Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Magnet Fun

I attended a girl's weekend recently where I was asked to bring a craft to share.  I decided to keep it simple and so had each person make a set of refrigerator magnets.  It took each person a total of 10 minutes from start to finish.
I bought wooden flowers from a craft store and painted them black or brown depending on each person's kitchen colors.  Then, I sprayed them with an acrylic coating.  Each person made one wooden flower magnet and three smaller magnets without the flower.

Once again I used button cover kits for the center of the wooden magnet as well as the three smaller magnets.

Instructions: Pull out scraps of fabric and allow each person to cut four 2 1/4" * 2 1/4" squares of fabric.

Then, lay the fabric square in the white button maker tool with the pattern side facing down.  Place the front side of the button on top of the fabric square.  Trim the fabric corners off leaving 1/4". 

Tuck the excess fabric into the center of the button and place the back side of the button on top as pictured above.

Using the blue button maker tool press the back of the button into the front.  You will hear a small snap when the button has formed. 

Next, press the button shank to the side so that you can glue on a magnet as pictured on the right.  Glue a magnet to the back of the button using hot glue.  If you are making the 3 smaller magnets you can stop here.  To make the wooden flower magnet continue by placing a dot of glue to the front side of the wooden flower.  Quickly place your magnet button on top.
Turn the flower magnet over and glue 1-2 additional magnets on the back.  Voila!

*This idea came from fun magnets a friend has up in her house.  Her magnets differed in that the tops were made by gluing clear pebbles to scrapbook paper.  Thanks for the inspiration Sharee...and who ever inspired you!

1 comment:

Jana and Brett said...

ooo! What a great idea! Love it!