Make glass bead magnets with the kids for a simple and easy craft project to help you get through those long summer days when the kids are home.
I love working with mod podge, especially for this decorative book with a secret hiding place and this vintage map lampshade. But, when it comes to a craft the kids can safely work on, I chose these Easy Decorative DIY Glass Bead Magnets.
A while ago, I happened upon a craft tutorial creating decorative push pins with glass beads. The very next day my boys and I picked out glass beads and the rest of the supplies at AC Moore. Then we spent over an hour chatting and giggling as they cut out pictures form catalogs and magazines. Here’s how we made glass bead magnets.
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- Scissors or X-acto blade
- Glass Beads (clear)
- Strong circular magnets
- Old paint brush
- Mod Podge
- E-6000 adhesive glue
My 3 and 6 year old were so excited when I pulled out the Oriental Trading Catalog and a few other magazines and asked them to pick out their favorite pictures. I showed them how to place the glass bead on top of the images to see how their pictures would look.
Next traced around the pictures and cut them out with an x-acto knife.
Then I let my 6 yr. old paint modge podge on the picture front.
We centered the glass bead on top of the picture. Then my son sealed the picture by coating the back of the image with modge podge.
After the beads dried, we took out the magnets. I applied a dab of E-6000 glue to the magnet…
…then set the glass bead on top.
Within 30 – 45 minutes they were dry and hardened.
And now we have custom glass bead magnets. I chose mostly black and white images and graphic numbers and letters for my set.
The kids on the other hand – well, let’s just say they do love their Noggin shows!