How To Make Glass Marble Magnets

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How To make glass marble magnets

 

Dad is such a tough guy to shop for.  It’s so hard to find a manly craft to make for him, too.  Try these awesome glass magnets!  They’re inexpensive, useful, and they can be swapped out to any type of theme you want. 

You will need:

  • Flat backed Glass Marbles – I use the large and the small ones.  Try to get the ones that don't have the iridecent coating.  You can generally get these at dollar stores.
  • Images – I like to use scrapbook paper. 
  • Diamond Glaze or a similar product
  • Magnets.  You can use either the neodymium or regular disc magnets. 
  • E-6000 glue

Tools

  • Hole punches that are sized the same as your glass pieces.  While these aren’t necessary, they make the job one heck of a lot easier! For the smaller glass pieces, I use a 5/8 inch round punch, while I use a 1 inch round for the larger ones.
  • Scissors

How To Make Glass Marble Magnets

 

Glass Marble Magnet tutorial
 

1.) Clean your glass pieces.  They probably have a little bit of  film on them, and this will just make them look nicer.   You can either wash them with warm soapy water, or use a paper towel or soft cloth to wipe them off.

Glass Marble magnet how to project
 

2.) Place your glass marbles over your images, deciding which ones you want to use.  Either trace around the image and cut it out with scissors, or use your punch!

3.) Using your Diamond Glaze, apply a thin coat to the flat side of your glass marble.  Place your image, making sure that the edges are attached.  I like to use a little brush, but your fingers work well, too.   Make sure that your image is against the flat side, showing through the dome.  I may be speaking from experience. 

DIY glass marble magnet tutorial
 

4.) Set aside and let dry.  I leave mine overnight, but generally within an hour or so, they’re ready to go. 

5.) This step is totally optional.  Coat the back of your image with a layer of your diamond glaze.  This will help seal the images.  Sometimes I do this, sometimes I don’t.  Let dry again. 

6.)  Attach your magnet using E6000 glue.  Let dry. 

 

Mustache Glass Marble Magnets
 

Your magnets are now complete.  I’ve made tons of these.  They’re great for gift giving and are fantastic sellers at craft fairs. 

Total time: An hour or so, including drying time

Total cost: $5-7 to make 20-30 magnets

Crown Glass Marble Magnets
 

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Comments

  1. bonnie says

    Thanks – I was ready to do this tonight but the store was out of clear marbles.
    Can't wait to make some for gifts.

  2. ANN*H says

    Now these are really nice and can be made with any kind of picture you prefer to hav. Easy to make to. thanks so much for the information.

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