How to Make Glass Magnets

Updated on July 29, 2016
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Glass magnets are an easy, inexpensive craft project. They are a perfect item to sell at craft fairs and also make great home décor, party favors, gifts, and more. To make glass magnets, you will most likely have to order some specialty supplies online. These supplies are reasonably priced and will last you a long time. Everything else that you'll need is readily available in craft stores.

I decided to write this article because I wanted to share my strategies for creating magnets as well as packaging them. Whether you are creating magnets for gifts or sales, presentation counts. After the step by step directions for creating magnets, I include a brief tutorial for creating magnet packaging. Happy crafting!

Glass Magnets: Gather Your Supplies

  • Clear glass cabochons or floral stones, any size and shape
  • Dimensional glaze, such as Judikins Diamond Glaze or Mod Podge Dimensional Magic
  • Scrapbook paper, decorated cardstock, or other thick paper of your choice
  • Neodymium magnets, one per glass piece
  • E6000 adhesive

It will depend what type of glass you have as to what type of cutting tool you'll need.

  • Circle: Circle punch in a coordinating size. It does not have to be exact. It's better to have a slightly smaller punch than glass size.
  • Oval: Oval punch in a coordinating size. Same recommendations as circle.
  • Rectangle or square: There are a few square and rectangle punches. There aren't as many options for these shapes. If you can't find what you need, you can use an exacto knife, other sharp craft knife, or paper cutter.
  • Floral stones: I trace and cut out these shapes. Every stone is different and the cuts don't have to be exact to work just fine.

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Small floral stone circles and larger circles ready to go.  I have a mix of scrapbook paper, sheet music printed on card stock, and photos printed on card stock.First coat of dimensional glaze.Second coat of dimensional glaze.With magnets.A finished set of large circles and floral stones.
Small floral stone circles and larger circles ready to go.  I have a mix of scrapbook paper, sheet music printed on card stock, and photos printed on card stock.
Small floral stone circles and larger circles ready to go. I have a mix of scrapbook paper, sheet music printed on card stock, and photos printed on card stock. | Source
First coat of dimensional glaze.
First coat of dimensional glaze. | Source
Second coat of dimensional glaze.
Second coat of dimensional glaze. | Source
With magnets.
With magnets. | Source
A finished set of large circles and floral stones.
A finished set of large circles and floral stones. | Source

Tip: To save time, complete each step of the instructions in batches. For example, cut all of the paper for a large batch of magnets in a single setting.

Tip: If you use photos or other inkjet printed images for your magnets, apply a couple coats of spray acrylic to seal them before you cut them out so the ink doesn't run.

How to Make Glass Magnets: Instructions

  1. Use your cutting tool to cut your paper of choice to size for your glass.
  2. Spread a thin layer of dimensional glaze on the back side of a piece of glass. Press the paper on it, decorative side down, so that it will show on the front side of the glass. Pop any air bubbles. Use a wet paper towel or sponge to wipe away any excess glaze. Leave it to dry for at least half an hour.
  3. Spread a thin layer of dimensional glaze on the back of the glass, completely covering the paper and the edges around it. Pop any air bubbles. Use a wet paper towel or sponge to wipe away any excess glaze. Leave it to dry for 24 hours.
  4. Put a small dot of E6000 adhesive in the center of the back of the glass. Per the adhesive instructions, allow it to set for 2-10 minutes before you stick the neodymium magnet. Leave it to dry for 24 hours.

Magnet Packaging: Gather Your Supplies

  • Card stock in the color and weight of your choice
  • Treat bags (available in the candy making section of craft stores). I'm using 3" x 4" bags for this tutorial. You can choose another size if that will work better for your magnets/the quantities you want to package.
  • Thin magnet rolls (available at craft and sewing stores)
  • Tacky glue
  • Stapler
  • Word and/or photo editing program to design the toppers
  • Paper cutter to cut the bag toppers and card stock inserts
  • Scissors

Fangtastic Treat Bag

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You don't have to limit this packaging method to glass magnets. Use them for bottle cap magnets, Scrabble tile magnets, and much more.

Magnet Packaging: Instructions

  • Use a Word and/or photo editing program to design a bag topper. Alternatively, you can also design one by hand. Make sure that you size it to fit your treat bags, and make sure that format it so that you have enough blank space to fold each topper in half.
  • Print the toppers on the card stock of your choice. Use a paper cutter to cut each topper. You can do this by hand, but I highly recommend using a cutter for a professional finish.
  • Use the paper cutter to cut the card stock of your choice for the magnet backs. I chose to print sheet music on card stock. Again, make sure that the card stock is cut to size for the treat bags.
  • Cut the magnet roll into small pieces (approx. 1/2" wide). I chose to cut 4 magnets for each card stock, but you can customize this as you like.
  • Glue the magnets to the card stock with the tacky glue. Let dry for at least an hour.
  • Put one finished magnet onto each magnet roll piece.
  • Slide the finished card stock with magnets into a treat bag.
  • Fold the bag topper over the top of the treat bag. Staple it in place with two staples.

Additional Ideas for Magnet Packaging

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For freebies and party favors, small cards work well.  These cards are 2" x 2".I have a bunch of these made up from other events so sometimes I sell them at shows this way.Alternatively, I also offer magnets on a small whiteboard at shows so people can mix and match their own sets.  This is always well received.
For freebies and party favors, small cards work well.  These cards are 2" x 2".
For freebies and party favors, small cards work well. These cards are 2" x 2".
I have a bunch of these made up from other events so sometimes I sell them at shows this way.
I have a bunch of these made up from other events so sometimes I sell them at shows this way.
Alternatively, I also offer magnets on a small whiteboard at shows so people can mix and match their own sets.  This is always well received.
Alternatively, I also offer magnets on a small whiteboard at shows so people can mix and match their own sets. This is always well received.

