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“Upcycled” Cosmo Magnets & Tutorial

Hi Everyone.  It’s the end of the school holidays here and it has been a fun but COLD two weeks off.  I have a fun tutorial to share today. I have seen several variations of this idea on-line but here is my version.

I have used the Cosmo Cricket “Upcyle” Collection which is perfect with it’s bright colors and fun themes.  I also decided I needed somewhere to put the magnets – so I made this fun board too!

These magnets are so much fun to make and you really only need a few basic supplies.

Now – I know you can probably buy these glass domes but I couldn’t find anywhere here in New Zealand to get them, so I have “upcycled” these ones from The Warehouse.

Preparing the Glass Domes

  1. Buy some cheap magnets
  2. Carefully remove backing (definitely adults only)
  3. Scrape away most of the glue with a sharp craft knife
  4. Use a pot scourer to remove remaining glue

Making the Magnets

  1. Cut or punch circles of paper slightly smaller than the flat side of the glass dome
  2. Apply Mod Podge to the surface of the paper you want visible through the magnet and glue onto flat side of magnet
  3. When dry, apply a layer of Mod Podge to the other side o the paper (outside)
  4. Using a strong craft glue, stick a magnet to the underside and leave to dry
Here are some close-ups of the magnets. I made three different sizes here – for the largest I used a 1″ circle punch.

The magnet board started life as a really ugly magnetic calendar thingy – so I sprayed the outside edges with some tile paint, glued on some paper and when the glue was dry – I Mod Podged over the top to add some shine and protection. 

The wonderful papers from Cosmo Cricket really do all the work – they co-ordinate perfectly and the prints are fun and fresh.

Post a comment if you have any questions 🙂

Lowri

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19 Comments

  • Reply cameracrazychick July 31, 2011 at 9:39 AM

    Hey Lowri, check out this listing at TradeMe http://www.trademe.co.nz/Crafts/Jewellery-making-beading/Other/auction-394778711.htm for glass domes 🙂

  • Reply Gypsy August 1, 2011 at 5:37 PM

    These guys http://www.craftrunner.co.nz/mm5/merchant.mvc do domes as well as lots of other cool stuff. Your magnet board looks great.

  • Reply Tina August 1, 2011 at 10:23 PM

    Very cool. Love your creativity.

  • Reply artistaprilcole@gmail.com August 2, 2011 at 6:39 AM

    Very clever.. love it!
    Thanks for sharing your tutorial :]

  • Reply Anna@Directions Not Included August 2, 2011 at 11:21 AM

    Great tutorial! I'm your newest follower.

  • Reply buglvr2010 August 2, 2011 at 3:58 PM

    I love this, Lowri! I need to make one of these for my daughter's room….she likes to tack things up all over her walls.

  • Reply Shellye August 2, 2011 at 7:08 PM

    Lowri this is fabulous!!! I'm going to try this and soon. I'm thinking it would make a great gift 🙂

  • Reply meijo's JOY August 3, 2011 at 1:03 AM

    This a such a sweet and fabulous blog! I'm so glad to found it via your sweet comment on my blog! Thank you! xoxo – PC

  • Reply M.E. Hall August 3, 2011 at 2:17 AM

    I love how yours turned out! Great Job!!

  • Reply Jenn Erickson August 4, 2011 at 4:12 PM

    Absolutely wonderful transformation! Love the paper you chose, and how beautifully your custom magnets came out!!

    Jenn/Rook No. 17

  • Reply Tasha Anderson August 4, 2011 at 6:35 PM

    I am visiting you from Homework's Inspiration Party. I love the magnets and board! SO cute!!! I would love for you to link it to my Pinkalicious Thursday party.

    http://www.frugaliciousme.com/2011/08/pinkalicious-thursday-party-13.html

    XOXO,
    Tasha
    http://www.frugaliciousme.com

  • Reply Janna Werner August 5, 2011 at 7:15 AM

    Thanks for this superfun tutorial, love all your colourful projects!! Janna

  • Reply Beverly @ FlamingoToes.com August 6, 2011 at 3:16 AM

    Your magnets and board are darling! I love the papers you chose – they are so bright and fun!

  • Reply SJ @ Homemaker On A Dime August 8, 2011 at 2:13 AM

    Hi, friend! You've got so much creativity and I'm admiring them all. Can you please share your creative posts at the Creative Bloggers' Party & Hop? Hope to see you there at the party 🙂.

    Btw, I also have a blog party called Market Your Biz and Giveaways so please feel free to link up your online shop and giveaways on Tuesday at 5 pm.

  • Reply lailalay August 8, 2011 at 7:08 PM

    Oh!!!!I love your works…Really inspired me!!!!!!!
    I will follow you soon!!!
    Lucia
    lailalay
    http://lailalay.wordpress.com/

  • Reply Sandy Ang August 8, 2011 at 11:48 PM

    I'll be hunting for glass pebbles at Spotlight. Think they'll make wonderful perpetual calendar if I put numbers behind them. Thanks for the tutorial

  • Reply The Ellis' August 9, 2011 at 7:50 PM

    That is so darling! We would love for you to share this at our link party and come enter our free digital scrapbooking software giveaway!

    Love,
    The Sisters @ Six Sister's Stuff

    http://sixsistersstuff.blogspot.com/search/label/Strut%20Your%20Stuff%20Saturday

    http://sixsistersstuff.blogspot.com/2011/08/my-memories-digital-scrapbooking.html

  • Reply Sonia Alcaraz August 12, 2011 at 11:07 PM

    What a great idea, stunning!!!
    I'm your new follower,
    Sonia

  • Reply Mod Podge Amy August 16, 2011 at 1:28 AM

    These are so pretty – I love them – the paper is so cute!

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