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How to Make a Ladybug Fridge Magnet

Updated on July 28, 2017
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Sadie Holloway is a writer and artist who uses the power of journaling to bring more peace, serenity, and joy into her life.

Are you ready to work your way through your stash of unused craft supplies?

My Use It or Lose It Crafting Challenge

One of my goals this year is to use up all of my excess craft supplies before I buy any more. I have drawers, baskets, boxes, and plastic containers filled with the remnants of countless DIY projects that I either finished successfully, gave up because (insert random excuse here), or didn't even start because (insert another random excuse). So, no more excuses! It's time for me to put those craft supplies back to work!

Ladybugs are a popular good luck symbol.
Ladybugs are a popular good luck symbol.

Here are the instructions on how to make my first project: A lucky ladybug fridge magnet. I made it in about 15 minutes (not including drying time for the paint).

Supplies:

  • One bag of round glass stones
  • Crafting magnets
  • Medium tip black permanent marker (or black paint)
  • Hot glue gun and one glue stick cartridge
  • Red acrylic paint (For this project I used some leftover red nail polish I received as a gift. I used the polish once on my fingers and toes but decided bright red nails weren't my thing. The color was too vibrant to throw out.)

If you are doing this craft, or any other craft, as a way to use up your existing art supplies, get creative and see what unexpected things you can find around the house to complete your creative projects!

Not all of your craft supplies need to come from an art store. I used leftover red nail polish to make my ladybug fridge magnet.
Not all of your craft supplies need to come from an art store. I used leftover red nail polish to make my ladybug fridge magnet.

Instructions:

1. Use the black marker to draw the ladybug's head, wing outline, and polka dots on the flat side of the glass stone. Let the ink dry for a few minutes and then go over the black marks dots again with the marker.

2. Let the ink dry completely and then carefully apply a thin coat of paint. Instead of swiping the brush across the black ink, apply the paint in small dabs over the black ink first, then fill in remaining spaces with paint. (Hint: Even though you are using a permanent marker, the ink may smudge a bit. That's why it is important to avoid using long strokes while applying the first coat of paint.)

3. Once the first coat of paint is completely dry, add a second coat.

4. When the second coat of paint is dry, use your hot glue gun to apply the fridge magnet(s) to the back. I used two small magnets because that's all I had, but if you have a larger magnet, I would recommend using that one.

When strolling through the garden,

If you should chance to see

A ladybug out walking,

Please say "Hi" for me!

For ladybugs are good bugs,

They help the garden grow

They will bring you good luck,

So always say "Hello!"

— Author Unknown
The black ink smeared a bit when I applied the red nail polish but I like the watery effect it gives the ladybug.
The black ink smeared a bit when I applied the red nail polish but I like the watery effect it gives the ladybug.

Fun Facts About Crafting

  • About 63 percent of American households complete at least one craft project last year
  • According to the Craft & Hobby Association, the retail crafting industry is valued at $43 Billion
  • More men are getting involved in crafting. They now represent 40% of all crafters.

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