I know there are tons of pretty magnets out there but I wanted to make my own and use supplies I already had. Besides, what’s the point of having a metal note board (see post on Note Board Installation) if you can’t or don’t have magnets for it. I wanted something simple, easy to do and fit my décor. Solution: Crystal glass beads that I have from other décor elements. This is so simple of a project…the hardest part is having the patience to let them dry.
Flat Magnets – I bought a set of 6 at Staples for about $3.
Decorative Element – I chose glass beads in a iridescent blue but you can use just about anything that has one flat side like buttons, jewels, rocks, etc.
Glue – Make sure you choose a glue that is appropriate to the medium you are working with. I like the Elmer’s CraftBond Ultra Stix All. It works with pretty much any medium, dries clear and you can get it at Wal-Mart, which just happens to be open 24 hours and is perfect for the crafter in me that can’t sleep but ran out of glue at 2am.
Patience – Ok, not really a supply but you need a supply of it. Glue really needs to cure a full 72 hours before you put you items to use. It’s really tempting to say, “Ah, they’re dry.” I have had a lot of crafts break that way.
Open the magnets and lay them out so they don’t play kissy face and attract back to each other. This would be bad…knock your décor off in two seconds flat. Apply a small dab of glue to the top of the magnet. Then apply the décor element to the magnet. To make sure you have a solid adhesion, slightly wiggle until you feel resistance. Now for the hard part, let it sit. It takes about 24 hours for it to fully dry and 72 hours for it to cure and use. That’s it. Put them up, to use, and have fun!