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Marble Magnet Tutorial
Okay, before you start heckling, telling me that you've been making marble magnets since you were the age of 3, hear me out. First, I am always amazed by how many people do not know about marble magnets. They are such an easy and simple gift and are a big crowd pleaser around the holidays. Plus, I've got these puppies perfected to an art form so I may have a few tips that you don't know about. Convinced yet? Okay, here we go...

Posted by amyistheparty from Sacramento, California, United States • Published See amyistheparty's 41 projects »
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  • How to make a marble magnet. Marble Magnets - Step 1
    Step 1

    First begin by gathering your supplies.

  • How to make a marble magnet. Marble Magnets - Step 2
    Step 2

    Use your paper punch to punch out circles from your magazine pages, paper scraps, or scrap-booking papers. Choose corresponding colors and prints that will look good together. I like to use scrap-booking papers when I make these for gifts because you can easily tailor the colors and images to fit the person you are giving them too. You can do goth or shabby chic, or anything in between! Using magazine pages can also be fun and it's a great way to re-use and recycle.

    Note: When choosing a circle punch, it's better that the circle is a little bit smaller than the flat back of the marble (as opposed to larger). Just make sure the circles are also the same size or larger than your magnets (otherwise the magnet will show through the marble). For this tutorial, I used approx. 1 1/4" marbles, a 1" paper punch, and 3/4" magnets.

  • How to make a marble magnet. Marble Magnets - Step 3
    Step 3

    After punching your circles, you are ready to start gluing the circles to the marbles. Lay the marbles face-down so the flat side is facing you. As for the glue, you want to choose something that will dry completely clear and won't yellow or look cloudy. I like Judi-Kins Diamond Glaze or Crafty Chica Glossy Gloss Varnish. If you use a glue with a fine tip (like the Diamond Glaze pictured), you can spread the glue onto the marble with the tip. You want just enough glue to cover the whole back, but just a thin coat! If you are using decoupage medium (like Crafty Chica Glossy Gloss Varnish), you might brush on the glue with a paint brush. You can also put a little puddle of glue on a paper plate then "dip" the flat back of the marble lightly into the glue. Again, you want the entire back to be covered, but just a light coat.

  • How to make a marble magnet. Marble Magnets - Step 4
    Step 4

    If you use the gluing method that I first described, you might end up with air bubbles. Pop the bubbles with a toothpick.

  • How to make a marble magnet. Marble Magnets - Step 5
    Step 5

    Carefully center your paper circles onto the backs of the marbles. Press the paper down flat, no wrinkles

  • How to make a marble magnet. Marble Magnets - Step 6
    Step 6

    Brush glue or decoupage medium on the backs for added protection. Let dry for a few hours.

  • How to make a marble magnet. Marble Magnets - Step 7
    Step 7

    Now you're ready to add the magnets. For this part, you'll need to use a strong glue or epoxy. Super-glue will work but I like E6000 the best (it's stronger than super-glue and won't seep through your paper like super-glue sometimes can). You might also want to protect your work surface. Plastic cutting boards or placemats are inexpensive and work great. Be careful, E6000 is gooey — and you also might get some fumes off of it so work in a well ventilated area.

  • How to make a marble magnet. Marble Magnets - Step 8
    Step 8

    You can try spreading the glue straight from the tube to the magnet. E6000 can sometimes come out of the tube pretty fast and it's pretty gooey so this might not be the best method for you, especially if using a smaller size magnet (like the half inch ones). In this case, spread the glue on with a toothpick. You have more control that way.

  • How to make a marble magnet. Marble Magnets - Step 9
    Step 9

    Center the magnet onto the back of the marble. Apply a tiny bit of pressure for a snug fit.

  • How to make a marble magnet. Marble Magnets - Step 10
    Step 10

    Let the glue dry for at least 24 hours. Trust me, the E6000 may SEEM like it's dry after a couple of hours but it's best to wait the full 24. Otherwise you may have some magnet fatalities!

  • How to make a marble magnet. Marble Magnets - Step 11
    Step 11

    After 24 hours, flip your magnets over. Ta-da! Now don't these look nice?

  • How to make a marble magnet. Marble Magnets - Step 12
    Step 12

    I like to package the large magnets in sets of 4. I put them in adhesive seal bags. They look much nicer than if you put them in zip-lock type bags. You can create labels or tags for them on your computer if you wish. When I make the smaller (3/4") magnets, I like to package them in little tins. You can get the tins in the wedding favor section of your local craft store.

  • How to make a marble magnet. Marble Magnets - Step 13
    Step 13

    Here they are on my bulletin board. The bumper sticker says "Don't blame me, I voted for Etsy!" And that's a bottle cap push-pin. If you are nice, I might show you how to make those too.

    I hope this one wasn't too easy for you. I'll try to keep a good mix of projects going to please the novice and advanced crafter alike. Oh, and I should also mention that while YOU might think these are easy, your non-crafty friends will be extremely impressed!

    Stay tuned for next week!

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Nat H.
Nat H.
luRv these!
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nariel
nariel · Guadalajara, Jalisco, MX · 13 projects
Finally i did some of this Happy but i bought just 12 magnets ): and now i got lots of marbles and paper haha
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Kristi  C.
Kristi C. · Mt Airy, North Carolina, US · 6 projects
I laughed when you said, "been making since the age of three", because I've never even seen these before.
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no
no · 3 projects
how amazing!!! how can u get the adhesive bags? there cute and looks very proffesional
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Chequila
Chequila
cute!
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Lisa H.
Lisa H. · Fort Meade, Maryland, US · 14 projects
I had never seen these before! So awesome! Just made my first batch today and I L-O-V-E them!
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Rebecca S.
Rebecca S. · LaGrange, Georgia, US
What size hole punch and magnets do you recommend for 3/4 x 1/2 inch marbles? Also I bought some thinner magnet strips i can cut shapes out of, do you think these will work?
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Vickie G.
Vickie G. · U.S. Air Force Academy, Colorado, US · 4 projects
As soon as I get a circle punch I'm going to make a bunch up for presents. Happy
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ʎǝuʇɹnoɔ
ʎǝuʇɹnoɔ · Wellington, Wellington, NZ · 6 projects
me too, about the bottle cap push pins!
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Shawnee S.
Shawnee S. · Greeley, Colorado, US
So at the end you mentioned possibly doing the bottle cap push pins?? Im so psyched please do tell!!
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