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Don't forget to finish your gift or sale with a box or other special finish.

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Questions & Answers

  • How do you find images for the button magnets that are not copyrighted?

    Typically, I use my own photos. My favorite resource for legal-use images is Pexels.

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      Rose Clearfield 

      4 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      Thanks so much, Glimmer Twin Fan, sujaya venkatesh, and PegCole!

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      Peg Cole 

      4 years ago from Dallas, Texas

      This is such a great idea. I love the detailed instructions and pictures.

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      sujaya venkatesh 

      4 years ago

      quite interesting

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      Claudia Mitchell 

      4 years ago

      Awesome craft! How did I miss this one. I have all kinds of ideas floating around now. Shared around.

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      Rose Clearfield 

      4 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      Thanks, Vicki! I sell the sheet music magnets at shows, and they've been one of my best selling items for the past year and a half or so.

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      Victoria Lynn 

      4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Wow, these are neat! I would think they would sell well!

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      Rose Clearfield 

      5 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      Thanks so much, Cyndi! That means a lot to me. I have found a couple magnet designs that do well at shows, which is awesome.

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      Cynthia Calhoun 

      5 years ago from Western NC

      Wow. This is so professionally done and impressive, Rose. I think you have really found your calling - you are amazing at this. :) Sell, LOTS, my friend. Voted up and shared across.

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      Rose Clearfield 

      5 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      Thanks, livewithrichard! Hopefully this will be right up her alley!

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      Richard Bivins 

      5 years ago from Charleston, SC

      Very cool craft project here. I'm always trying to find new and easy craft projects for my mom. She is getting so bored with her crochet projects. I think this would be great for her. Thank you for such a well detailed hub.

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      Rose Clearfield 

      5 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      Thanks, Stephanie! I do well with my sheet music magnets at craft shows.

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      Stephanie Henkel 

      5 years ago from USA

      I love these cute little magnets, and I'll bet they sell well at craft shows! Voted up and shared!

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      Rose Clearfield 

      5 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      Thanks, By Lori! That sounds like a beautiful magnet.

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      By Lori 

      5 years ago from USA

      Very nice. This is a really complete looking article. I have experimented with making magnets. My favorite was when I used a face from a Botticelli print.

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      Rose Clearfield 

      6 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      That's awesome. :) Let me know if you give it a try.

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      CassyLu1981 

      6 years ago from Spring Lake, NC

      Love the magnets! So do my girls. Might have to try these one day :) Thanks! Voted up and shared!!!

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      Rose Clearfield 

      6 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      Thanks so much, meloncauli!

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      meloncauli 

      6 years ago from UK

      What a brilliant article with some lovely photos. Really interesting.

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      Rose Clearfield 

      6 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      You made my night, kr!! I would host a party for you any time. :)

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      Kristi Sharp 

      6 years ago from Born in Missouri. Raised in Minnesota.

      You're a goddess :) Your talents for creativity are unparallelled and your ideas are endless! It's truly amazing Rose! I would love to have you over to my house to host a RandomeCreative Teaching party! You would put Martha to shame! -K

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      Rose Clearfield 

      6 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      Thanks, Riverfish!

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      Riverfish24 

      6 years ago from United States

      Awesome hub- as usual!

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      Rose Clearfield 

      6 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      Thank you, summerberrie!

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      summerberrie 

      6 years ago

      Randomcreative, these look so sweet and useful. Your packaging looks great,too.

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      Rose Clearfield 

      6 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      Thanks so much, Julie!

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      Blurter of Indiscretions 

      6 years ago from Clinton CT

      Wow...you are amazing. All the details are incredible! Sharing this!

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      Rose Clearfield 

      6 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      Thanks so much, Christy!

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      Christy Birmingham 

      6 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      What a neat hub. You have explained the steps well, I vote up and useful too.

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      Rose Clearfield 

      6 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      Thanks so much, Robert! Since I started the Apprentice program, I have really pushed myself to vary my capsules in new ways and to make my articles as rich as possible. You don't want to overwhelm readers with lots of products and anything that is irrelevant, but using well placed, relevant videos, maps, etc. can make a huge difference for article success.

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      Robert Erich 

      6 years ago from California

      Amazing and useful article! I am certainly impressed with your creative abilities. You are inspiring me - I may have to start thinking of other things to add to my articles!

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      Rose Clearfield 

      6 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      Thanks so much, Carol!

      That's great, Jess! Let me know how it goes.

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      Jesshubpages 

      6 years ago

      What a beautiful hub. We shall try this out. Thanks. Voted up!

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      6 years ago from Arizona

      I am always attracted to interesting craft hubs. Thanks for sharing this very fun and creative project. Voted UP.

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      Rose Clearfield 

      6 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      Patty, thanks so much!

      Josh, thanks! I appreciate the share.

      Om, thanks! They are pretty easy to make.

      jezebellamina, that's perfect. :) Good luck with it. Thanks for the votes and shares!

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      Jessica 

      6 years ago from Dallas, TX

      Awesome! I just found some of these round glass cabochons and was wondering what to use them for. Thanks for sharing tips for both making and packaging in the same hub! Voted up, interesting, & sharing!

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      Om Paramapoonya 

      6 years ago

      How cute! Thanks for the tutorial and tips. Looks pretty easy to make. Rated up, useful and interesting!

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      Joshua Zerbini 

      6 years ago from Pennsylvania

      Rose,

      Another awesome craft idea! I will be sharing this with the sister! Thanks Rose for this informative hub and tutorial!

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      Patty Kenyon 

      6 years ago from Ledyard, Connecticut

      Interesting and Useful for those that want to create magnets!! Excellent Tutorial with great pictures to help!!! Thanks for sharing!!!

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