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to make: marble magnets

(mini tropical vacation)

I finally gave in and made marble magnets. Not surprisingly they are quite fun, smooshing the glue out to make a perfect little magnified image is very satisfying.

Here, in order of appearance, are the places I referenced:

I bought all of these supplies at Michael’s, including the glue I went back for since I got the wrong kind to start with. I bought 1/2″ and 3/4″ round (strong) magnets (in with the frames, near the corks); 1/2″ and 3/4″ clear flat glass marbles (in the fake flowers aisle, check the mosaics section too); silicon sealer made by the Crazy Glue people (in the glue aisle). All of the pictures were cut out of Lucky magazine, in the last five issues. I hope I’m not violating any laws by showing them here.

These are great packaged in those Altoid-sized tins, I’ve seen them in office/gift shops like that. I was very tempted to get googly eyes, and those flat bottomed plastic jewels (the ones in the bead aisle which don’t have holes in them, you know?) and make sets of those. However, the plastic jewel colors weren’t exciting me at the time. You can also do marble push pins, bracelets and chokers and rings, hair clips, heck you could just skip the magnet part and glue marble pictures to, say, a lamp.

First I thanked myself for saving all those magazines. Then I hunted through for tiny pictures, I used the marble itself to test, then traced a circle the size of the magnet and cut it out with scissors. A perfectly sized craft hole punch would save a lot of time here.
Gathering the stuff – silicon glue, cut out pictures, magnets, and marbles. I put paper down so I wouldn’t ruin my cheap Ikea coffee table. Ok, at this point I have to admit my initial failing. I, of course, didn’t check to see what type of glue would be best before I went to the store so I got Crafter’s Goop first. I’m sure it works really really well, but man does it smell strongly! It’s been three days since my first try and it’s still at the stage where you sniff it once, but not again because you know it can’t be good for your lungs. I went back, and on advice from the Paper Candy instructions, found silicon glue. It doesn’t have a strong odor and seems to just work just right.
note: I forgot a step. A few people suggest gluing down a white round of cardstock first (junk mail comes in great here) as the glue can seep through your picture and show the dark magnet underneath if you don’t. It didn’t seem to affect my magnets, I used magazine pictures which are fairly flimsy, however I will have to test it to see if my whites could be whiter.

I used a toothpick to spread a thin layer of the glue on the magnet, and put the picture down over that. I had a few seconds to slide the picture into place if needed. I used a toothpick because really strong glue in squeezey metal containers hates me and gloops everywhere. I squeezed a tiny amount of the silicon glue onto some paper and used the toothpick from there. No traumatic events occurred and I don’t need to go back to Ikea to replace the table.

Using the toothpick again, I dabbed a bit of glue, about the size of a lentil, onto the middle of the picture.
Lower the marble straight down onto the glue.
And press down in the center. You can see the glue spreading out to the corners making a nice seamless, hopefully bubble less, magnet. Any of those ripples on the bottom of the marble will magically disappear. This whole thing is very satisfying.
One word of warning, some of my marbles were too small and the pictures stuck out. Really though they won’t show once they’re on the fridge. I hope. At first I was wary of how thick the magnets themselves are, but now I appreciate it as it gives the whole thing enough height to hold on to when you’re prying it off the fridge door.

Um… I feel like I’m forgetting to say something. I’ll let you know when I remember what it was.

marble magnets small update: I made these at night under my living room lamp (thus the bad photos), and the marbles seemed fine. But in the light of day I discover they have scratches on the outer surface. Nothing bad, just not quite the perfection it seemed. So do make sure you have decent light, as if you needed to hear me say that.
update 12.23.02
I read about cabochons at this thread and this thread on Glitter, I didn’t quite know what they were. I found some at Tap Plastics while I was there – they make them in 1″ and 1/2″ sizes. I bought some 1″ ones and made some Christmas magnets, they are the two bottom and middle one in the picture at the left. The pictures at the Tap Plastics website is sort of unclear, they are solid half spheres, there is no hollow space in the middle. The 1/2″ cabochons Tap carried were just slightly too small to fit over my 1/2″ magnets.

A picture of the side and the bottom – I used the 3/4″ magnets. To make these I pressed the cabochon onto the picture first and allowed to set, then I attached the magnet.

You can buy these individually at a Tap Plastics, or in quantities of 100 from thier website. Tap Plastics has stores in California, Oregon and Washington. I am sure there are other places to find them or order them online as well. The Glitter threads talk about using plastic cabochons for making marble jewelry.

note: if you’re wondering where to buy blank Altoids style tins, or other style tins, see Impress Rubber Stamps (look under Packaging), or try a Japanese stationary store if there is one near you.


more sets I’ve made

six 3/4″ magnets fit in one Altoids sized tin very nicely


464 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Aiesha // Dec 5, 2006 at 8:10 pm

    LOVE it! I made these today using photos I printed out from my computer, of my siblings when they were younger and growing up. They turned out into a darling little magnetic timeline collection and will make great presents. Thank you.

  • 2 bernie // Dec 5, 2006 at 10:51 pm

    Thanks for the step-by-step instructions and delightful comment. I’m going to make African patterned magnets. Bernie

  • 3 Jessica // Dec 6, 2006 at 1:35 pm

    Hi! I can’t resist this cute idea for neighnor gifts! I’m also going to personalize some for my family. Here’s my question. I want to buy the 3/4″ cabochons from TAP, just wondering if anyone has tried that size. Are they too small to put little head shots of my little boy? Because they are more rounded I’m wondering if it would distort the image of his face, or words too. I would really love to hear from someone who has tried them before I buy 100 of them. Thank you!

  • 4 Jessica // Dec 6, 2006 at 1:38 pm

    Also, I found a great place to get the altoid size tins for a reasonable price. It is called SKS and the website is They are called Hinged Top Tins if anyone is looking.

  • 5 Lunawhimsy // Dec 7, 2006 at 9:33 am

    I love this! Running out to buy supplies ASAP

  • 6 Carver // Dec 10, 2006 at 12:03 pm

    It seems that several of your links have dried up. For those of you looking for metal tins, try Clay Alley for a wide variety of relatively inexpensive tins. All other sites have you ordering by the caseload.

  • 7 Megan // Dec 12, 2006 at 9:23 am

    I think that all the stuff on here is fab!!!!

  • 8 a peek inside the fish bowl // Dec 15, 2006 at 6:43 am

    […] I got the inspiration for these at this site. Her instructions are right on the nose. Follow them to the tee, including the part about the silicone glue, this is very important. Get the glue, otherwise you’ll regret it. The glue is thick and forms a squishy cushion for the magnet. It’s the professional-looking choice, and you want these to look professional, don’t you? […]

  • 9 thierry // Dec 15, 2006 at 11:41 am

    Found this project a few months ago and have since made over 100! my family and friends are much impressed. THANK YOU

  • 10 amanda // Dec 21, 2006 at 7:31 am

    I’ve been making these for some time now. I have a VERY GOOD suggestion for a different glue!!! Buy a jewelry glue called “Jewel It”. This stuff is great – no bubbles – no mess – acts like elmers on your hands, but is REALLY STRONG and drys clear and glossy so the image really sticks out. some glues make the image bleed, or make bubbles under the marble. this glue was found by trial and error…and it’s great. also, I’ve been using comic books to create great comic series.

  • 11 christina // Dec 21, 2006 at 12:51 pm

    Awesome help thanks. I am using this idea to make my wedding favors. Using gerbera daisy photos in my colours and then putting them in round mint tins.Good place to find tins and any other boxes or craft supplies is at essential packaging. THANKS!

  • 12 Bijibo // Jan 2, 2007 at 7:18 am

    These are beautiful pieces with easy to follow instructions.

  • 13 Carol F. // Jan 2, 2007 at 11:22 pm

    Thank you so much for these instructions and the idea. I was able to buy everything before my family Christmas party, used Christmas cards that I had saved from last year, and my children 6, 4, and 3 helped me make them. We couldn’t find the silicone sealer and used “liquid nails”. Everything went extremely well!!!!! I am addicted now and found a pile of old wedding cards in my garage, bought new magnets, and my 6 year old helped me find items on them. We will give them out for wedding gift toppers and little birthday presents. We bought a 1/2 inch whole punch for this process, BTW. Thank you sooooo much. It has been so fun, especially where my children can help.

  • 14 sarah // Jan 8, 2007 at 8:26 am

    I love it – thanks for such a smashing idea!!!!

  • 15 Laura // Jan 8, 2007 at 4:53 pm

    I made these with my two 9 year old nieces… we used a large circle (2″) crafting punch, to cut out the circles from scrapbook paper, and trimmed then once they dried to fit the marble.

    We found the darker paper patterns are more dramatic after they are dry. We also used regular craft tacky glue; it dries clear and they came out great!

    Thanks for the leads on the tins, I think these might be great little birthday gifts for coworkers and the tin is a nice touch!

  • 16 Loremae // Jan 10, 2007 at 9:46 pm

    Great. Cute. Interesting, and glad you shared it with us!

  • 17 Brandy's Mom // Jan 11, 2007 at 7:23 pm

    I found your wonderful idea last spring when my daughter fell in love with cute but expensive ($1.75 each) custom magnet wedding favors. We used the larger clear and irridescent flat marbles, and after some experimenting, created a few appropriate designs on the computer. A 1″ punch worked well for the paper, and everyone LOVED the unique favors at the reception. My neice is using the same idea for her wedding next month. Thanks for your inspiration!

  • 18 Mary // Jan 12, 2007 at 8:45 pm

    I’ve seen these everywhere lately & was looking for easy-to-follow directions so my 5 yr old can make some. I can’t wait to get the materials and get started! Thanks so much!

  • 19 Leann // Jan 15, 2007 at 2:49 pm

    Hell no, I cant’ stop making these!! I think I’m going to try to sell them at the little coffee shop down the street. What do you think, how should I price them. So much fun and so easy, like I said I CAN’T STOP!!!!! THank you for the great hints!

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  • 22 Michelle // Jan 18, 2007 at 5:21 pm

    Those are adorable! Lots of possibilities

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  • 24 Crafting Chaos » Record Clock // Jan 25, 2007 at 6:29 pm

    […] Not Martha has an excellent tutorial on making marble magnets. […]

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  • 26 Joyce // Feb 4, 2007 at 5:38 pm

    This is such a great idea. I placed a link to your website as well as a photo on my website. Please let me know if there is a problem showing your photo. Great work!

  • 27 Crafty Rachel » Reception Details 1: Favors // Feb 5, 2007 at 5:07 am

    […] Ever since I received some for my birthday one year, I have loved the look of marble magnets. These shiny, candy-like little jewels offer endless possibilities for a party theme, be it certain colors, little pictures, or other little graphic bits. Not Martha has several examples of the beautiful ones she made, as well as an excellent tutorial. […]

  • 28 Sarah // Feb 9, 2007 at 11:10 am

    Hi Megan, any suggestions on where to get thumbtacks that have a flat head so I could attach these to a thumbtack rather than a magnet?

  • 29 Bobbie // Feb 11, 2007 at 5:44 pm

    Sounds great..encourages me to create…something…..???

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  • 31 megan // Feb 19, 2007 at 6:48 am

    I was just wondering how some of you printed off photos that were clear enough at 3/4″ . I’m making these magnets as my wedding favors and I wanted to put our destination wedding pictures for some of them as a magnet but the ones i’ve tried are blurry when put behind the gem.
    Any tips would be great! Thanks

  • 32 Beth // Feb 20, 2007 at 1:18 am

    Looks like fun I will try it, thanks Beth

  • 33 Sarah // Feb 23, 2007 at 2:05 pm

    Megan, I had a locket I wanted a picture of my son on and actually used the stickers you can make at It turned out perfect.

    Your idea for a paper punch was perfect. Too bad the cabachons aren’t uniform in size!

    I finally found flat head tacks at the third hardware store I tried–Yikes! So much work for such small a thing. These have been great fun, though.

  • 34 Sarah // Feb 23, 2007 at 4:21 pm

    I should say that I put a picture IN my locket of my son. The stickers at Kodak Gallery are actual photos on adhesive paper–they are good quality.

  • 35 mary beth // Feb 28, 2007 at 9:32 pm

    Confotti is this great web site that prints large circle confetti from your uploaded pics. This would be great for mass producing/wedding favors. The print of the confotti was great.

