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.
How to Make Glass Bead Magnets
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.
We recently visited the Art Museum in Chicago and I found myself swooning over the beautiful paperweight collection. The glass magnifies the design inside the weights allowing you to see all the intricate details. While I don’t foresee making my own glass paperweights, the kids and I could get creative and use glass beads to make some beautiful magnets.
A while ago, I happened upon a craft tutorial creating decorative push pins with glass beads. The next day my boys and I picked out glass beads and the rest of the supplies at AC Moore. My 3 and 6 year old were so excited when I pulled out the Oriental Trading Catalog and asked them to pick out their favorite pictures. We spent over an hour chatting and giggling as they cut out pictures from catalogs and magazines. If your children are looking for specific photos, you can always print them out from your computer first. Once you have your images, you are ready to get creative!
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- Scissors or X-acto blade
- Glass Beads (clear)
- Strong circular magnets
- Old paint brush
- Mod Podge
- E-6000 adhesive glue
Lay your bead on top of a picture you want to use.
Trace around the pictures and cut them out with an x-acto knife.
Paint mod podge on the front of the picture.
Center the glass bead on top of the picture. Then seal the picture by coating the back of the image with more mod podge.
After the beads dry, take out the magnets. Apply a dab of E-6000 glue to the magnet…
…then set the glass bead on top.
Within 30 – 45 minutes they should be dry and hardened.
Now you have beautiful 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 cartoon shows!
Let me know if you make your own glass bead magnets. What images will you use?
Be sure to pin this image for a friend. You know how hard it is to keep the kids entertained over the summer, right?!