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DIY Glitter Magnets

I love magnets. I don’t know why, but as soon as I got my own mini fridge when I went off to college, I could not wait to start collecting new and creative magnets. I have all sorts of cutesy hula dancers, band logos, cute sayings and flowers but none of them really stood up to the job of holding multiple wedding invitations and baby announcements on my grown up fridge. And lets face it – as useful as the chip clip style ones are, they just aren’t that cute. I know I know, you are probably thinking to yourself “Emily! They are magnets, no one really cares what they look like.” And normally I would agree with you – unless you are like me and you are constantly looking for new ways to add a little glitter to your life. Or in this case, your very glitter free kitchen.

For this project you will need:

  • Clear flat back marbles – they are more like a glass dome.  Make sure they are clear, if the have an opal or pearl glaze they will not work.
  • Strong magnets – they have to hold the weight of the glass dome
  • E6000 Glue – Do not skimp on this. ONLY E6000 will work.
  • GLITTER!!!  I used Martha Stewart Octagon Glitter and semi fine glitter
  • A paint brush
  • Varnish (I used Modge Podge brand)

This project is very simple but it takes about 5(ish) hours start to finish with the drying time.

To start you will want to put a nice thick layer of E6000 Glue on the flat side of your marble. Now you put the glitter on. There are 2 different methods for this – dip the flat side of the marble in a pile of glitter OR sprinkle or place glitter on and gently press it into the glue. By pressing the glitter into the glue, you will actually give it a 3D effect. If the glitter stick of the edges, gently push it back into the glue circle and clean off any glue drips from the domed side of the marble. Now let it dry for 3 hours (or until TOTALLY dry).

After the glue has completely dried, sand off any rough edges and varnish the glittery side of the marble. Let it dry (30 ish minutes). Then using E6000, glue the super strong magnet on the flat glittery side and let it dry completely. Let this dry for 2 hours. And VOILA! You have a super gorgeous glittery magnet! Put it on your fridge and hang your thickest invitations without fear of them falling off.

Until next time,

Emily B.

Emilyelizabethjoybrown.com

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