  • 36 Sheryl // Mar 5, 2007 at 6:59 am

    I saw these magnets for sale on eBay and immediately had to have them. I am so glad to find the instructions for making them. Now my only problem is finding the supplies (we live in a VERY SMALL town in western PA). Looks like I will spend this snowy day surfing the web. Thanks for the great instructions!

  • 37 Shane // Mar 11, 2007 at 10:15 am

    What a great idea! I’m going to Michael’s tomorrow!! Thanks for sharing.

  • 38 Sassy Priscilla's Craft and Life Journal // Mar 12, 2007 at 8:42 am

    Fabric Covered Bulletin Board and Marble Thumbtacks…

    Thanks to Megan at Not Martha, I decided to make Marble thumbtacks, inspired by her Marble Magnets. This has been months in the making. Well, it hasn’t taken me months to do, just months to prepare and get around to…

  • 39 piper // Apr 1, 2007 at 1:37 pm

    LOVE IT!!!!!!!!! i am sooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo going to try this ’cause it looks soooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo awsome!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • 40 Liz // Apr 7, 2007 at 5:28 pm

    Wonderful!!! I’m using these as wedding favors also, and I’m so pleased with how they’re turning out (I made a batch of 50 tonight). I did get a hole punch to help with the pictures; I found it a lot easier to trim off any excess bits than worrying about cutting them all out by hand. I was even able to find some round tins at Michaels that will work perfectly to hold them. Thank you!!

  • 41 Trang // Apr 9, 2007 at 7:28 am

    That silicon glue is not sold in Vietnam. What a pity, your stuffs are amazingly cute

  • 42 Dena // May 7, 2007 at 6:46 pm

    You can get thumb tacks at Staples or Office Depot. Magnets and the flat side marbles at AC Moore or Michaels. AC Moore and Michaels have the E6000 industrial clear adhesive. This was a craft project my teenage daughter had at her birthday party. The girls loved searching for words, patterns and neat figures in magazines, gluing to the glass marble and then to magnet or tack. I had even ordered small tins (the size of an Altoids mint tin) online so they could put the finished products in a take home package. It is an addictive project.

  • 43 Clara // May 10, 2007 at 8:58 am

    It’s a good thing that the silicone cooperates and spreads itself evenly.

  • 44 Caroline // May 24, 2007 at 10:28 am


  • 45 Ju Ju Bee // May 29, 2007 at 7:11 pm

    Thank you very much for putting together such a concise tutorial! And thank you to all of the commenters for their additional ideas for substutions and suppliers =)

  • 46 Lisa G. // Jun 3, 2007 at 1:55 pm

    Adorable! These would make darling teacher gifts or secret sister gifts. . . Thanks!

  • 47 Amber Wedding Rings » Blog Archive » not martha // Jun 4, 2007 at 9:33 pm

    […] in with the frames, near the corks); 1/2″ and 3/4″ clear flat glass marbles (in the fake Buy a jewelry glue called “Jewel It”. This stuff is great – no bubbles – no mess – acts like elmers on your Jewelry Information […]

  • 48 Brandi // Jun 6, 2007 at 8:03 pm

    I absolutely love this idea… I made some and they turned out so cute!

  • 49 Embroidery Enthusiast // Jun 9, 2007 at 9:30 am

    Thanks for the great idea and instructions

  • 50 jennifer // Jun 10, 2007 at 7:23 am

    I just showed this to my daughter and now we have to go to craft store and get the stuff to make them. Lucky us we keep magazines for a long time ! cool . we might even try to sell them.

  • 51 Christa // Jun 20, 2007 at 7:22 pm

    WOW! this is amazing ithink i’ll use this for a quick gift, thanks!

  • 52 Jan // Jun 22, 2007 at 4:49 am

    Hi great idea! A nice gift idea!

  • 53 boo // Jun 27, 2007 at 4:45 am

    Thank you for sharing this and I am glad that I saw this what a great idea.

  • 54 grace // Jun 27, 2007 at 7:20 am

    What a great gift idea! :)

  • 55 Kristi // Jun 27, 2007 at 12:30 pm

    Thanks for the idea! I made my 2yr old niece a set of these. I used come cute pics from magazines and then used head shots of everyone in the family, and she adores them! I put them in a metal watch case I had on hand and she carries it around, calling it her “game.” My sister will ask her to name who/what is in each magnet. To get the best shots, I cropped just the heads out of our pictures, then used a program (Paint Shop Pro) to print out a sheet of all the little heads reduced to the right size.

  • 56 jennifer // Jun 28, 2007 at 5:57 pm

    This is a great idea. I love that some of the people are using these as favors for weddings. I’m going to have to do that!!

  • 57 Kristin // Jul 1, 2007 at 5:20 am

    I’ve been making these magnets for 6 years. I use a small round punch to cut out the pictures and I use just a bottle of tacky glue (mine is called “Real Deal Tacky Glue”) that I spread on with my finger – I dab on one small dot on the marble – spread – place picture on glue and adjust the picture on the glass – let dry – then I dab out a dot on about 5 magnets (The exact ones mentioned in this article by the way — great magnets!) and press the stone on the glue. I can get 5 done beofre the glue gets too tacky. I have made a few hundred for friends weddings, but I initially made these little gems to put on Thank you notes for my own wedding — I printed out the word “Thank” and the word “You” and I put those on to the glass. Then I added in two fun designs on the other two marbles – I bought heavy weight cards, glued the 4 stones in a row on the front of the card with Thank and You in the center. It was a lovely way to send out Thank You notes. I used the little glass stones that had an opaque finish on them once and it was terribly difficult to see the image through the glass – so my word of wisdom is make sure your glass is crystal clear. I love this project! Enjoy!

  • 58 Kristin // Jul 1, 2007 at 5:29 am

    one more thing LOL I used to sell these magnets at a gift shop a few years ago — I made about 2oo of them and brought them to the store on the back of a baking sheet – I sold them 4 for $5. I stopped selling them after I sold about 500 of them, because I realized that between the price of the magnets and the stones and the hundreds of hours of time involved to make so many – that I wasn’t really making any money. Of course, the best of the best magnets are all on my fridge :) so that was truly the best reward LOL

  • 59 susann // Jul 3, 2007 at 2:59 am

    finaly got something to do! and it`s alsow

  • 60 Jay // Jul 3, 2007 at 4:07 pm

    Love it! I’m so excited to start this project…ideas just keep on coming. Can’t wait to have my hands full. Thanks!!!

  • 61 Rilla // Jul 6, 2007 at 4:45 am

    I got the Wilsons mint containers from Michael’s….30 for $20 but the magnets don’t stick to the metal for some reason. Any ideas? (these are supposed to be wedding favors too!)

  • 62 aubri // Jul 8, 2007 at 6:04 am

    You can get the tin containers at

  • 63 shana // Jul 12, 2007 at 12:33 pm

    Wow!! I just “stumbleupon” your site today and I love it. The title of your site is Fantastic too. I will be adding this site as a favorite and coming back often.

    Keep up the good work!!

    Shana Albert

  • 64 Jessica // Jul 18, 2007 at 11:33 am

    Does the silicone adhesive usually take a while to dry? I go mine at a hardware store for sinks and such, is this the right material?

  • 65 Bobbie // Jul 19, 2007 at 1:08 pm

    Wow, the magnets look terrific! I was looking for a good DIY photo gift idea for my mom, and these will be perfect!

  • 66 amy // Jul 21, 2007 at 12:05 am

    Im making these for my sons cubscout fundraiser,what should I price them at?

  • 67 Sylahta // Jul 27, 2007 at 4:21 am

    Oh I love the idea of making marble magnets. I’m going to help our kids make them for christmas gifts. It will be awsome! thanks for the idea!

  • 68 rhonda price // Jul 27, 2007 at 4:29 am

    This is a great idea for my cheerleadrs! fundraiser and school spirit. THANKS!!!

  • 69 Kate // Jul 29, 2007 at 7:34 am

    I tried making these and I love them! I think I will use these for Christmas presents next year. I have found that the bold patterns with distinct lines look better than indistinct patterns. Thanks for the idea!

  • 70 row. // Jul 31, 2007 at 11:29 pm

    Love these-just made my first one, bought clear flat bottom marbles at the dollar store and other stuff at home depot. so far so good. but I’m wonering if the cabochons on site are more clear?

  • 71 Mana // Aug 1, 2007 at 10:04 am

    Ah! These are so cute! Can’t wait to try it!!!

  • 72 Suray - Suray's Words - SurayBlog // Aug 2, 2007 at 5:29 pm

    Very creative, you can make it up as your business :D

  • 73 Jennifer // Aug 10, 2007 at 4:20 am

    I made a bunch of magnets like this, maybe 4 years ago, but the magnets I used weren’t strong enough. They stick on the fridge, but you can’t hold anything up with them– they just slide down the fridge! These are cute… I may just try again…

  • 74 Sarah // Aug 12, 2007 at 9:46 am

    I’d been thinking about trying these magnets for a while when I found your destructions – PERFECT! And I wholeheartedly agree that the best part is smooshing down the marble onto the silicone…such satisfaction!! I love the idea of the altoids tin for selling sets, and I’m going to head to that website to order some. Viva the not so crafty!!

  • 75 Catherine // Aug 15, 2007 at 6:56 pm

    I am also OBSESSED with marble magnets. I’ve made a business and a charity shop out of it! If you want to see my magnets or get pricing ideas, see here: or

    Great tutorial by the way!

  • 76 Audrey, G. // Aug 20, 2007 at 2:37 pm

    I made my first set of these, using scrapbook papers. I was a bit disappointed because after the glue dried, I could see some of the black magnet thru the white on the paper. The white didn’t look “as white”. KWIM? I will try again……….

  • 77 Deborah M. // Aug 20, 2007 at 11:48 pm

    This is a cute idea — but please keep these and any small, strong magnets away from kids under 3, whether yours or any who might visit! Kids have been seriously injured when they swallowed 2 or more strong magnets (intestinal perforation), and these look yummy — possibly irresistible to young ones — and probably feel good in their mouths because of the smooth glass.

  • 78 Miss S // Aug 29, 2007 at 1:51 pm

    I have been planning on making these for months now. Thanks for the tips – when I finally do them they will turn out much better because of you.
    Miss S

  • 79 Fiona // Aug 30, 2007 at 12:58 am

    Have just used stumbleupon and found your site and LOVE the magnets idea! Cannot wait to get started – as I am in Australia I don’t know of any of the products you’ve mentioned but I’m sure I’ll find similar stuff in a craft store somewhere. My 8 year old and I are going to do these for Xmas presents for his friends at school. SUCH A COOL IDEA! Love the name of your site too..Cheers,

  • 80 catherine // Sep 2, 2007 at 8:32 pm

    Thank you sooo much for these directions! I made them and put them up on my locker… I got so many compliments!

  • 81 Chloe // Sep 6, 2007 at 6:33 am

    love the idea but any ideas where to get those marbles??? sob.. really wish to get them..

  • 82 Jess // Sep 6, 2007 at 5:44 pm

    Such a great idea!! I’m inspired and I can’t wait to get started. Thank you for sharing this tutorial with us! It would be fun to make some slightly larger, square shaped magnets too but I have no clue where to find flat, square, acrylic topper things. Any ideas?

  • 83 Jess // Sep 7, 2007 at 2:31 pm

    Scrapbooking paper works great. Lots of fun pictures and patterns to choose from

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  • 86 Crystal- aka Suzie ;) // Sep 14, 2007 at 2:11 pm

    I am loving these! I think I will amke some for an upcoming craft fair.

  • 87 Jennifer // Sep 14, 2007 at 2:54 pm

    Thank you for this step-by-step. I tried them. My 1st have not turned out as I wished. Could not find the glue. The glue that the cashier reccommeded bubbles and takes forever to dry (if it ever will). I have made a set of Apple theme. My mother-in-laws kitchen is that theme. I printed the pics from my computer right on to cardstack paper. This saved a step. I used the small marbles. I bought large ones but have been uncessful in finding magnets to fit. I want the magnet to fit the whole bottom. My craft punchers too where slightly off in size.

    I plan to do these as x-mas gifts this year. I hope to find the tins at a great price.

  • 88 Trel // Sep 15, 2007 at 8:28 am

    I can’t wait to get started!Thanks so much for a fun-to-read, “real” article.

  • 89 Christine // Sep 20, 2007 at 2:29 pm

    I’ve made these too for christmas presents. So much fun except I needed a little more powerful of a magnet. Nice job!

