I got this fun and easy idea from Pinterest of course!
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I used to use the glass pieces on my assemblage' boxes and paintings. They magnify anything glued under them. The only problem is that glass can be heavy. However, I loved the magnet idea. I always need a ton of magnets at school to put up late work, make up work, and no name papers. I also thought these would like great on my frig.
*glass pebbles-large or small-CLEAR
*glitter-I think the hexagonal looks great
*magnets-get the stronger ones as glass is heavyPat Catans for $7 each. I really wanted the hexagonal set (above.) I also liked the fine, oddly shaped set. I poured a little of each color on the plates so I could just dip the glass gems in it. I liked the idea of the colors mixing. If you want single colors just use separate containers.
Also at Pat Catans, I found the larger glass pebbles. I only bought one package. (Darn, I should have bought like four.) I got some of the smaller pebbles on clearance at Pier One. I also had some from past projects. You can find them in the floral section in a variety of sizes and colors.
I put a little E6000 on each pebble. I should have spread it with a foam brush but I didn't have one handy. I dipped each pebble in both types of glitter. I set aside on a paper plate. As you can see, they don't all look perfect. E6000 can be pretty messy.
I let these dry on a plate. I came back two hours later and re-glued and stuck on the magnets. At Pat Catans, I got eight really strong magnets. I used these for the bigger glass pebbles.
One tip is to space out he magnets because they will snap together if to close. I screwed up a few by letting them attach to each other while they were still wet. Let dry for 12 to 24 hours.
I ran out of the circular magnets so I glued these gems to a $1 wooden frame from Walmart. I had painted the frame with chalkboard paint first. I thought this would be cute if I put pictures of my niece and nephew in it. Then, I could write their current ages in chalk. However, let's be real, I never have room on my desk. I usually have to tape pictures to the wall.
I put a picture of our "Rosebud" in the frame.
The frame is an odd shape so I used the paper insert as a template to cut around the picture.
This was painted pink and then covered with Martha Steward glitter mixed with glue. I need unsanded grout so I can make my own chalkboard paint.
One month old. So sweet!
As always, there are different ways to do this project. I want to try putting small pictures under each pebble. However, I want to be careful around my nephew as he has a tendency to put things in his mouth. It would be cute to do numbers or the alphabet but I think it is too much of a risk at age two. I was also thinking that this might be a neat school project. We have an enrichment period where I like to do crafts before a holiday break when students don't have work. I was thinking they could bring in a picture (or we could use yearbook pics) and glue that to the bottom, let dry, and I could do the magnet part later or the next day. It is a fact that kids really like magnets! (Okay, I do too!)