Tuesday, June 18, 2013

DIY Glitter Gems & Magnets

I'm making a treasure box for my son, and I wanted to make my own gem treasures to decorate the box with and put inside as a surprise. As it turns out, these glitter gems also make great magnets. This is the post that I found for inspiration. 

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Here's what you need for this project:
  • Glitter - For the large gems I used Martha Stewart Hexagonal Glitter, which I loved! For the smaller gems I used Recollections Extra Fine Glitter
  • Large and small glass stones, rounded on one side and flat on the other. I bought mine at the craft store.  
  • E6000 glue (if you are doing this project with children, I recommend using another glue). 
  • Mod Podge or other sealant
  • Foam brush - I use these brushes for everything!
  • Scrapbook paper
  • Magnets (optional) - make sure you choose a magnet that's strong since the gems can be heavy. 

Steps for making glitter gems & magnets:
  1. Cover the flat side of a gem with E6000 glue. I used a foam brush to apply. 
  2. Dip the flat side of the gem that you just covered in glue into the glitter. 
  3. Let dry. I waited several hours. 
  4. Apply a layer of Mod Podge over the glitter to seal it into place. 
  5. For the large gems I also Mod Podged a piece of scrapbook paper to the back. I wanted to make sure they were play-friendly since they are going into the treasure box I'm making Jake. 
  6. To turn the gems into magnets, use your E6000 glue and apply a strong magnet. 

I might have to make another set of these gems because I think they would look great glued to this wood frame. Perfect for my art room.

My new motto after this project is "when in doubt, just add glitter."

If you like glitter gems, check out the Alphabet Gems tutorial I did as a guest post for Housing a Forest

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