I thought I’d share this washi tape magnet tutorial with you. Way back when I had my old blog I posted this tutorial for making super cute glass tile magnets using washi and deco tape. It was a really popular post but it has disappeared into the nether regions of the world wide web. So here it is again –
These super quick, fun little magnets are a great project to do with the kids and are awesome to have on hand for a hand-made gift.
First up – gather your supplies. You’ll need : clear craft glue (I like Mod Podge but Diamond Glaze is excellent as well); scissors; a variety of washi tape (made from washi paper and has a matte transparent quality to it), deco tape (made from PVC and is shiny) or stickers; clear magnified glass pebbles or tiles (you can sometimes find them at $2.00 shops); patterned paper or plain paper; a paintbrush and stick on magnets (again easily purchased at $2.00 shops).
Place your pebble onto patterned paper or plain card and trace around the shape.
Now either fill the space entirely or partly with your tape or stickers (depending on whether you’d like the paper to show).
Once you’re happy with the effect, cut around the shape (you should still be able to see it through the tape). If using stickers just retrace.
Apply your glue to the flat side of the pebble using a paintbrush.
Carefully press your cut out circle picture side onto the pebble and hold in place until it stays. Then rub the back of the image to get rid of any air bubbles.
Then set aside to dry. This usually takes a good 24 hours. Why not make a bunch of them while waiting for them to dry. Once they are dry you are ready to attach a magnet to the back. I find the stick-on sheets that you can cut out work really well as you can cut to any size you like (just make sure they are sturdy enough to hold the weight of your pebble). Alternatively you can buy the little round silver ones from Ebay.
Here are some examples of the lovely effects you can create using different papers, stickers and tape.
Don’t just stop at magnets – have a think about using your little creations as cabochon pieces for setting into jewellery. Try attaching to a blank ring base (you need to use a strong adhesive for this – I find E6000 to be the best). Or you could set it into a pendant setting or hair clip. We sell many jewellery findings and settings at our Sew Crafty Living online shop.
These would make wonderful little gifts for Christmas time. They would make especially great gifts for teachers and you can get the kids involved in the process. Do you make your own gifts for teachers presents or buy a store bought item? Do you have any ideas for handmade presents?