  • 90 Chris // Sep 30, 2007 at 9:31 am

    Thanks for the silicon glue suggestion for marble repair – it seems like it would work like a charm.


  • 91 Christina // Sep 30, 2007 at 7:57 pm

    I make these all the time! I saw these kinds of magnets at a local record store and decided I can make them myself, so I did. I use pictures from ANY and ALL types of magazines.

  • 92 Michelle // Oct 3, 2007 at 8:23 pm

    Great idea, I wonder if you could make buttons and broaches this way. I think it should be possible especially if they are only decorative.

    I might just try it!


  • 93 Ness Wytcherley // Oct 4, 2007 at 11:08 am

    Hi! I just started doing this neat trick a couple of weeks ago. I found this page browsing the web to look for glass gems at wholesale prices! When I started I had never had any instruction so I just guessed on every step. I made over one hundred of these in 3 hours! I used my old scrapbook magazines that were just sitting around. I tore all of the pages out and made a stack of the pages. Then I put a blob of Mod Podge Gloss-lustre in a bowl. It is a glue, finish and sealer all in one also great for decoupage. Then I put all of my gems into separate containers for my small and Jumbo stones. I placed a small stack of newspaper in front of me, then started. I took the first page put it on my newspaper and used my stones to look for images. Once I found one or more i took a flat paint brush dipped it into my glue and painted a little glue over the image. I then pressed the stone over the image squishing the tiny bubbles out. I liked that the newspaper gave a little because it made the image curve a little around the edges. Once every image I wanted was covered with a stone on that page I just took the whole page and set it aside to dry. I even stacked the pages with pebbles and all on top of each-other to save space. When I had gone through the whole magazine this way, I reversed my stack because I knew the ones at the bottom would be dry since I used a sparing amount of glue. I then cut the marbles right off of the page with the imaged glued and intact on the backside! It was easy and perfect. Then I took my hot glue gun and placed a tiny amount of hot glue on the back of the paper covered side of the gem pushed my magnet over it and presto! It was super easy super fast and no mess, no sticky fingers! Today those magnets are still perfect. Thanks for letting me share my method!

  • 94 Kari J // Oct 5, 2007 at 11:02 am

    Oh, my gosh, I’m at work and I can hardly wait to get out to stop at Michaels on the way home!!! Since I got a couple of these cool magnets I’ve wanted to make some myself, and no luck finding the clear tops! Thanks very much for all the tips and ideas. (Michaels should thank you too!)

  • 95 Jennifer // Oct 11, 2007 at 2:35 pm

    I have been making these for my co-workers as little Christmas gifts. I find that leftover Christmas cards work really well here – just cut out different parts of the cards and you have a Christmas theme.

  • 96 Lisa Tetzlaff // Oct 13, 2007 at 11:19 am

    I wanted to make some really neat magnets with my nature images that I capture-figured I give this a try.
    I tried using E-6000 clear craft adhesive but when it dried it left bubbles on the image. I’m going to try using Jewel It glue…Let you know how that goes.

  • 97 stefy // Oct 17, 2007 at 8:41 pm

    Awesome!! you should visit you are really creative!! thanks for the ideas!!!

  • 98 Catherine // Oct 18, 2007 at 4:36 am

    Hi everyone! Is the silicone glue toxic? I’ve been using E6000, but that won’t work anymore now that I’m PREGNANT!!! Yippeee!

  • 99 SparkleMirror // Oct 19, 2007 at 2:58 pm

    What a great tutorial… Been around for quite a while, I see — an immortal little ditty. Thanks Anti Martha!

  • 100 Lisa // Oct 22, 2007 at 4:48 pm

    The first glue I tried was E6000 very toxic fumes and when it dried it left bubbles on the images. I recently tried Jewel It, the glue did not stick to the image very well and didn’t dry as clear. I’m not sure what I will try next-any suggestions? I really want to find something that works well for photos. I need to find something soon as I want to give these for Christmas gifts to everyone I know!

  • 101 Donna // Oct 25, 2007 at 3:48 pm

    I read somewhere to use silicone sealer. maybe try that.

  • 102 Cookiemomster // Oct 27, 2007 at 7:36 pm

    Oh, these are too cute! What a great idea for my 12 yr. old to make for Christmas gifts, we’re always looking for homemade things to do.

  • 103 Hellga // Nov 7, 2007 at 2:21 pm

    i just made these, minus the magnet part (so for now they’re just pretty little marbles) and i used Aleene’s Flexible-Stretchable fabric glue, and it worked wonderfully! filled in all of the little crevices on the bottom of the marble, and held the paper on really well, and the excess that squeezes out the sides just peels right off, cause it’s a rubbery glue!

    i’m so excited about making more of these…i need to go actually buy supplies, though :-D

  • 104 Danielle // Nov 10, 2007 at 3:37 pm

    These are great! Shame I cant make them though. I dont know where to get the stuff in the UK.

  • 105 sjhosie // Nov 10, 2007 at 6:48 pm

    I think these are awesome christmas gifts and I think your site is sooooo great! I check up on it every day. thank-you for taking the time to keep us crafting! lol!

  • 106 meila // Nov 11, 2007 at 2:11 am

    I got so excited when I saw this idea but had real trouble finding the round marbles but instead found big square clear ones…they actually look quite funky as the picture distorts alot.

    Great gift idea!! thankyou!

  • 107 Lori // Nov 14, 2007 at 5:49 am

    Your magnets are great! I love them.

  • 108 Melanie // Nov 20, 2007 at 6:41 pm

    These are really fun and impressive as heck to give as gifts. The only thing I’m wondering about now is how to get the magnets to stick to their tins instead of one another. Any ideas?

  • 109 crafty nature // Nov 21, 2007 at 5:35 pm

    how interesting those are

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  • 111 towngy // Nov 27, 2007 at 12:26 am

    Thanks for cool ideas here

  • 112 Jen // Nov 27, 2007 at 5:24 pm

    I really want to make these for Christmas presents but I can’t find the silicone sealer. It isn’t at Micheal’s or AC Moore. Are there any suggestions for another type of glue? Please.

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  • 114 Jennifer // Nov 30, 2007 at 7:08 pm

    Oh I have another great idea…keep junk mail for interesting designs or tiny pictures. Ikea just sent some flyer and there are small snowflakes on the front, perfect for Christmas-themed magnets.

  • 115 TKStar // Dec 3, 2007 at 5:59 pm

    Any ideas on how to package these without the tins? I am finding that the tins are a bit expensive. I have seen them on cardstock, but don’t know how to affix them.

    Thanks in advance

  • 116 aubri // Dec 8, 2007 at 1:35 am

    You can also get the tins on

  • 117 Cathy // Dec 8, 2007 at 7:52 am

    TKStar. Why not try the magnetic paint on a thin piece of wood. Not sure if it would work on card stock. I know you can get the paint at home improvement stores.

  • 118 Sally // Dec 10, 2007 at 10:25 am

    I tried my hand at making some of these magnets and found them to be a lot of fun! I used some of my own photos for the pictures and then I tried using some cute stickers I found at Michaels. The stickers were just the right size and worked great. I used both metalic smiley faces and metalic daisy smiley faces but there were lots of other small stickers you could try including all sorts of alphabet stickers that I plan to try next.

  • 119 Heather // Dec 10, 2007 at 2:01 pm

    When I “stumbledupon” this site I was so excited. These look so fun to make, I bought my supplies yesterday and will be making some tomorrow. Michaels even had lil Christmas gift boxes for $1 that I will put them in to give as gifts. Thanks for the instructions and gift idea!

  • 120 Webster12 // Dec 10, 2007 at 6:37 pm

    very cool!

  • 121 Candace // Dec 10, 2007 at 6:52 pm

    are you selling yours?

  • 122 Peggy // Dec 16, 2007 at 4:25 pm

    I made these for teacher Christmas gifts with great success! I scoured old magazines for patterns and pretty images. The ones with greater contrast in the images work best if you use the vase marbles. I tried both the silicone glue and the JewelIt glue to compare, and the JewelIt is far superior. It tries firm and fast with no “give.” I was able to pry the marble from the magnet with the silicone glue so it wasn’t as safe or as permanent. JewelIt has some color when first applied but is completely clear when dry and it’s rock solid. I bought magnets, JewelIt and marbles at Michael’s. Michael’s also had little round favor tins that I used for presentation – fits five marble magnets in a circle, and just perfect for gift giving. Thank you so much for the idea!!!

  • 123 Mel // Dec 21, 2007 at 9:59 am

    I feel like my marbles are much more odd-shaped and not as large as yours. They are 3/4″ but the paper still tends to stick out quite a bit on some of the magnets. Where did you get your marbles?

    This is a GREAT project by the way :) LOVE the finished products, am giving lots away as gifts… and keeping some for myself of course.

  • 124 Catherine // Dec 27, 2007 at 6:18 pm

    Hi Everyone! Just wanted to let you know that you can find rare earth magnets for sale on my website now. They are super tiny, super strong magnets that work GREAT behind marble magnets. Check them out here:

  • 125 Stephanie // Dec 30, 2007 at 2:09 pm

    Ditto – mine are 3/4″ and stick out a bit but were still well received. The only SILLY thing is I didn’t realize magnets were … one-sided. So half of mine ended up not working. :(

  • 126 Spoonman // Jan 2, 2008 at 1:06 pm

    Nice idea,i loved, i goin to make some.

  • 127 rachel // Jan 5, 2008 at 6:55 pm

    hey just wondering if i was going to make these into pendants, what would you guys and gals suggest to seal the back of them? any suggestions are greatly appreciated :)

    Rachel xoxo

  • 128 aggie // Jan 11, 2008 at 11:09 am

    Totally awesome!!! Thank you! I will make them tomorrow! Wonderful, wonderful thing!

  • 129 Connie // Jan 11, 2008 at 8:13 pm

    You may not be Martha but you sure are _very_ talented at delineating and presenting a craft project (marble magnets) flawlessly. Your writing (even your jokes) and photos are top-notch. Thank you for the gift of sharing your knowledge, and doing it as well as anyone can possibly do it!!! Connie in RI

  • 130 debi // Jan 17, 2008 at 1:01 pm

    we tried aquarium silicone and it worked great!

  • 131 Darla // Jan 24, 2008 at 10:56 pm

    I have a question. How do you get your pictures small to make them fit for the magnets. thanks

  • 132 megan // Jan 25, 2008 at 9:03 am

    Darla – I found all the images in magazines, it was harder than I thought. I looked at ads, and those pages where they spread out a bunch of stuff, some are taken from pictures of pillows. Best of luck!

  • 133 Darla // Jan 25, 2008 at 6:51 pm

    Thanks Megan for the comment back.Have you tried to do home pictures of family members.Just wondering how to make them smaller to put on the glass.

  • 134 Julie // Jan 29, 2008 at 2:00 pm

    Hey there, I love this idea thanks for posting! I made a bunch of them for my sisters and mom for Christmas and they loved them. I used Google image search to make some of them and this way i could make the pics the size I wanted on a page in a Word document. I have pictures of some of the ones I made on my blog at:

  • 135 Julie // Jan 29, 2008 at 2:03 pm

    Oops sorry guys, I don’t think the link liked the period at the end. Here we go again…

  • 136 Morgan // Jan 31, 2008 at 1:22 pm

    I’ve found that regular super glue works much better than any other glue I’ve used. Obviously, it dries faster and there are no bubbles. Plus, you only have to use a drop, and you don’t have to spread it around. Also, you can get the marbles at dollar stores for much cheaper.

  • 137 Michelle // Feb 1, 2008 at 3:53 am

    I love these magnets! They’re so cute, I can’t wait to go buy my supplies and start making them too! I have tons of magazines that cutouts waiting to be used. :)

  • 138 krista // Feb 1, 2008 at 1:03 pm

    I highly recommend Mighty Buttons for the magnets… they are STRONG and won’t fail you~

  • 139 marilyn // Feb 6, 2008 at 2:02 pm

    Your instructions and pictures were wonderful. I was at rug hooking yesterday asking for instructions on making magnets and one of the women sent me your site. Very helpful!!! I appreciate your attention to detail. Thank you

  • 140 Karen // Feb 9, 2008 at 4:02 pm

    Just love making these magnets. I use Aleene’s Glass and Bead adhesive found at Michael’s. It works just great.
    My only problem is that the marbles seem to have a sort of irridescence that make a glare and some pictures don’t show thru very well. Do I need different marbles?

