Mini Magnets in a Tin for Father’s Day

Hi Everyone
This is the first of the “secret tin” projects I have to show you from my Father’s Day shelf of goodies!
Isn’t this tin gorgeous?
My Dad loves old bits and pieces and these tobacco tins are cheap and readily available pretty much wherever you are. I love the idea of re-using them and they really are beautiful not to mention a fabulously “green” way to present a little gift.
I made these little magnets to go inside using scraps of paper from the Kaisercraft Hunt and Gather Collection.
There are some gorgeous images in this collection – they look like old watercolour drawings and to create the compass magnet – I just used one of the stamps on a scrap piece of paper.
This little beetle is my favourite image. You can see my tutorial on how to create the magnets below. 
  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
If you want to see how you can upcycle cheap magnets to get the glass domes – take a look at my post here – but the glass domes should be readily available from craft stores.
Please post a comment with any questions – and keep a look out for my next post to see what is in this tin!
Lowri 🙂
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  • Reply Liz August 26, 2011 at 10:52 AM

    Cool! So love those Hunt and Gather papers.

  • Reply Lisa's Passion to Scrap August 27, 2011 at 2:05 AM

    Love it Lowri! I have got myself some of these little glass beads to have a go at these. This collection is perfect for this, with the bugs! Love, love, love the tin,gosh my grandfather & father had heaps of these (gone now. I cant wait to see what the next secret is 😉

  • Reply Miya August 27, 2011 at 10:57 AM

    These are really beautiful. I never thought of making them look like insect specimens. Definitely going to give it a try. Thanks!

  • Reply paperchains August 29, 2011 at 1:04 AM

    Love the magnets again and the tag box is just awesome. Thanks for sharing

  • Reply Tricia @ SweeterThanSweets August 29, 2011 at 6:09 PM

    I made some of these for Father's Day too! Mine were made with photos printed on plain paper. Check them out here if you're interested.

  • Reply Debbie @ OtRD August 30, 2011 at 1:58 PM

    Such a cute idea! I use to make magnets like these and sell them on etsy. Always love how they make the image look!

  • Reply Jess@Balancing The Dream August 30, 2011 at 4:39 PM

    these are great!!! I just may make a few magnets this weekend!! Thanks for the tutorial!!

  • Reply Lynda @ Uber Savvy Buzzword August 30, 2011 at 7:36 PM

    These are great-love the insects! I find mog podge difficult to get in Australia- i have seen it but there seems a few types-which did you use here? Lynda

  • Reply OnePerfectDay August 31, 2011 at 12:13 PM

    These are great!
    I love them!

  • Reply Melissa September 2, 2011 at 6:09 PM

    Adorable! You should come link up at http://www.meldreamsoften.com

    I'm having a blog hop, right now. Do you have Google Friend Connect, because I don't see a place to follow you, except pinterest.

  • Reply Melissa September 2, 2011 at 6:10 PM

    Nevermind I found it. I'm a new follower from Homework's blog hop. Have a good one!

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