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Nov 12 2012
5 years ago
6:03 PM MST

Hip2Save This Holiday: Creative & Frugal Homemade Magnet Gifts

Nov 12, 2012 @ 6:03 PM MST
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Hip2Save This Holiday Guest Post Submitted By Reader Kristen

This set of refrigerator magnets was made from a well-loved edition of Guess How Much I Love You. It is the perfect gift for a grandma or an elementary school teacher. It’s easy to do!

Here’s what you need:

*Sturdy paper.  You may use a child’s book with illustrations, old Christmas cards, coordinating scrapbook papers, or even photos.
*1 (or more) packages of bubble magnets (available at Staples for less than $2 each)
*Modge Podge (you can buy it at the craft store or make your own using equal parts Elmer’s and water)
*Craft glue or a hot glue gun

Here’s what you do:

The process is very simple.  I picked up a couple packages of bubble magnets at Staples for $1.99 each. I have also seen them at Walmart and craft stores, but they are more expensive.

Remove the magnet from the back and carefully peel off the graphic from the plastic bubble. They come off very easily.

Brush Modge Podge on the underside of the acrylic bubble, being careful not to get it on your fingers or on the top of the bubble.  Carefully place your circle cutout face-down onto the Modge Podge. Then, flip it back over onto some aluminum foil or parchment paper. You should be looking at your image under the plastic bubble! Press out any air pockets and continue with the rest of the circles until you are finished.

Now your bubbles are ready to dry!

Double check to make sure you didn’t get any Modge Podge on the tops of the bubbles. If you did, wipe it off with a damp sponge.  Double check for air bubbles as well.  It helps to weigh the tops of the magnets with a heavy book while they dry. This may take several hours.

Once dry, glue the magnets to the back of the bubbles using a hot glue gun or heavy-duty craft glue. Allow to dry completely.

That’s it. You’re done! Aren’t they adorable? Gift the magnets in a tin or recycled jewelry gift box. I’ve even used empty candy boxes for a sweet presentation.

For more information on my new Hip2Save This Holiday series and to learn how you can participate in the fun, click here!

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