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DIY Magnets with a Fun Theme, in Four Easy Steps

These DIY magnets are SO easy to make with decoupage medium and scrapbook paper! They have a fun nautical theme and make great gifts.

Skills Required: None. You don’t need any prior crafting skills to make these magnets – they are simple enough for anyone to make, including children.

DIY magnets

Hello, it’s Courtney again with Crafts by Courtney! This time I wanted to share with everyone these easy, cute DIY Magnets I made using scrapbook paper. The best part about these glass magnets you can customize them any way you want! It’s an easy craft for kids – not just adults.

I of course pulled out my “trusty” pack of coastal theme scrapbook paper for this decoupage idea so that I could use them as beach decor. But the scrapbook paper possibilities are endless out there! Learn how to make these fridge magnets below.

DIY Magnets with Mod Podge

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Getting Started

Ever since I found these great packs of coastal/nautical theme scrapbook paper at Hobby Lobby I knew I wanted to make some magnets for the refrigerator.

Clear glass marbles, Mod Podge, E-6000, magnets, and scrapbook paper

I already had all the supplies on hand except the marble accents. I found those at JoAnns for $6.00 a pack. Of course I used my “Handy Dandy” 40% off coupon!! A couple days later I did stop by the Dollar Tree and saw they have smaller packs there as well.

I was super excited to get started on my DIY magnets!

Step 1 – Punch Out Circles

I have a couple circle punches left over from my scrapbooking days. So I had a circle punch that fit perfectly.

Circle punch and scrapbook paper

But my second option if the circle punch didn’t work was to trace out the circle with one of the glass pieces and cut out. SO, you don’t necessarily need a punch for this step.

Step 2 – Add Circles

Now it’s time to add our scrapbook paper. YAY!!

I painted on a little Mod Podge to the back of the glass pieces and gently placed my scrapbook paper on top. I made sure to smooth down with my fingers to keep any air bubbles from popping up.

Painting Mod Podge on the back of clear glass marbles with a foam brush

Step 3 – Seal in Circles

Next I added a little Mod Podge to the backs of my DIY magnets and let dry 20 minutes.

Painting Mod Podge on the back of marble magnets with a foam brush

Step 4 – Add Magnet

Finally it’s time to add the magnets! I found this pack of magnets at WalMart about two years ago. I needed them to hang my son’s chore chart up on the fridge. They are pretty awesome! Just add a dab of E-6000 glue to the back and then firmly press on your magnet.

Glue magnets to the back of marbles with E-6000

My son thought they looked like giant googly eyes.

Finishing Touches

Now just let your magnets dry for about three hours and then you’re ready to start using them!!

Cute magnets

These nautical Mod Podge magnets are great. I can start displaying my kids artwork or important papers I get from their school. Plus they are pretty heavy duty and can hold several pieces of paper. I hate getting magnets that can only hold 1 or 2 pieces of paper.

Mod Podge magnets

Thanks for stopping by and checking out my latest project! These really were such a easy project to work on. I think I want to make some with a kids’ theme next.

Yield: 12 magnets

DIY Magnets

These DIY magnets are SO easy to make with decoupage medium and scrapbook paper! They have a fun nautical theme and make great gifts.

Make cute magnets using this simple tutorial! This is one of those DIY magnet ideas you're going to love making for every gift giving opportunity.

Prep Time 10 minutes
2Active Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Difficulty Easy
Estimated Cost $6

Materials

  • Mod Podge Matte
  • Scrapbook paper
  • Magnets
  • Marble accents
  • Glue
  • Foam brush

Tools

  • Scissors
  • Circle punch (optional)

Instructions

  1. Punch out the circles using a circle punch. If you don't have a circle punch, trace the magnets on the scrapbook paper and cut out with scissors.
  2. Paint Mod Podge on the back of the marble pieces with a foam brush. Gently place the scrapbook paper on top and smooth down.
  3. Add more Mod Podge on the back and let dry for 20 minutes.
  4. Add a dab of E-6000 glue to the back and then firmly press on your magnet.
  5. Let your magnets dry for several hours before using or gifting.

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If you enjoyed this summer craft project, I’d love for you to check out these other ideas:

Elizabeth B.

Saturday 29th of January 2022

I would love to make those someday. I'm wondering where do I find the hole punch and which one can fit the clear marble before gluing with the mod podge? Thank you very much.

Elizabeth B.

Thursday 3rd of February 2022

@Amy, Thank you very much for your help.

Amy

Monday 31st of January 2022

Hi Elizabeth! So these clear marbles are 1" - and the punch is also a 1" circle punch. You can get the marbles AND the punches at craft stores like Michaels! I will say that stores are having trouble keeping stuff in stock these days so #2 option is Amazon.

Maria

Saturday 5th of June 2021

Hi I tried to make this with real pictures and followed all the directions. Pictures did not bleed but the mud podge never dried inside the glass marble! I did not put that much mod podge. It’s been two days and I can still see cloudy mod podge inside the marble. Only the edge dried so the wet glue is stuck inside marble!! Any ideas of what I did wrong??? Thanks!

Amy

Sunday 6th of June 2021

Maria can you send me a pic amy at modpodgerocksblog dot com?

Lisa-Lin

Thursday 19th of March 2015

I love your cute magnets! Recently, I started making magnets, using copies of my photos--with the Silver Dimensional Magic. Try it with yours--I LOVE the hint on sparkle-- Mod Podge rocks!

Sonja Kuvik Loyd

Thursday 19th of March 2015

So neat! I need some Beachy magnets.Very nice

Katie

Monday 16th of March 2015

These are GORGEOUS!! So simple, but so pretty!! Just what my fridge needs ...

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