  • 141 taylor // Feb 9, 2008 at 7:51 pm

    i went to michael’s but couldn’t find the large size marbles. where else can i get it????

    i use miracle podge to adhere and it works well but on the safe side, i use crazy glue for putting on the magnets.

    my friends love it…


    BTW, i see this blog about unique handmade gifts and there’re some great free ideas too!!!

  • 142 Margo // Feb 13, 2008 at 3:33 pm

    Thanks for the crafting idea! I can’t wait to try it!! And thanks everyone for comments and additional ideas.

  • 143 Karen // Feb 14, 2008 at 11:33 am

    I found the big marbles at my local Dollar Tree store. They also had small ones but they weren’t very round.
    Still wondering how anyone has solved the problem of the glarey irredescence on the marbles. Or am I just crazy?

  • 144 Bridget // Feb 28, 2008 at 1:32 pm

    I found a 3/4 inch circle punch, but I’m having a hard time finding a 1/2 inch circle punch. I’m not the best at cutting circles >_> Any suggestions?

  • 145 Jenny // Feb 29, 2008 at 6:50 pm

    You can also buy blank tins in many styles at Oriental Trading Co, too. Thanks for sharing! Craft on, Jenny

  • 146 Sue // Mar 1, 2008 at 10:52 am

    The irredescence on the marbles make my pictures hard to see =( I haven’t seen any marbles that are completely clear. I enjoyed making them and want to make more but I was disappointed with the results due to the irredescence.

  • 147 Bridget // Mar 2, 2008 at 8:44 am

    I just had to share this! Thanks for the response. I also found awesome supplies at (magnets, 1/2in and 3/4in), createforless (circle punches, even 1/2in!), and Walmart of all places for the marbles! I bought a 2 lb bag of ‘em for $1.88 and the bag contains just over 200 of the lil suckers! I also found at colored marbles.. I bet they’d look lovely with b/w images. Ooh, must make’m now!

  • 148 Rhyah // Mar 3, 2008 at 5:09 pm

    These are too cute! I’m thinking they might be my next addiction! Thanks for the great post! :)

  • 149 Alexa // Mar 9, 2008 at 6:48 pm

    I also very much love this one! I am definitely going out to buy the supplies ASAP!

  • 150 juan // Mar 15, 2008 at 9:17 pm

    thankyou so much, i have recently became interested in making magnet art for fun and profit this is a beutiful site with great resourceful people. thanks to all.

  • 151 Sosia // Mar 24, 2008 at 2:48 pm

    What a great post! I bought all the supplies months ago and finally did it this week. So fun! So easy! So strangely satisfying to smoosh the glue!

  • 152 Emac // Mar 31, 2008 at 12:47 pm

    Can i SELL THESE

  • 153 Dramatic Impact // Apr 1, 2008 at 12:27 pm

    Great idea! I love it! Can’t wait to give it a try!

  • 154 Claudia // Apr 16, 2008 at 6:04 am


    interesting post!! please, can you tell me if i can buy this glue online???

  • 155 megan // Apr 16, 2008 at 7:39 am

    Claudia – As far as I know they’ve stopped making this glue. The normal craft glue, or E-6000, or even Elmer’s will work just fine.

  • 156 Maddie B. the Preteen // Apr 16, 2008 at 2:29 pm

    This helped me BIG TIME on a school project. Love ya!

  • 157 Catherine // Apr 19, 2008 at 10:27 am

    Hi Everyone! I am SO addicted to marble magnets. If you’re still using the clunky magnets from the craft store, check out these sleek rare earth magnets that I’m using. They’re much better and very strong! Check them out here:

  • 158 Isabel // Apr 21, 2008 at 2:01 pm

    I can’t wait to try this tonight. I think I’m going to make some with pictures of my kid, and give them to my mom for Mother’s Day!!

  • 159 Cinthia // May 1, 2008 at 7:09 pm

    These are too cute. I can’t wait to try them. Thank you for your great tips!

  • 160 rampantheart // May 2, 2008 at 5:05 am

    Hi, i came here from Stumble Upon.. Just dropped by to say kudos!Keep the great work going!

  • 161 JB // May 3, 2008 at 7:42 pm

    Thanks for the instructions! I first used a foam brush to apply craft glue (mod podge) on the paper cutout, however I was left with a somewhat cloudy image. I then got E6000 and used a toothpick to place a small amount in the center and pressed the marble onto the cutout as shown above in the photos. The result? A very satisfying crystal clear image! I also found that Archiver’s carries tons of circle punches in all different sizes. Thanks again for the craft ideas!

  • 162 erin // May 3, 2008 at 8:33 pm

    does anyone know where to get the square shaped marbles? i saw some magnets made with them and they are adorable

  • 163 jitendra // May 8, 2008 at 9:02 am


    A good website and some nice pics as well.

  • 164 passionstamper // May 13, 2008 at 5:44 am

    Hi everyone!

    I’ve made these and use the larger clear stones in the floral department. Since I’m a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator, I use our products to make these:

    white or colored 20 lb cardstock
    Rubber stamps for all images & words
    Classic, Craft or StazOn ink pads
    Crystal Effects
    3/4″ circle punch or 1/2″ circle punch
    Stampin’ Write Markers

    I stamp the images with ink onto the cardstock. If the image needs to be colored in, I use the markers or other mediums from our catalog. I use a drop or two of Crystal Effects to adhere the stamped image to the stone (super product that is clear and perfect for this project-only sold by SU through a demonstrator). Then use the CE again to attach the stone to the magnet. Super easy! I also use the tins and decorate them.

    Here is a link to my blog with some samples my daughter and I made for a holiday craft show:

  • 165 Queenie // May 16, 2008 at 3:31 pm

    These are the wedding favors I’ve been a-lookin’ for.

  • 166 Nikki // May 20, 2008 at 1:14 pm

    Could you also use business card magnets that come with an adhesive backing to put the picture on first or are they not strong enough to hold up under the weight of the glass marble??

  • 167 Cindy // May 22, 2008 at 1:05 pm

    I am looking forward to trying this project with my two boys 5 & 11 years old. Normally I wouldnt read a long set of instructions like this but you were so funny that I wanted to ready every bit of your instructions.

    Thanx again,


  • 168 Kerri // May 28, 2008 at 4:04 pm

    Great craft idea! I’m heading to Michaels.

  • 169 Aiko // May 31, 2008 at 8:15 pm

    Thank you! I’m trying to make some magnets for my locker (since I had none last year, and cool-looking magnets have risen to $5 apiece!) and I’m going to try to use my pieces of flair from facebook and make a few. Thanks again for the instructions!


  • 170 lorrwill // Jun 10, 2008 at 3:02 pm

    kewl! kewl! kewl!

  • 171 Amy // Jun 11, 2008 at 9:28 am

    I made these for Christmas presents and they were a huge hit. Thanks!

  • 172 clare // Jun 18, 2008 at 12:27 pm

    Do you (or anyone reading) know where in the UK you can find the plastic flat backed marbles? I can not locate them!

  • 173 beckycookie // Jun 22, 2008 at 4:43 pm

    wow great idea!
    goin to try this tomorrow
    get the kids at it,should keep them amused for awhile

  • 174 misshaight // Jun 23, 2008 at 3:14 pm

    I did this once, but the magnets you used are much better. I took pictures of Carrie and Big from SATC and changed it to grayscale, and sharpened the contrast to look like they were warhol-ized :)

  • 175 Holly // Jul 1, 2008 at 11:34 am

    I am making these to sell at craft fairs and rummage sales to raise money for our adoption! I love making them and your instructions are great. I find that when I use a hole punch, though, I still have to do lots of trimming, since the glass marbles aren’t uniform. I also use cool scrapbook paper and have had really great results. I found some big (1.75 inch) glass pebbles at Ben Franklin craft store. The pebbles at Michael’s are too small.
    Thanks for the advice!

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  • 177 Rose // Jul 8, 2008 at 3:22 am

    these would be a great idea for Christmas gifts for a couple of people I know :)

  • 178 Holly // Jul 8, 2008 at 9:49 am

    I was having a problem finding clear glass marbles that didn’t have the iridescent finish on them and I found TONS of them at the Dollar Store!

  • 179 Brandi // Jul 10, 2008 at 4:33 pm

    Hey guys I love this idea and I am going to do these as pendants… There is like unlimited ideas for this project… So cute! My Dollar Stores dont have these… Any other ideas on where to get this at? And I got quick grip glue… Is this a good idea or bad…

  • 180 Amy // Jul 18, 2008 at 6:50 pm

    These are so cute! Thanks for the demo!

  • 181 Helen // Jul 21, 2008 at 9:49 pm

    In the UK, I found a company called usch’s craft works on e-bay (UK), selling glass pebbles which are flat-backed – it looks also as if flat-backed marbles are sold, not in clear, but peach/pink. Has anyone else in the UK found someone selling flat backed CLEAR marbles – I’d love to know !

  • 182 Helen // Jul 21, 2008 at 9:51 pm

    Thanks so much for all the pictures and hints and tips – absolutely fabulous ! All I need now are pointers for where to buy all this in the UK. I’ll be coming back to not martha again and again !

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  • 186 Kaida // Jul 30, 2008 at 9:34 am

    As you may and SHOULD know, the third eragon book is coming out soon and i was looking for some cool crafts to give out as prizes. and this is just perfect! I’ll show my friends to see what they think.

  • 187 Nikki // Aug 8, 2008 at 6:13 pm

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  • 189 Stephanie // Aug 18, 2008 at 9:47 am

    I just wanted to stop by and thank you for posting this tutorial! These are so fun and easy to make, and the kids can get involved – they love to pick the images.
    I have only had a problem with the magnet showing through after it’s all dried when using thing origami paper. It’s so pretty though. Guess I will back those with card stock.
    I tried to cut corners and buy the marbles from the Dollar Store, but they have an iridescent finish and don’t magnify the images quite as well. Next batch I will have to buy the super clear ones from the craft store (I am too impatient to wait for online deliveries!).
    Thanks again! =D

  • 190 Margie // Aug 21, 2008 at 11:46 am

    Thanks so much for these instructions. I fell in love with these when I came across them on one day, I’ve wanted to make them ever since but wasn’t sure how. As soon as Hurricane Fay decides to leave my area I’m running out to the craft store. Thanks again for the clear step by step instructions.

  • 191 mileyta // Aug 29, 2008 at 7:42 am

    thank you so much i love your amazing ideas you are an insparation

  • 192 daisy // Aug 30, 2008 at 3:29 pm

    don’t know if anyone will ever see this, as this list of comments is soooo long, but you can take same cabochon, and after adding picture, sew a small safety pin to a piece of felt, and then glue that to back of picture, in effect making a lapel pin. Glass acts to magnify pic, thus making lovely little piece of jewelry, especially effective in a grouping…

  • 193 Michelle // Aug 31, 2008 at 3:48 pm

    Stumbled here a while ago and just gave my first set away as a thank you gift. My friend was thrilled by it because it was such a personal gift. Hard to get the bits and pieces in my small country town in Australia, but even with the mismatched size of the marbles and magnets, they look fantastic! Good Job!

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  • 195 Little Bohème // Sep 20, 2008 at 7:44 am

    Waouw, Thanks a lot for this excellent detailed tutorial. I’ll try those this WE.It looks soo nice!
    Thanks again

  • 196 Amy // Sep 21, 2008 at 9:01 pm

    What an awesome tutorial! The sets you’ve done turned out great. Love the Altoids-like tin for giving.

  • 197 Kylie // Sep 30, 2008 at 4:42 pm

    Ahaha I love art & craft.
    Thanks a million it’s so kewwwl :)

  • 198 Jacqui // Sep 30, 2008 at 6:13 pm

    Hi- I recently just discovered this site. I loved this idea but didn’t know what I would use it for. Today while looking at ugly nutritional charts, I used this idea to create a set of magnets to keep track of what we eat instead. I made magnets with pictures of items to represent servings from each food group, made enough to represent daily intake, and now I just move them to the other side of the fridge when we eat a serving. I put pictures on my blog too (

  • 199 Becky // Oct 2, 2008 at 7:59 pm

    I made some magnets tonight; however, I’m not satisfied with them at all. I used those magnetic tip-ons that are on the front of telephone directories, Mod Podge and scrapbooking paper. The images just aren’t clear and look smudged. Plus they slide down the refrigerator. I’ll keep on trying because I just love this idea!

