A how-to that brightens up your fridge and makes a sweet gift!
Looking for a quick, inexpensive, craft that makes a fabulous gift? These sweet, little magnets are a fantastic DIY last-minute present for a friend, or thank-you gift for your kid’s teachers. You may want to keep some for yourself to brighten up your fridge.
• Self-adhesive plastic gems (optional)
Common sense tip: Buttons are beautiful little choking hazards. Magnets are especially dangerous when swallowed. Keep these supplies away from children who have a tendency to put objects in their mouth.
1. Select your button combinations. Experiment with different color combinations, in a variety of sizes, with your buttons.
Tip: It is possible to use buttons with shanks on the back, however, I have found that some snap off easily with pliers, while others do not.
2. Start stacking! Small, medium, and large is a great place to start. Feel free to stack even higher if it suits your artistic creation.
3. Once you have determined your design, apply a small amount of super glue to the back of the top button. It is best to avoid applying glue on the button-holes – a glue ring around the button-holes keeps glue from seeping through, and making a sticky mess. Because some buttons are curved, rather than flat, you may need to hold buttons together for a few seconds, insuring a solid bond.
4. Proceed by gluing your middle button to the bottom button.
5. Turn the stack upside down and super-glue a magnet to the center of the back. Easy peasy.
6. Does your stack call for some bling? Self-adhesive, colored, plastic gems make a fancy topper!
While you are at the craft store buying buttons and magnets, why not pick up a few tins? Placing a few of your lovely button magnets into a tin, is a fantastic presentation for your handmade gift.
Readers – what type of magnets currently adorn your refrigerator?
Rachel is a stay-at-home Mom that never seems to be home. She’s a military wife, mother to The Danger Boys and a self-proclaimed craftaholic that enjoys photography, knitting, baking and all things handmade.
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