Tag Archives: Magnets

Button Frame Magnets

DIY Button Magnets

I’m the type of person that puts absolutely everything on my refrigerator. Photos, To-Do Lists, Postcards, they all go up where I can enjoy them every day. I’m constantly using one magnet to hold up many pieces of paper until it falls off the fridge.

Button Frame Magnets

 

These cute little button frames kill two birds with one stone. They help display a few pictures, and they can be used to hold up all those little odds and ends I can’t let go of.

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Handmade Gifts

This holiday season I’ve decided to try my hand at making home made gifts for friends and family. Crafty gifts are always fun to give and receive, because they can be tailored specifically for each person. Plus, making presents by hand means that I will be able to afford to give presents to more people in my life, including co-workers, teachers etc. Here’s a list of some unique and beautiful gifts that aren’t too complicated to make at home.

These Herb Candles have a subtle, lovely scent. You can decorate the holders to match the herbs and style of the person you are making them for.

DIY – Pressed Herb CandlesAdventures in Making

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Eyeball Magnets

By Guest Blogger Maria Mercedes

Creepy Eyeball Magnets - Tutorial at ThinkCrafts.com

Materials:

  • Foam Balls
  • Creative paper clay
  • Paint colors: white, red, black and green
  • Brushes: small, medium and a fine brush
  • Magnets
  • Permanent fine Black Pen
  • E600 glue or any other strong adhesive
  • Xacto knife or craft knife
  • Matte Varnish
  • Miscellaneous: paper towels, pencil, tape, sand paper, small container, water, a Ziploc bag or plastic container to keep the paper clay.

 

Instructions:

Cut in Half

1. Cut foam balls in half.

Clay Layer

2. Apply a thin layer of paper clay covering the entire eye foam. Keeping your fingers moist will help smooth out the paper clay. Use a little bit of paper clay at the time and tape close the rest of the package and put it in a container or Ziploc to keep it from drying out.

3. Once the paper clay is totally dry, sand slightly and paint the eyeballs white.

Circle

Let dry again. Draw a small circle on the middle of the eyeball.

Paint

4. Paint the green circle. Let it dry. Paint a smaller black circle in the middle of the green circle. Using a permanent black fine marker draw a black line around the green circle. Paint the details of the red veins with the fine brush.

Glue Magnet

5. Seal eyeball with Varnish. Let it dry. Attach the magnet to the back of the eyeball.

DIY Eyeball Magnets - Tutorial at ThinkCrafts.com

 

Mini Canvas Washi Tape Magnets

By General Crafts Contributor Monica from the blog Mon Makes Things.

Mini Canvas Washi Mangets - Tutorial at ThinkCrafts.com

Mini Canvas Washi Magnet - Tutorial at ThinkCrafts.com

Sometimes, you just need a quick and easy, stash-busting project, am I right? Not only do you get to use the craft supplies you stock piled during a sale, but you also get that sense of accomplishment because you actually finished a project for once. Or maybe that’s just me as I’m usually surrounded by daunting, half-finished, large scale projects… 😉 Regardless, this is a fun project that easily comes together within an episode or two of Say Yes to the Dress, and is perfect for even the most novice crafter or kiddo who digs color and pattern.

 

Stuff You’ll Need: 

2″x2″ mini canvases or cardboard/chipboard pieces (you could even use some fun chipboard shapes!), plenty of funky washi tapeE6000 craft gluesmall strong magnets (wimpy magnets bum me out – there’s nothing worse than a magnet that won’t properly hold your pizza coupons on your fridge!) 😉

optional: Crop-A-Dile hole punch, yarn needleyarn

Washi Tape and Yarn Magnets - Tutorial at ThinkCrafts.com

Washi Tape Magnets - Tutorial at ThinkCrafts.com

Now get out that washi tape and play with patterns! You can see that I had plenty of fun mixing different colors and designs. I found that the tape adhered best to the tops and bottoms of the piece when at least a third of the tape was folded onto the back. If too little was folded to the back, the tape would start to unpeel. The same goes for the sides — you want to make sure you have enough tape folded onto the back to secure it. Look at the magnet in the above photo for a good reference. Fold the corners sort of like you would a present. You may need to trim them with scissors if the corners end up a bit pointy.

If you’d like, you can punch holes in your decorated squares using the Crop-A-Dile, forming a geometric shape of some kind (a triangle is really easy). Then using your yarn needle and a length of yarn, stitch the yarn through the holes into your desired pattern. To finish, simply tie the two ends together on the back and snip the excess!

Adhere your magnets using the E6000 glue (that stuff is amazing), and let it dry! Then use your magnets to make your fridge or memo board a little more fabulous. 😉

Mini Canvas Washi Tape Magnets - Tutorial at ThinkCrafts.com

These would be perfect for a college student headed back to school this fall. They’re a great way to personalize your work space, white board, or mini fridge!

What do you think? I was a little late to the washi-party, but are you as crazy for washi tape as I am?! I just love all the variety!

 

Reverse Painting with Shrinkable Plastic

By Kid’s Crafts Contributor Stephanie, from the Blog A Geek in Glasses.

Reverse Painting Technique with Shrinkable Plastic. Tutorial at ThinkCrafts.com

I love shrinkable plastic. The possibilities are endless with what you can make with it. Today, I am making magnets, but really it’s about the painting technique more than the finished product. I have made crafts before with shrinking plastic like zipper pulls. In the past I have colored the plastic on the top with markers and colored pencils. Today we are going to use acrylic paints and permanent ink.

Supplies:

Rubber Stamp and Paint

To begin, use permanent ink and stamp the rubber stamp image on the plastic. If you do not have a rubber stamp, draw the desired image on the plastic with a permanent ink pen.

Flip Plastic Over and Paint

Reverse Painting

Turn the plastic over and paint the back side with acrylic paint. Let it dry.

Flip over and cut out

Cut the image out and shrink it according to the directions on the package.

Reverse Painting and Shrink Plastic Magnets. Tutorial at ThinkCrafts.com

Let it cool, then glue a magnet to the back and you are done. By painting the back side it makes the piece look three dimensional.

Reverse Painted Shrink Plastic Magnets. Tutorial at ThinkCrafts.com

If you use this technique for items that will be worn, coat the back side where the paint it with a gloss coat of paint or Mod Podge.

Photo Tile Magnet

By Guest Blogger Noreen from The Crafty Journal

The Crafty Journal is an endless collection of  her own craft projects and tutorials from all over the web for every age and every occasion.

An old family photo tile magnet is easy to make and a great gift idea!

Photo Tile Magnet at ThinkCrafts.com

A few years ago I attended a family reunion with a large group of relatives I didn’t know. It happened that I had a photo of our common ancestor that no one else had, or was even aware existed. I wanted to take some small gift for each family as a remembrance of the occasion, and I came up with the idea of using the old family photo to make a photo tile magnet. It was really quite easy, and since I did it in assembly line mode (I made almost five dozen) they were finished pretty quickly.

I scanned the photo (do NOT use the actual photo in this project!) and then shrank it to 2 inches by 2 inches, and filled a few sheets of computer paper with them. I let the photos dry overnight.

This is not the whole sheet, but shows a strip of how I printed the photos.

For the back of the photo tile magnet I created a small strip of paper with the names of the people and the approximate time the photo was taken, plus my name as the artist.

What you need

  • 2×2 Inch Ceramic Tiles, which come on a sheet of 36 tiles

 

What you do

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