  • 200 // Oct 10, 2008 at 6:11 am

    not martha – to make : marble magnets…

    This is an easy craft with great results. Marble magnets are actually made with floral marbles, the glass marbles that are used to decorate the bottom of vases and to help keep your arrangements straight. I made tons of these for quick and easy gifts…

  • 201 christina // Oct 30, 2008 at 12:15 pm

    I’ve made these type of magnets before and the glue does not hold up, so I used the double sided adhesive sheets instead and it worked a lot better. Plus there’s no waiting for the glue to dry.

  • 202 Katie // Nov 3, 2008 at 10:58 am

    Thank you, thank you, thank you – your instructions were spot-on! These will make fantastic holiday gifts!

  • 203 Jenni // Nov 13, 2008 at 9:09 pm

    Thanks for this tutorial! I just made some of these and they are SO cute and fun! I could make hundreds… in fact I know what I’m doing for xmas this year. :)

  • 204 Kelsey // Nov 14, 2008 at 11:35 am

    These are so cute and I have always wondered how to make them! I was searching for the marbles and they are specifically called “decorative glass gems” or “vase gems” and the website i (hopefully) linked to has many colors and sizes, which would be great for all kinds of projects, in addition to the clear, not quite 3/4″ flat back marbles. I haven’t tried them yet but am going to! Thanks for the instructions and suggestions!
    The site is:

  • 205 Kelsey // Nov 14, 2008 at 11:50 am

    Actually, this site has better marbles in 52 colors and many many sizes! check it out.

  • 206 Petra // Nov 16, 2008 at 8:05 am

    I used JudiKins “Diamond Glaze” glue which worked great with the Rare Earth magnets and acrylic cabochons. You can use the diamond glaze to laquer a picture to a mint tin for a shiny,professional look! I found my supplies on , you can find square or even pink or frosted marbles to experiment with. I’m still trying to find 1 or 1.5 inch flat-backed marbles. Oh, cardstock works great with inkjet printed images. I used the free program Gimp 2 to get me started. BTW, acrylic/plastic cabochons magnify the image more than glass marbles, so for 1 inch cabs,the image has to be about 3/4 inch size. Im not very crafty but this is fun and addictive…its a big hit as office gifts since you can really personalize each one! :)

  • 207 rosemary // Nov 16, 2008 at 9:23 am

    these are so cool

  • 208 julie // Nov 16, 2008 at 1:19 pm

    Thanks for the great idea and detailed, easy to follow instructions! I am really excited to try this!:)

  • 209 katrina // Nov 16, 2008 at 2:44 pm

    I made these with a class of first graders. Since using magazines was not effective for an entire class (too distracting) I created a page of blank circles to match the size of the marbles, magnets, and circle puncher (all an half inch)on the computer. The students used permanent markers to make a design, pattern, or write a word or two and punched them out. Permanent markers like Sharpie brand will not smear or smudge. They were mother’s day gifts. We mounted 5 of these on a large metal washer and wrapped them. The tins were not available (reasonably) for a class set. The gifts were personalized and a BIG hit! For adults, lots of brochures that are in the free give away sections at tourist spots contain a vast number of small pictures that are perfect for this project.

  • 210 Ali // Nov 17, 2008 at 5:32 am

    Too cool! Love it. Thanks for sharing.

  • 211 Rolande (Israel) // Nov 26, 2008 at 4:50 am

    I saw your link on the blog “”.

    What a lovely idea and so easy to make.
    Thanks a lot,

  • 212 Rachel // Dec 2, 2008 at 11:52 pm

    I’m amazed no one has suggested this yet : if you use marbles and want to neaten up the edges, or just add a decorative touch, glue ribbons (about 5mm or 5/16″) around the outside! It can be a really nice touch.

  • 213 Linda // Dec 5, 2008 at 3:25 pm

    What a great idea and right in time for little Christmas gifts. Almost everyone I know love the fridge magnets and homemade is BETTER. Thanks to everyone else for updates and places to get supplies.

  • 214 ida // Dec 8, 2008 at 8:03 am

    Just wanted to say Thank You!! I’m from Romania and i googled some DIY X-mas ideas i found this! I mean waw! it’s a great idea for gifts…and i have just so many friends who, somehow, expect something from “Santa”. So, again, Thank You so much.

  • 215 katiep // Dec 9, 2008 at 6:24 pm

    I am all ready to make these but can not find the glass beads anywhere! I have looked at craft stores, two-dollar shops, candle-mystic-weird shops… The closest thing I can find is smaller coloured or iridescent (not see-thru) beads.
    I live in Melbourne, any idea, anyone?

  • 216 Mileya // Dec 12, 2008 at 3:32 pm

    Okay, so I’ve been waiting since March for the holidays to get here so I could finally make these. I just knew that mine would not have turned out as great as the ones on the site, BUT THEY DID! They were so easy. And I even found a short cut. Not sure if someone else already figured this out and left a comment about it (there are so many listed), but I used stickers. The ones that come in notebooks, they have pages of dime sized stickers in them. Teachers usually use them for rewards. I got some with butterflies from Michaels and they are adorable, they have a real vintage look to them. You can get all kinds of themes. This has been the best home made gift ever!

  • 217 Mileya // Dec 12, 2008 at 3:35 pm

    Dear Katiep: You can find the marbles at Michaels or Wal-Mart. I got mine at wal-mart. They are in the section with vases and flower arranging items. Also, I purchassed tin containers from wal-mart as well for packaging 30 for $18.98 you can fit 4 magnets in each tin, they have a clear top so you can see the magnets. I could go on and on about this project. Have any more questions. . .post it, I’ll be checking!

  • 218 Mileya // Dec 12, 2008 at 3:38 pm

    Oh yea! One more thing, I copied, pasted, and printed some flair buttons from Facebook that have cute pics and sayings on them. I changed the size to .7 in Microsoft word. This allowed me to individualize some of the magnets.

  • 219 rose // Dec 14, 2008 at 6:28 pm

    where can i get cabochons for marble
    magnets? the glass is at times NOT
    smooth and it blurs the image thanks
    so much for ur help!

  • 220 stacy // Dec 17, 2008 at 10:34 am

    This looks like a great craft!I’m going to try it.Thanks!!

  • 221 Dave // Dec 20, 2008 at 11:03 am

    Nice… :) i think i’m going to try it…

  • 222 Jennifer // Dec 20, 2008 at 11:50 am

    going to try today…will let you all know how they turned out!

  • 223 Monica // Jan 1, 2009 at 9:42 am

    I made these as thank you gifts for the guests at my wedding. I used small icons that I cut out from the wedding magazines I had collected. I made four small magnates and then one slightly larger one that had a picture of my husband and me. Each guest got different magnates in a tin box that I painted the wedding colors. It was a great gift for them and a great craft for me to do while dealing with the stress of the wedding. They were perfect.

  • 224 Angela // Jan 5, 2009 at 11:26 am

    Awesome I love it! Can’t wait to make some.

  • 225 Laura // Jan 10, 2009 at 10:54 am

    Just another idea. I made these a couple of years ago at MOPS and we used wallet size or smaller pictures of our kids. It was so fun and now I have cute picture of my kids on the fidge! Grandparents loved them too.

  • 226 Linda // Jan 14, 2009 at 10:36 am

    I have been making these BUT have found it hard to find BUBBLE FREE glass could someone PLEASE tell me where to find them?

  • 227 Catherine // Jan 19, 2009 at 12:01 pm

    So glad that people have been contacting me because of my comments here! I still *LOVE* marble magnets. I’ve been experimenting with custom creations lately at The Purple Pear.

  • 228 novemberdove jan.22,2009 6:00am // Jan 22, 2009 at 12:39 pm

    I love this idea….novemberdove

  • 229 Green Crafter // Jan 26, 2009 at 6:46 am

    I love that use the tins to package them. What a great idea for reusing tins and magazines and magnets…

  • 230 Anne // Feb 10, 2009 at 9:51 pm

    Made these for Christmas presents this year (we decided not to buy gifts this year but making things was okay). Had a magnet making party with my teenage niece. We had fun personalizing them. Thanks for a wonderful gift idea in a year of being frugal and thoughtful.

  • 231 Lesley // Feb 15, 2009 at 10:07 am

    What a fantastic idea. I shall be making them next week and giving them as lovely gifts. Thanks for publishing the idea.

  • 232 Renée // Feb 15, 2009 at 1:21 pm

    I’m trying to make some magnets to sell for my charity. I am taking photos are several of our rescue dogs and cutting them down to use. The problem is, I’m not sure what type of paper to use. I’ve done a test with card stock, regular paper, and photo glossy paper. The regular paper bleeds through to the magnet. The card stock looks a little better. The glossy photo paper looks the best, but it’s not trying as fast. Does anyone know how well the Jewel-It glue works over photo paper? That is, after 24 hours does the photo paper stay stuck to the magnet and the marble pretty good using this glue?

  • 233 Jean // Feb 17, 2009 at 9:33 am

    I don’t quite like that the marbles are 1) not all uniform in shape, and 2) have defects like ripples and cracks in them. I bought a couple packages of marbles and only a handful out of the package are the right size and without flaws. So, I tried out the cabochons and they are great! The image gets magnified more than usual, but that just meant that I used smaller images or shrank them down.

  • 234 rebecca // Feb 19, 2009 at 9:16 am

    A few years back, I made a bunch of these for a christmas party my theater company threw – so everyone could walk away with a small gift (whether or not they participated in the grab bag…actors…lots of them are broke) and I didn’t have to go broke by making them!

    This week, I was trying to think of a cool party favor for a baby shower…that wasn’t baby-focused.

    Suddenly, I remembered these.

    Thanks again, Megan!

  • 235 mew // Feb 25, 2009 at 4:24 pm

    I was looking for something like this. I had all the stuff, except the glue and the instructions! I love the images, and the descriptions. Very helpful. I Cant wait to make these! I smell cheap and meaningful Christmas presents!

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  • 238 Janeen // Mar 8, 2009 at 10:51 pm

    where do you find the big floral marbles?

  • 239 Liane // Mar 14, 2009 at 4:51 pm

    Great directions! Thanks so much….by the way…does the silcone glue ever “yellow” the photo underneath?


  • 240 Jennifer // Mar 18, 2009 at 5:08 pm

    I just ordered magnets from this site (and it happens to be local for me!!):

    They sell all sorts of magnets, and super-cheaply when you buy a bunch of them. I just bought 30 discs (nice so the magnets won’t stick way out) for just under 18 cents apiece. They have very tiny magnets all the way up to HUGE.
    This is a great craft…am going to make some to give for favors at my breast cancer ladies’ luncheon next week.

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  • 242 Linda // Mar 20, 2009 at 10:47 am

    I’m looking for quarter size (round) shape glass, does anyone know where I can buy some?

  • 243 Murray // Mar 23, 2009 at 7:09 am

    I am just grateful that there are folks like you who share the techniques and ideas. Surely this is a classic gift. Streams of comments flow since 2006! And I am 3 years behind them all. Can’t wait to try. … but could not locate a supplier for such marble in my country Singapore.

  • 244 Cynthia // Mar 28, 2009 at 6:32 am

    I’m planning on making these as a birthday gift. I made ‘test’ magnets using a glue I found at the dollar store that said it was a craft and jewel bond. It was very slow to dry (if at all) and it seeped through thinner papers. Some of them turned out pretty well though, especially the ones I cut from X-mas cards (bold snowflake shapes). I bought a big bag of the marbles from Walmart. Not all of the marbles are completely clear though, so it’s always a good idea to put it over your picture to see how it looks first. I guess I’m off to buy a better glue. BTW, I bought a pack of magnets from a chain of art stores called DeSerres. They are called magnetic discs and made by a company celled BasicGrey ( They claim to be “seriously strong”. They are very thin so I really hope it holds up well. If it works, it would be a nice alternative for those of you who don’t like the look of the thick magnet.

  • 245 Melissa // Mar 28, 2009 at 8:39 pm

    I made these for family Christmas gifts last year and they were a huge hit. Super easy to make… and if you make the larger kind and use a craft punch to cut out your pix, all the better!
    Great tutorial! Will make them again!

  • 246 Rebecca // Apr 6, 2009 at 6:25 am

    Me and my six year old Had so much fun.We made gifts for both grandmas for mother’s day.We loved it!

