I’ve been making these adorable little glass button magnets all day. I learned how to make them on some craft website I stumbled upon, and they’re kind of addictive. I will give you a short tutorial, because I want the world to know about how awesomely adorable and simple to make these are.
Supplies: Clear flat glass discs (like the ones you might fill a flower vase or aquarium with), circular magnets (ones the same size as or slightly smaller than the glass discs you bought), a good clear glue (I used clear Elmer’s), index cards or some other stiff white paper, scissors, a pencil
1. Select tiny pictures from your favorite old magazines or personal photos. I used Rolling Stone and Game Informer magazines. Ads work especially well, since they’re so concerned with design.
2. Cut out the pictures. You don’t have to trim them perfectly just yet.
3. Glue the pictures to the non-lined side of your index card (or other stiff paper that you chose). Get as many as you can fit on there, don’t want to waste paper! The glue will wrinkle your pics a little, don’t worry about that.
4. Give the card some time to dry. Half an hour to an hour, maybe. You can look through your magazines for more tiny pictures during this time!
5. Once it’s good and dry, lay a glass disc over the area you want to show on your magnet. Experiment a little with cropping the image in different ways— it’s fun! Hold the disc down with one finger and trace a circle around it with your pencil.
6. Cut on the inside of the line you made. You may have to trim a little more than you think, just keep measuring your picture against the disc and trimming as much as you need.
7. Put a dot of glue on one side of your magnet, and lay the picture on top of it (blank side down, of course).
8. Put another dot of glue on top of your photo, (ARE YOU READY, BECAUSE THIS IS THE BEST PART) and lay the glass bead on top. Press it down, so the bead of glue smooshes out flat. Ahhh, so satisfying. Any wrinkles that were in your image from the glue will disappear.
9. I chose to put a small clamp on each of my magnets while they dried to make sure the seal was tight and strong.
10. If you want to make these extra cute as a gift, eight 3/4” button magnets will fit perfectly into an empty Altoid tin. You can cut out something cool from a magazine and glue it into the top of the inside of the tin for an extra little surprise.
Try not to get addicted! Or make as many as you possibly can! They are great little gifts for pretty much anybody. Who doesn’t want cute magnets?