I know these marble magnets have been all over the place (i.e. Not Martha, etc.), but I don't think anyone has posted them specifically on here.
flat marbles (I ordered them from this mosaic website: http://www.mosaic-witsend.com/
1/2" round magnets (from Home Depot)
1/2" hole punch (from Michael's)
hot glue + gun
oragami paper or pics from magazines
spray paint for metal
I went through all my magazines looking for 1/2" circular pics and then realized that I really like the look of oragami pattered paper. I ended up using that mostly.
So, punch up all the paper you like and take your magnet and dab a little glue on it, then place the pic down. Then, put down a little more glue (enough to cover the whole 1/2" as you squish the marble down). Place the marble on top and press it firmly down until it seems like the glue has dried (approx. 10 seconds). Beware: these magnets are strong
, so don't be surprised if their force takes over and they get pulled to your unfinished magnets.
Now, I'm an insane pack-rat and often collect things knowing that "one day I'll make something fabulous outta this here thang!" So, I've been hording Altoid tins figuring they'll come in handy sometime. Well, here's the time. I spray painted a bunch with this:
I think it's probably best to sand the tin just a little. Make sure you spray paint outdoors (cough, cough) and know that it might take a few coats to get the tin covered completely.
I glued a little sheet of paper to the bottom. The tin's the perfect gift box for 6-8 magnets.
I've given these as little gifts to friends and they've been thoroughly appreciative--you can never have enough strong, minty-smelling magnets!
P.S. Sorry for all the glare on the pix!