  • 247 Jess // Apr 6, 2009 at 1:30 pm

    I am making a set of five of these for each of my 300 wedding guests. (And yes, I know I’m insane.) I found clear, plastic cabochons at Koyal Wholesale. 6000 pieces for under $130 including shipping. Here’s the link:

    Take a look around while you’re there. They have all kinds of great, bulk items for weddings.

  • 248 Dianna // Apr 24, 2009 at 7:12 am

    I made these with pictures of all the grandkids for my mom to put on the fridge as a small family album. Was a great Christmas gift!!

  • 249 Chris // Apr 29, 2009 at 8:43 pm

    I made a bunch of these for a garden party only I painted the images on by hand then glued a backing and magnet.

    I know OCD

  • 250 Karen // May 1, 2009 at 12:22 pm

    I can’t wait to make some of these. I tried to print out your instructions and got a page of comments. What happened there?

  • 251 Karen // May 8, 2009 at 11:13 pm

    I went to Michaels and the only marbles they had were a mixed bag and they had an odd sheen to them. They went back and I got some at JoAnn fabrics and they seem to be more clear. I looked for the glue with no luck and a girl there suggested hodge podge. Nope. Did not work! I finally found some silicon sealer and it works perfectly. Making some for Mom for mother’s day. thank-you!

  • 252 Trenda Poulter // May 9, 2009 at 10:13 am

    I tried making these with pics. of family members for my mom for mother’s day. I wasn’t sure if I should print them on photo paper or regular printing paper. I did both . . . and they are both pretty blurry. Is this normal or do you think a different kind of glue would help this. I used “Jewel It”.

  • 253 Joy D // May 13, 2009 at 9:37 am

    Here’s a glue that some have had success with…

    I found some great clear and flat sided marbles at Hobby Lobby.

  • 254 Angie // May 17, 2009 at 9:47 am

    I love this idea. Can’t wait to try it!

  • 255 Nikolay // May 20, 2009 at 12:59 pm

    This is just great. Thinking out of the box, will give it a try for sure!

  • 256 Tracy // May 25, 2009 at 12:50 pm

    Love this, will have to make some with the kids!

  • 257 Shannon Kish // May 25, 2009 at 6:05 pm

    Awesome tutorial! So very informative. I love that you updated as you discovered new things. Thank you so much for sharing!

  • 258 sir jorge // May 29, 2009 at 1:50 pm

    great tutorial

  • 259 sir jorge // Jun 8, 2009 at 8:01 pm

    i had my doubts, but this is really easy

  • 260 Kate // Jun 15, 2009 at 10:24 am

    on the tap plastics website it says the cabochons are not flat but they look flat in your picture. are they flat because i want to order some and want to make sure. the marbles i found at crafts store are not clear enough and you can’t see the picture very well

  • 261 Pam // Jun 19, 2009 at 8:00 am

    This is such a great craft project. I did it with the kids I was baby-sitting for and they loved it! They were able to make gifts for their friends and family. It was a cheap and easy project and they were able to put their personalities into it. Their parents loved it!

  • 262 Judy // Jun 24, 2009 at 4:35 am

    What a great idea!! I like to make things that are simple and look wonderful. The crafts I make are very time consuming, so this is a very refreshing idea. Thanks!!

  • 263 Jane // Jul 8, 2009 at 4:44 pm

    This is such a great gift idea, and I liked your casual yet detailed instructions. I know a few aunts and uncles that I’ll be passing this idea onto.

  • 264 charm // Jul 10, 2009 at 9:54 pm

    can i get the half marbles from any craft store?

  • 265 Kadira // Jul 17, 2009 at 11:19 pm

    You can get really great glass circles on . Do a search for “glass circles” or “glass marbles” under supplies…”Crafty “Dragonfly” is the name of a seller with great glass with little to no bubbles and in a variety of sizes. There are other good sellers too.

  • 266 giarte // Aug 3, 2009 at 12:17 pm

    those look great! I like this idea.
    I wouldn’t bother with the white backing for the magazine photos. The dark magnet is probably helping to keep the image on the other side of the flimsy magazine paper from showing through.
    To see what i mean, lay a magazine page over a plain white sheet of paper.

  • 267 Christy // Aug 8, 2009 at 7:43 am

    Awesome magnets & post! I especially love all the feedback that people left with links to products they suggest. Very helpful!!

    Here are a few of the magnets that I have made:

  • 268 Emily // Aug 8, 2009 at 12:12 pm

    thank you SOOOO much for this post!!!!! I LOVE making crafts and this easy, charming project looks like something I’ll tackle asap ^-^
    p.s. I “stumbled” upon this post :)

  • 269 emily // Aug 12, 2009 at 9:26 am

    awwww thier soooo cute thier going to make a perfect 4-H craft

  • 270 Harriet // Aug 26, 2009 at 7:31 am

    I just saw a bathroom makeover in a magazine where one wall had these cabachons and the jewels encrusted upon it. A modern and glitzy bathroom–it was very pretty in its own way though it wouldn’t fit in my traditional home.

  • 271 carol@jandofabrics // Sep 1, 2009 at 7:22 am

    These are absolutely adorable, I apologize but didn’t have the time to scroll through all the responses. Has anyone tried using fabric instead of paper?? Since I work in a fabric store of course I MuSt TrY using fabric :)
    LOVE THIS!!!!!

  • 272 eco.decoradora // Sep 4, 2009 at 3:57 pm

    loved them!

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  • 277 judy // Oct 17, 2009 at 7:53 am

    This is a great roject to do with my nieces and nephews.

    Thanks for posting

  • 278 Grisel // Oct 17, 2009 at 1:20 pm

    I saw these magnets types of magnets at a local craft fair and they were beautiful. I would like to make my own but have not been able to find a place that sells the clear marbles. I’ve tried the local stores here in NY but no luck and the marbles sold in craft stores are not clear. Where would I be able to buy the marbles.Do u know of any websites that might sell them. thanks.

  • 279 Nichol Fraser // Oct 19, 2009 at 3:12 pm

    I am classroom mom for my son. Would make a great teacher gift! Thanks for the idea!

  • 280 Michelle // Oct 25, 2009 at 10:20 am

    I’ve bought the marbles at Michaels (craft store) and walmart. The walmart ones were cheaper, but more scratched on the flat side. They are usually near the big glass vases, craft section, or wedding section.

  • 281 Michelle // Oct 25, 2009 at 10:22 am

    OH, I also found the perfect circle cutter at michaels to fit these.. around 3/4 of an inch in size. Near scrapbooking supplies, where all the paper punches are.

  • 282 kirsty // Oct 27, 2009 at 4:27 pm

    also tinted marbles might be an idea to give a colour tone to some pictures if you want. i havet tried it but they might look good

  • 283 kissmo // Nov 1, 2009 at 3:35 am

    Great..I ll try for my son….

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  • 285 Lisa age13 // Nov 19, 2009 at 1:29 pm

    Great idea! This would be a perfect gift to give to my friends for their lockers at school.

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  • 287 krissymo // Nov 25, 2009 at 9:42 am

    this is just what i was looking for, thanks for being so detailed in the instructions and talking about what didn’t work and what did. it really helps!

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  • 289 Jessica // Nov 28, 2009 at 7:52 pm

    My kids and I made these magnets a few years ago, we got the idea from my daughter’s American Girl Room Crafts book. The one thing we did different was, instead of gluing pictures on the bottom, we panted them using acrilic paint. We love them, over the years we’ve given them as gifts, put them on the refrigerator, and just admiered them!

  • 290 Erin in Fredericton // Dec 1, 2009 at 5:14 am

    I have been admiring these style of magnets for years but have never bought any b/c of their “trendy” prices. Couldn’t believe how easy it was to make my own! I couldn’t find the silicone glue and opted for the BeJewel brand from “Michaels” and it works like a dream. My cache of “Wallpaper” design magazines were the perfect source of rich and colourful images for the magnets. I tried to find an economical supplier of hinged tins in my area but failing that task, decided to purchase the round favour tins found in the wedding supply aisle at “Michaels”. It only holds around 5 magnets but the kit comes with white labels that can be printed on. I used my typewriter to write on them and stamped them with a handmade stamp for added “coolness”. Thanks for the great craft idea!!

  • 291 danielle // Dec 1, 2009 at 9:26 am

    i am so inspired and am running to Michael’s tonight to pick up the supplies to make these!!! I’m already browsing through magazines at work to find cool pics!

  • 292 Laura // Dec 6, 2009 at 7:56 pm

    Thank you for this great idea! I found that a basic “dries crystal clear” glue works for this project (couldn’t find anything labeled as “Silicon sealer”). These are SO EASY and so much fun to make!

  • 293 Colleen // Dec 8, 2009 at 4:21 pm

    Love them! Made over a dozen the other day while watching TV! Giving as little Christmas gifts to my girlfriends. Cut up old catalogs from one of my favorite paper stores- The Paper Source. Great textures. Having a holiday girls night with my mom and aunts and we’re going to make tropical vacation themed ones for our “Christmas at the Beach” themed party.

  • 294 Meredith // Dec 10, 2009 at 9:58 am

    This is great! I used Glass & Bead glue and they turned out great. I used a Target holiday catalog and a magazine with toys in it. I used the 5/8″ magnet instead of the 3/4″ and its slightly smaller size made it not stick out from the marble and look really clean.

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  • 303 Carmen // Dec 24, 2009 at 10:02 am

    Brilliant :D I’mdefinitely going to be making some of these – wish I’d spotted this blog in time for Christmas this year, definitely going on the list for presents next year :) Thank you!

  • 304 Robin // Dec 27, 2009 at 12:05 pm

    I just made these for all the women in my family finding pictures that represented their personaility. They all felt that these were one of the best gifts that they received. They were all discussing who had the best magnets.

    Thank you, thank you, thank you for the wonderful gift idea it was a huge hit!

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  • 306 Coley // Jan 3, 2010 at 1:48 pm

    Those magnets are so cool. I also wanted to let you know that you can get those tins you are talking about at Michael’s too. We sell them as gift card tins. But great idea they came out really nice.

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  • 313 Clare // Feb 16, 2010 at 2:23 pm

    Found you via Stumbleupon. I love this DIY idea!

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  • 315 Mallory // Feb 23, 2010 at 9:11 am

    Oh I love these! I have to make these now!

  • 316 Jukebox Joni // Mar 8, 2010 at 11:37 pm

    I have never seen such excellent instructions and photos- you have got it nailed with these little magnets. Its easy but the nuances of a project can make or break a rookies inspiration!

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  • 318 BRENDA // Mar 9, 2010 at 7:35 pm

    We’ve lost several members of our family within the past couple of years. What a great way to pay tribute to them. I haven’t made one YET, and that’s only because I can’t find the clear marbles, but as soon as I do, I intend to give as gifts to my surviving family members.

  • 319 Katie @ Cheep Ideas // Mar 21, 2010 at 2:52 pm

    LOVE THESE!! So bright and pretty! I’ve added these to my DIY Roundup today, and you can grab an “I’ve been featured” badge if you’d like!

    Great idea!! Thanks for sharing!

  • 320 lauralei // Mar 24, 2010 at 1:38 pm

    those are so cute – i never thought of making them into magnets – great idea

  • 321 PaperFlora // Mar 25, 2010 at 12:18 am

    what a great idea

  • 322 Grover // Mar 25, 2010 at 7:48 pm

    Quite clever. Next time I’m in Lee Vally Tools I’ll grab some of those magnets and give it a try.

  • 323 Lesley // Mar 26, 2010 at 3:23 pm

    This is JUST what I’ve been spending the last hour+ online trying to find. Oh my goodness, thank you! I know you made this post years ago but it is so helpful, truly.

    I make art prints and I really would love to expand into offering magnets and possibly pendant necklaces with some of my artwork on them. Thank you again. yay I’m so excited now!

  • 324 Enliven Designs » Blog Archive » Round Embellishments // Apr 5, 2010 at 8:44 am

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  • 325 Easy Bulletin Board Decorating Ideas | Craft Jr. // Apr 8, 2010 at 12:01 pm

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  • 326 Clearly Composed // Apr 24, 2010 at 6:56 pm

    I love when function and beauty combine! This is a must do project for me and custom ones would make darling gifts. :)

  • 327 Sharon // May 3, 2010 at 8:53 am

    Thanks so much for the great tutorial! I made these last night for my daughter’s teacher for teacher appreciation week! Can’t wait to make some more! :)

  • 328 Advent Calendar « c h u n g b a j e e // May 6, 2010 at 4:26 pm

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  • 329 Another Giveaway! « Bathtub Dreamer // May 23, 2010 at 4:31 pm

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  • 330 sajjal // May 31, 2010 at 10:48 pm

    i love to decorate my accessories by my self cause when you are done with this it bring a sweet smile on your face. thanks for sharing your idea and its quite simple and attractive.

