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March 15, 2007

Old magazines put to good use

I love all the patterns and textures you find in magazines like Domino or catalogs like West Elm. So I cut out tiny scraps from photos of pillows and tablecloths and people's shirts and made them into magnets. Some sets I sold, and some became small gifts. Materials: glass marble thingies from Walmart or anywhere; scissors or round punch; gel craft glue to stick your paper to your marble; round magnets; glue gun to stick your magnet to your marble.

You can also glue a tack to the back and use them on your bulletin board. Recognize that wallpaper from the Brocade Home catalog?

15 comments:

jamie said...

those "marble thingies" are fun, eh?! i've made some too from odds and ends but never thought to use magazine clippings!

MissK said...

What a great idea.

Lana said...

And they last for.ev.er! I love the papers you've used in your magnets.

jamie said...

you should put those on etsy, jess!!

treasuring said...

I love these! what a great way to use stuff from that stack of old home decor and design magazines we all have sitting around....

erin said...

such a cool idea, they looks great

rose said...

these are adorable - thanks for the great idea.

foodiechickie said...

I tried this a few times myself. It is fun. But I had trouble with the glue. What kind do you recommend? Thank you.

Jess said...

I used "Elmer's Craft Bond Paper Craft Glue Gel" to stick on the paper to the glass marble. I brushed it on to make a thin coating. And used hot glue to attach the magnet.

Anonymous said...

Really great. There is something about looking at the pattern thru thick glass. I have made some with women's faces behind the glass. Old fashion sorts of renderings.
All your work is very well done, I am glad I got to see it.
mspat

threadbeaur said...

I love the magnets. I have so many magazines that I can't throw away. Now I can use them.
Thanks.

robin westover said...

so these marble thingies. Are they the glass things you put in bowls for flower arrangements?

Jess said...

I think so. Rounded on one side with a flat bottom?

cairech said...

Those thingies are called "glass drops". They're so charming, I have a bunch sitting around just to sort and play with. :)

Kim said...

I use old road atlas maps to make personalized magnets for friends. Everyone seems to enjoy a little touch of their hometown. I've had good luck using Alene's Tacky Glue to adhere both the map pieces and the magnets.

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