belonged to my grandmother!!! Oh, I just love this project and making the magnets is a snap.

Glass beads/flat marbles
Circle punch
Mod Podge (or whatever glue you have) & hot glue
That's it!

I began my project by punching out several circles from an assortment of Cookbookin' papers. I used a punch size just a tiny bit smaller than my glass pieces.

Then I adhered the paper to the glass with Mod Podge. Fun and simple to paint on with a brush! You do want to rub all the air bubbles out with your fingers so your finished magnet looks nice and clear~

Next, I used hot glue to adhere the magnets. Hot glue has the hold and the speed to get the job done quickly.
There! That's it!!! Simple isn't it!?
There are TONS of tutorials and examples of other glass decoupage magnets on the internet. Some of my favorites are:
The Michaels Book of Arts & Crafts, 2003

You can also find them for sale at my trendy little local coffee shop or by a variety of artists on Etsy!

But of course, I prefer to make my own;)

I'm using my magnets to display my grandmother's recipe cards on her antique grater. I just love seeing her handwriting AND knowing that the grater belonged to and was used by her as well.

Don't forget to get link your layout for our sketch challenge, entries will be accepted until MIDNIGHT on October 31st (CST).


  1. Wow, thats awesome. What a great idea. Never would have thought to use those marble pieces. Thanks for the inspiration!

  2. Very cool! I love the grater magnet holder! :-D

  3. Wow, I love this idea.. thanks so much for sharing !