When I was much younger and we visited Florida, my mom taught me how to make magnets out of seashells. I was fascinated. I was able to bring one of my favorite things from my favorite places home and use it in a functional way.
Recently, my grandfather passed away and I wanted a way to preserve his memory. I went through his house looking for something that was small enough to be a magnet yet absolutely reminded me of him. I was digging through a drawer of knick-knacks and came across these gems. They are little inserts you can put into cigarettes. When the fire hits the insert, it makes a loud cartoon-ish punching sound that makes you duck your head. They crack me up. Perfect! Grandpa was quite a jokester. (To see a video of the prank in progress, click here.)
This is a super easy craft. Really, you could make a magnet out of almost anything. I certainly needed them! My poor fridge was bare. The first step is to clean your future magnet very well. If you are using vintage items, be careful. You don’t want to ruin the integrity of the piece. Just clean it enough that glue will stick to it.
Next, glue the magnet on. I bought a pack of 50 magnets for $8. Get the strongest you can find. Many magnets have a strength scale of 1-10 at the bottom. I dug around until I found a 6. If you are using it for decoration only, you could use one that wasn’t as strong. I need mine to hold multiple papers.
Once the glue is set, put them to use!
After I saw how cute these were, I had to make more so I made a trip to Hobby Lobby. My favorite one is the fabric flower. The hubby’s favorite is the wine cork. I still have a ton of magnets left so I think it’s time to make another trip to Hobby Lobby! Especially since I need some at work now!
If you make some, let me know! I’d love to hear how you preserved memories or created new ones!
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