  • 331 Kid’s Routine & Chore Chart | // Jun 12, 2010 at 6:32 pm

    […] way it works is that each child gets to make one large marble magnet in a color of his or her choice, and a dozen or so mini magnets in the same color.  Place the Job […]

  • 332 ann // Jun 13, 2010 at 10:08 am

    can I buy the things needed to make these very beautiful magnets online?
    I live in Belgium and don’t know where to buy everything!
    thx a lot

  • 333 madeleine // Jun 16, 2010 at 10:41 pm

    i’m so happy to find this website and learn a lot from you. You ideas are really inspirational. I love your making of marble magnets!!! ^^

  • 334 Tammy @ Not Just Paper and Glue // Jul 8, 2010 at 5:36 am

    These are so cute and so much fun to make!

  • 335 Melanie // Jul 17, 2010 at 8:05 am

    Love these! I came across your site while looking for new craft ideas, I have a show coming up and need to something cute and inexpensive to make. These are perfect!

  • 336 Karilyn // Jul 19, 2010 at 3:28 pm

    What great instructions , I am going to try this. I think this will be fun.

  • 337 Kristi at Spend Less & Save More // Jul 20, 2010 at 3:45 pm

    Love this! I think I will do this for Christmas gifts this year!

  • 338 Creating Kris ~ a young mom blogs… » Blog Archive » Clear Marble Fridge Magnet Creations // Aug 23, 2010 at 7:05 am

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  • 339 137 inexpensive, handmade holiday gift ideas, Part 1 - Craftynest // Aug 25, 2010 at 7:02 am

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  • 340 Filissa // Aug 27, 2010 at 10:00 am

    What a great idea. I was looking for tutorials like this but never found anything before. Finally I can try to make these :)

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  • 343 Emily // Sep 20, 2010 at 9:01 pm

    Hi! I LOVE making these magnets, i end up cutting out my favorite little doodles. However, I have been looking everywhere for pictures clear and little enough to make magnets out of. Where do you get your images from? Thanks!

  • 344 megan // Sep 21, 2010 at 9:39 am

    Emily – I found these images in magazines, Lucky magazine I think. Keep an eye on the smaller ads. One note: magazine paper will turn yellow after about a year, and I suspect so will glue that isn’t labeled as archival. Have fun!

  • 345 Anne // Sep 28, 2010 at 9:30 am

    Our library has magazines that you can take once they’re out of date. It would be a good source for a wide variety of types of images. I’m going to start looking now!! :)

  • 346 Another Tutorial…Marble Magnets · Glass Art @ CraftGossip // Oct 17, 2010 at 9:30 am

    […] pictures and make magnets out of them…something to think about. I found this fun tutorial on not martha, a fun crafty blog. You can use any kind of picture, so the possibilities are endless. And I like […]

  • 347 Kathy // Oct 17, 2010 at 6:27 pm

    I am making these marbles with my teen group as an after school craft next week.

  • 348 Nancy // Oct 18, 2010 at 11:09 am

    I have seen these before and would love to make some myself. I’m thinking of maybe coming up with some cute sayings to use, maybe something to match the person-I’m-giving-it-to’s hobby. In NY you can get the glass at the dollar store or Walmart in the craft section. They are called ‘Glass Globs’ or other names. You can most likely get the magnets there as well. Then you can create a note board to match by covering a sheet pan with a lovely fabric and trim.

  • 349 Lorie // Oct 22, 2010 at 2:27 am

    Wow this is exciting. Thank you for posting. I’m looking for things that my son and my niece can do during the sem break. I hope I can find the materials tomorrow so we can start doing this. Thank you again

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  • 351 jenni // Oct 27, 2010 at 6:23 pm

    awesome, so stoaked to have found these, am going to pop a set of each of these into my home made christmas crackers this year! awesome!

  • 352 Brandi // Oct 31, 2010 at 12:19 am

    I love these! I especially love the altoid box idea! how cute!!

  • 353 Homemade or Not? | Us Girls..Our Views // Nov 2, 2010 at 7:06 pm

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  • 354 Gifts to Make (gift idea series) (WFMW) // Nov 3, 2010 at 4:44 am

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  • 355 Jenn // Nov 7, 2010 at 8:54 pm

    I’m going to try making these for Christmas. I found the following website for reasonably priced tins & fabric organza bags for packaging

  • 356 Carolina // Nov 9, 2010 at 5:32 pm

    They’re stunning! very impressive!


  • 357 Star // Nov 20, 2010 at 5:35 pm

    Wondering if anyone knows where I can purchase cabachons online… for cheap. The ones at Tab Plastic are almost $1.00 each!! Ouch! Thanks!

  • 358 Luane // Nov 26, 2010 at 12:52 pm

    check this site out:

  • 359 12 Days of Christmas Savings: Ten Lords A-Leaping to Make Presents // Dec 2, 2010 at 4:14 pm

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  • 360 Brittany // Dec 2, 2010 at 7:52 pm

    These are so cute! Thanks for sharing.

  • 361 Karen // Dec 20, 2010 at 1:03 am

    Made these for Christmas gifts. They turned out great. Very easy too.

  • 362 Christmas Crafts for Procrastinators | North Coast Gardening // Dec 23, 2010 at 9:23 am

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  • 363 Giddiness and Glue | Sleep Deprived & Fabulous // Dec 24, 2010 at 10:32 pm

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  • 364 12 Handmade Gifts « stylelyssa // Dec 25, 2010 at 4:35 pm

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  • 365 Christmas craftiness – marble magnets « The things we do // Dec 25, 2010 at 9:07 pm

    […] December 26, 2010 Christmas , crafty Leave a Comment I used this tutorial from Not Martha and these were so fun to make. It was hard to find the clear glass gems. Everywhere had sold out […]

  • 366 Laura // Dec 26, 2010 at 1:58 pm

    I made these for Christmas presents this year. Every year I make it a “homemade Christmas” and see what cool new things I can create. My brother’s girlfriend just moved into a new apartment and was the first time she EVER had an apartment by herself. She was super excited and was excited to have a kitchen to herself because she bakes a lot. I created personalized magnets that said “Buckles Kitchen.” (Her nickname) She loved them. I’ve also made many more for others. I used a regular glue stick to glue the design to the glass marble and then 527 apoxy to the glue the magnet to the back. Works great. I know this for sure since they didn’t break or come apart when my 3 year old niece was dropping them on the kitchen floor! :)

  • 367 How To Make Handmade Christmas Cards and Holiday Magnets | My Roman Apartment // Jan 6, 2011 at 7:57 am

    […] To learn how to decoupage paper onto the backs of glass marbles, (or plates or tiles for that matter), check out the excellent tutorial on the craft blog Not Martha. […]

  • 368 2011 Crafting Goals « Eyeballs By Day, Crafts By Night // Jan 9, 2011 at 6:41 pm

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  • 369 Rethinking Christmas « My Life, Captured // Jan 10, 2011 at 7:41 pm

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  • 370 Chantal Vincent // Jan 13, 2011 at 10:47 pm

    These are great. I have a few but now I know how to personalise my own will make more. Thanks for sharing!

  • 371 Charmaine // Jan 15, 2011 at 8:24 pm

    I loved this tutorial! Thanks so much, I made a few for myself and can’t wait to make them as gifts!

  • 372 Anonymous // Jan 16, 2011 at 10:00 am

    This is a genius idea! :D
    I’m going to try it asap :)

  • 373 My Attempt at Marble Magnets…How FUN!!! « Eyeballs By Day, Crafts By Night // Jan 17, 2011 at 8:47 am

    […] but the perfectionist in me feels there could be some improvement. I used the tutorial found at Not Martha, but here is my […]

  • 374 renana22 // Jan 28, 2011 at 11:22 am

    I love this and want to try it soon.

  • 375 Kindred Spirit // Feb 26, 2011 at 10:13 am

    Can anyone tell me how many of the finished magnets will fit into the Altoid size tin?
    I found a nice clear top tin (5.5 x 3.7). If my measurements are correct, it will fit 6 pieces nicely. This is much larger than the Altoid size so I’m wondering how many you find fit nicely into the Altoid size.
    Site: Item THN8.
    Cost is $1.05 I think the clear top would really add to the presentation of the gift. Put a straw or paper in the bottom. Let me know your thoughts. I haven’t made these yet so don’t have any to measure by.

  • 376 Shayla // Mar 13, 2011 at 2:49 pm

    These are so much fun!!! I have tried this using Mod Podge glue it works great. They are also cute pins if you like that sort of thing. Thank you for sharing.

  • 377 Relaxing Night « creativehomeschoolmom // Mar 14, 2011 at 12:04 am

    […]       After the kids went to bed my hubby was busy doing his thing so I decided that I would work on a new craft project.  I saw the idea to make marble magnets.   So I gave it a whirl.  It is a really simple craft and there are many websites on making marble magnets if you are interested.  I found a link at […]

  • 378 craine // Mar 17, 2011 at 1:36 pm

    great idea :)

  • 379 kellee staub // Mar 19, 2011 at 3:24 pm

    These really made me smile!!! My mom has been passed now for almost 10 years and when I was little she used to make these, I’ve showed some people, but I had no idea this many people did it!! As A matter of fact I still have a few she did except I glued them around a picture frame I have with her in it!

  • 380 Wednesday On The Web: Michigan Weather | Something Catchy // Mar 23, 2011 at 9:06 am

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  • 381 TIM // Mar 24, 2011 at 1:40 pm

    i used styrene i bought from and painted little pictures on them but marbles are a good idea too. i’ll have to try that.

  • 382 Barbie // Mar 30, 2011 at 9:41 pm

    I like these pictures you posted. I, too, was fascinated with these little glass things…I bought a few bags a dollar a piece at the Dollar Tree store. My daughter and I used sharpies, and I even crocheted a little thing to put around it for a necklace, but it all was awful! I finally cut out a tiny piece from a Mary Englebreit print and put behind it, and it was precious. I thought of a checker set out of these….LOL! Great post.

  • 383 Kiki Polglase // Apr 3, 2011 at 5:43 am

    Thank you for the super idea, the pretty, humorous and easy to follow tutorial….must try it out over the Easter Hols with my grandson! Will make some for myself and friends too… x

  • 384 Two Magnet Projects for Your School Locker // Apr 4, 2011 at 12:28 am

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  • 385 Stephanie // Apr 8, 2011 at 9:17 am

    Anyone know where I can buy the marbles online please? nobody seems to have them where I live.

  • 386 megan // Apr 8, 2011 at 10:16 am

    Stephanie – This project was originally done years ago and since the clear glass blobs have become fairly difficult to find. They are usually sold in the floral section of stores to be used to fill vases, however the ones you can find these days mostly all have an iridescent sheen on them making it difficult to use for this project as it obscures the image below. (They do look nice in a vase, though.) I’ve seen non-iridescent glass blobs in the floral section of QFC (an Albertson’s brand) grocery stores.

  • 387 laura // Apr 9, 2011 at 1:23 pm

    i made these for wedding favors, among others. i stamped thank you and meci on pretty paper, punched them out and used decoupage glue, then magnets. adorable.

  • 388 Ann Marie Alonzo // Apr 15, 2011 at 4:40 am

    How clever and cute! (and still getting comments after all this time)

  • 389 The Ninja // Apr 27, 2011 at 9:31 am

    Very cool. I received some of these as a gift but these are much cooler. Might see if I can get the kids into this.

  • 390 Esther // May 2, 2011 at 9:38 am

    These are super cutie. This is a wonderful idea for gifts and would be great to do with my grand-kids.

  • 391 80 Ways To Re-Use Old Stuff | Green Eco Services // May 3, 2011 at 8:52 am

    […] Marble Magnets: Mancala stones and other decorative flat-backed marbles in need of a home are incredibly popular and economic materials for adorable, fully customizable magnets. […]

  • 392 Bracelets // May 3, 2011 at 11:14 pm

    Thank you for the super idea, the pretty.

