Decorative Magnets

I think I deserve to be placed into the “World’s Worst Blogger” category for what I’m about to admit. Oh well. Here goes: It is December 5, 2012, and I’m just now posting about the gift I gave to our church ladies last Christmas. As in 2011. A year ago. I know. Disgraceful. I decided that Christmas is Christmas, so why not just come clean and share it now, a year later? Yeah. Why not? So I am. I hope you can forgive my laziness and can see the gift for what it was. Okay, it wasn’t much, but perhaps you can see it for what I hoped it would be.

Just to set the stage, I should say that last year was my first year to delve into Pinterest. I was new; I was still in the learning phase, but I was in it and loving it. I found THIS project there. I gave it a whirl.

I am now a Pinterest addict. But that’s another post for another time.

Supplies:
  • Scrapbooking paper 
  • Tiny, clear jewels used in vases
  • Magnets – small enough that they won’t show
  • Scissors
  • Clear Tacky glue

Directions:
  • Hold the flat side gem against your favorite paper, pattern side up, and cut around it using sharp scissors. Don’t leave any excess hanging off the edge.
  • Place a dot of clear Tacky glue onto pattern side of paper and adhere to the flat side of gem.
  • Allow to dry overnight.
  • Next day, peel backing from the round magnets, and place a drop of clear Tacky glue onto the back. Adhere to bottom of gem.
  • Allow to dry overnight.
  • Stick to a metal surface (not sure you’d know what to do with a magnet…lol! Just kidding!) 
  • Enjoy.

I used the scrapbooking paper as well as wallpaper from a sample book my mother gave me. I loved the thick texture of the wallpaper, but any paper will do. A repetitive pattern is best, so that the image will be clear and entire after glued to the magnet.  I will say that I was disappointed in the size. I looked for larger gems but couldn’t find them. Because they were so tiny, I had to buy tiny magnets. And, the smaller the magnet, the less the “sticking” power. These are not strong enough to hold up much of anything on the fridge. You just have to use these small ones for “pretty buttons” on your metal surface. Oh! And they are not safe to have around a toddler. Yes, I learned from experience. 
I’m not sure if these will help much, but here are some photos of my project:

I cropped a photo to show it close up. This is not the actual size, and I apologize for the grainy photo quality. 
The finished product! I wrapped a set of four up with a ribbon to give to our church ladies. 
So, there it is. A year late, but it’s on the blog nonetheless. Thank you for reading my belated posts. And, if you find the larger gems, please let me know where, and how large your city is. Thank you. 😉

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