We are back after taking a Thanksgiving break from blogging!  I hope that all of you had a great holiday!

Aidan and I made these magnets as a gift for a family member, and I thought that they turned out really well!

We learned how to make them from this post that I found on Pinterest.  Here is what you need to get started:

  • Glass vase filler marbles – the flat kind
  • E-6000 glue, or another strong glue.  This glue is made for adhering to glass, etc.
  • Magnets
  • Something for your background – we drew little pictures with colored pencils.  You could also use magazine pictures or Christmas wrapping paper.  We didn’t have any Christmas gift wrap with a small enough print to be able to use it!  The marble magnifies the design and makes it look kind of neat!

For the snowflake and the star, I drew the design with a colored pencil, and Aidan painted over it with watercolors.  The watercolor paint resists the pencil drawing.

The glue has dangerous fumes, so that part of the project is definitely an adult job.  I put a small drop of glue on the paper, and then pressed down the marble.  You can see the glue spread through the marble, and if any leaks out at the edge, just wipe it off.  I let them dry, and then used the E-6000 to attach the magnet as well.  I did have trouble with the glue bleeding through the paper and blurring the picture a little (look at the candy cane one), so I switched to Tacky Glue, but that blurred the picture too (look at the star one).  If any of you try this and figure out a trick to keep it from happening, let me know!

We’re planning to make more of these as gifts!  And they don’t have to be only Christmassy – Aidan thought that he could make a set with an alphabet letter on each magnet, and Gresham could spell things on the refrigerator.  I thought that was a great idea!

What homemade gifts are you making this year?

Linked to Homemade Christmas Gifts on Critters and Crayons

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  1. maryanne @ mama smiles Nov 28, 2011

    I love Aidan's alphabet set idea!

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    1. JDaniel4's Mom Nov 28, 2011

      These are so cute! I love the drawings!

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      1. Melissa @The Chocolate Muffin Tree Nov 28, 2011

        These are a great idea! I'm pinning this!

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        1. Kate @ Puddles and Gumboots Nov 29, 2011

          I love this idea! Very cute

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          1. Kim S. Nov 29, 2011

            What a neat idea. I've been looking for ideas for making my own Advent Tree decorations and this might be a good way to do something unique. Thanks for sharing!

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            1. SmilynStef Nov 29, 2011

              I have found different papers react differently with different adhesives ... I love that you colored your own pictures though ... how adorable.

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              1. critteresandcrayons Nov 29, 2011

                So cool!!!!! I imagine you gave a lesson in polarity? :) Thanks so much for linking up!

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                1. Joyce @Dinosaurs And Octopuses Nov 30, 2011

                  Such a great idea! I especially love that the alphabet idea was thought of by one of your boys. Learning is obviously fun :)

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                  1. Rebekah Nov 30, 2011

                    Great idea for using kid's art to make a great gift idea for family!

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                    1. sarah Jun 2, 2013

                      if you seal the back of the picture with mod podge or something similar the e6000 wont blur the image! :)
                      im making mine right now!

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                      1. Sarah Jun 2, 2013

                        Thanks for the tip!! That is very helpful to know!

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