  • 393 Stephanie // May 4, 2011 at 3:02 pm

    How would you make these into pushpins? I’m making a large wine cork board and I wanted to make some pushpins to hold pictures up.

  • 394 magnets for wine lovers « happyasabee // May 15, 2011 at 3:33 pm

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  • 395 DB // May 16, 2011 at 8:20 am

    I had a lot of fun making these. I couldn’t find the supplies at Michael’s to save my life, but I found the marbles at a pet supply store, and the magnets at an office supply store. I think the silicon was at Target. Mine turned out fairly well, except for a slight sheen under some of them…maybe I fiddled with the glue too much. :) I found my images on the internet and printed them on a color printer. I think I will do these again.

  • 396 Marble Magnets « // May 29, 2011 at 5:12 pm

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  • 398 Amanda // Jun 12, 2011 at 8:42 am

    Too cute! I need to do a magnet purge and make some of these to jazz up my refrigerator!

  • 399 Day 9 | What Did I Do Today « 1000 Words and One // Jun 13, 2011 at 5:44 pm

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  • 400 Kristina // Jun 18, 2011 at 3:02 pm

    I got a mixed pack of clear, light green, and pale peach marbles since Michaels was out of plain ones. The kids (age 2, 4, 7) LOVED the subtle color effects on their pictures! I used Liquid Fusion glue which has no scent, is non-toxic, and has an easy applicator tip. It worked perfectly and held up fine when the toddler threw all his magnets on the floor. Fun craft = happy kids. Thanks!

  • 401 amy is the party: Summer Blog Party: DIY Favors // Jun 24, 2011 at 9:27 am

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  • 402 Crafts2Create // Jun 24, 2011 at 4:54 pm

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  • 403 buckyc // Jun 24, 2011 at 6:28 pm

    I would like to print out images from my computer but am afraid that the ink jet ink will smear. Any hints for how to stabilize it before cutting out my circles?

  • 404 Amy Sudol // Jun 25, 2011 at 7:51 pm

    I’ve also used this idea but tweaked it to make a garden stake. I’m a teacher so I used it as a gift idea for mother’s/father’s day, but I put a picture of the child in between the two stones and silconed around it. Then I used contact cement to glue a stick on the bottom. After that I wrapped twine around the stick and tied a bow. They came out really cute. :) Then i sent them home with a plant.

  • 405 Susan // Jun 27, 2011 at 2:30 pm

    Too cool…..thank you for my 2011 Annual Snowman gift idea for Christmas this year. This could possibly become the easiest one yet in 10+ yrs. of doing it. Just bought a pad of Tim Holtz paper with old school Christmas items on the paper, should work perfectly……thanks again.

  • 406 Michelle // Sep 3, 2011 at 4:57 pm

    Does anyone have any suggestions for websites, magazines, etc. where I can find fun images for the magnets?

  • 407 Val // Sep 15, 2011 at 2:54 pm

    Meant to sayI have to try it !

  • 408 Bee-themed magnets | // Sep 21, 2011 at 4:28 am

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  • 409 Roberta // Sep 22, 2011 at 1:25 pm

    Sept 2011 Supplies info for anyone interested in putting this project in motion in BULK that doesn’t have local supply stores.

    I got the 25mm (1″) clear acrylic low-dome, flat back cabochons (100 for $43 including shipping) from

    I got 3/4″ ceramic magnets (100 for $26.50 including shipping) from


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  • 412 Mandy // Oct 2, 2011 at 6:27 am

    I’m sorry. I am not very good at reading directions and I’m a little confused. :( I read a comment that said they printed out pictures. How do you get the pictures to that size? And then also, the part about the card stock wasn’t very clear. Thanks so much!

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  • 414 Avalon Paton // Nov 12, 2011 at 2:53 pm

    Hi there,
    I LOVE these magnets, they look fantastic and I am planning to make a whole bunch as Christmas presents for family and friends. I just have a couple of questions (apologies in advance if the answers are already given above)…
    Do you know, or have you had any experience with using actual photos on photographic paper – either matt or gloss finish? I don’t have a high quality computer printer at home so I thought I would print my images at the photo store. Also, do you know if the glue would react with or ruin the photograph? The first lot I am making as a gift to send overseas, therefore I won’t get to see how well the colours stay true over time etc. Any advice you could give me would be much appreciated!

    Kind Regards,
    Avalon Paton (emailing from New Zealand)

  • 415 megan // Nov 14, 2011 at 10:06 am

    Avalon – I have not tried to make these using photographs. I do not that scrapbookers use “archival” papers and glues that will not yellow over time, so look for those. If you’re printing the photos it might be fine, but I’m afraid that if you use real photographs that you cut into the chemicals in the layers of the photos might leak out and affect the appearance over time. I’m afraid I don’t have much more information than that, good luck! And test it with a bit of photo that isn’t precious first and maybe leave it for a week?

  • 416 Kathy // Nov 16, 2011 at 6:28 am

    I made three attempts making marble magnets and third time’s a charm! I started out using mod podge to glue the picture to the marble as another site recommended, but several of the marbles stayed cloudy. I thought it might be because I had mod podged the back of the picture too soon and trapped the moisture but redoing the marbles with mod podge and not mod podging the backs did not help with the cloudiness. I then used Aleene’s Jewel-It as was recommended here by a poster and Voila!, success. My marbles now look wonderful and clear. I did notice that vivid colors work better–show up better. I am making Christmas magnets so I found images on-line, sized them to fit my magnets, and copied them onto thin photo quality paper. I found a Christmas alphabet and made one marble with the initial of each gift recipient’s last name. I’m packing the magnets in a little draw string bag that I found at Wal-Mart in the wedding supply department.

  • 417 Jennifer // Nov 16, 2011 at 6:37 am

    where do you buy bulk magnets strong enough to hold these? thanks, Jennifer

  • 418 Renate // Nov 18, 2011 at 2:12 am

    Lovely, lovely project. I’ll alert my ezine subscribers to this in the next newsletter.

  • 419 Jen // Nov 25, 2011 at 3:43 pm

    Go to They sell the glass domes & rare earth magnets

  • 420 Renesmae // Nov 25, 2011 at 7:21 pm

    This is such a great idea, I’m so inspired, can’t wait to see how they turn out!!

  • 421 Handmade Gifts: Alphabet magnets | thousandislandsmama // Dec 4, 2011 at 11:26 pm

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  • 422 Kelli // Dec 5, 2011 at 8:41 pm

    Love this tutorial. I made some kid inspired alphabet magnets using your instructions and I love how they turned out! Check it out at:

    Thanks for the inspiration!

  • 423 J // Dec 6, 2011 at 11:17 am

    Thanks for the excellent tutorial! That’s a couple of Christmas presents sorted! I just made some fridge magnets with photos, and it turned out to be a bit more difficult, but it’s worked out fine in the end!

    Here’s what I did:

    The first problem was that the silicon glue dissolved the ink of the photos (I used photos printed out with one of Kodak’s instant print machines you find in shops). To solve that problem, I put a layer of cellotape over the photo.

    The next issue was the amount of glue – I tried to use only a little, but I ended up with gaps and bubbles under the glass marbles. Use lots of glue! put a thick (1mm at least) layer of glue on the glass marble, and squeeze very gently to get the air out, but keep enough glue to stop gaps from appearing.

    Also, the glue needs a lot longer to dry than it says on the packaging – I put it on the radiator for a good day before carefully glueing another carbord layer and a magnet onto the back. (And then let it dry for another two days, on the radiator).

    I’ve also tried other types of glue, but normal crafts clue gets bubbles when drying. Superglue needs contact with air to dry so won’t dry at all between the cellotape and the glass marble!

    Hope that helps anyone also trying to use photos.

  • 424 Velia t Garay // Dec 6, 2011 at 8:11 pm

    YOU ROCK !!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Thanks so much for all the time you put into the directions.

  • 425 Homemade Christmas: Teacher Gifts – Beyond the Gift Card | Indianapolis with Kids // Dec 7, 2011 at 7:21 pm

    […] Marble Magnets – ($) I think these would be perfect! I would use them at home or at school if I was a teacher! Your child can select the pictures to use in order to personalize the magnets and depending on your child’s abilities, they could probably do most of this project themselves! […]

  • 426 Ellen // Dec 18, 2011 at 12:02 am

    Thank you! I found a Recollections brand “lever punch” size petite with a 5/8″ diameter (aka Petite 40 Circle) and it made this project so easy!

  • 427 Megan // Dec 18, 2011 at 2:40 pm

    I’ve been testing several types of glue for this kind of project, and today stumbled across Fast Finish Decoupage by Beacon, available at Michael’s. Some of my artwork had QR codes on them so it was essential that the glue be crystal clear for the QR codes to read. This was by far the best – absolutely no bubbles, and dries in seconds! Just wanted to share a nice find for anyone else hunting down materials.

  • 428 Colette // Dec 18, 2011 at 7:29 pm

    I made these for office gifts this year. A few didn’t turn out (centering, cloudy, etc.), but nail polish remover got the residue off the marble with no issues. (I was already using it to clean my fingerprints off the finished marbles.)

    I found the marbles at the dollar store, and the glue and magnets at Michael’s. (The dollar store had magnets as well, but they were a little rougher and smaller.)

  • 429 Johnnie // Dec 23, 2011 at 8:12 am

    I love your site! Thank you for the great instructions and ideas!

    Chattanooga, TN here

  • 430 Anita Jacobson // Dec 31, 2011 at 12:02 pm

    Made these for our store with fashion pictures to hang notes for each other, also I teach preschool in afternoon, so this is a great idea to make for mothers day with the kids pictures!

  • 431» Blog Archive » Damask Circle Template // Jan 14, 2012 at 2:13 pm

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  • 432 meg // Mar 7, 2012 at 12:38 pm

    Was thrilled to find your site! I just made these magnets (along with a tin message board) with a class of second graders for a school auction. Turned out great! THANK YOU!

  • 433 Jane // May 10, 2012 at 4:16 am

    Loved making these today :) Thanks for the idea

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  • 435 Aunt Kay // Jun 29, 2012 at 8:24 am

    We are doing these of the newlyweds, I think. What a cool gift for attending the wedding!

  • 436 Party Ideas For Girls // Jul 13, 2012 at 7:32 pm

    Howdy just wanted to give you a quick heads up. The text
    in your post seem to be running off the screen in Safari.
    I’m not sure if this is a format issue or something to do with browser compatibility but I figured I’d post to let you know. The style and design look great though! Hope you get the problem fixed soon. Many thanks

  • 437 Tammy // Aug 2, 2012 at 3:10 pm

    I love these.
    I’m from Australia and i cant seem to find these flat marbles anywhere – can you please sent me the website where i can purchase them from.


  • 438 megan // Aug 2, 2012 at 5:21 pm

    Party – Thanks! I’ve got to clean this page up, it’s nearly a decade old.

    Tammy – I wish I could but clear glass marble blobs have been really difficult to find here as well. The ones produced these days come with a translucent sheen on them which obscures the image. Try a scrapbooking or crafts store and ask about clear plastic cabochons, as well as the floral glass marbles and see what you can find. Good luck!

  • 439 Lisa // Aug 19, 2012 at 7:03 pm

    I LOVE this idea! I have just finished making my second batch! I’m now doing different themes of marbles and am addicted! Thanks for the awesome ideas!

  • 440 Jackie // Sep 21, 2012 at 4:06 pm

    Has anyone else gone to TAP Plastics to get the cabochons? The 1 1/4″ are $1.60 for 10.. as opposed to $9.60 for 10 of the 1″? That seems crazy but I added to my card and it still came up as that. Any idea if it would make that big of a difference to get the 1 1/4″ as opposed to the 1″?

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    You have a wonderful site! Thank you so much for the free tutorials….you are a blessing! :-)

  • 444 Madison // Nov 18, 2012 at 7:22 pm

    Your things are sooo good I made them for my school and I ran out because every one liked them soooo just keep makeing them u are great thank u -Madison lane :)

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    I have been making a lot of these. Perfect gifts for bus drivers, teachers, etc. I use Mod Podge to coatboth sides and to glue onto the marble. I use a circle stencil on paper stock and paint my own designs. I trim the circle to fit each marble. Going to try and order marbles especially to make magnets. Fun! Fun!

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    I found great ones from LilacTreeDesigns on etsy, I used them for bridal shower favors and just LOVED them!!

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