Easter is behind us and April is flying by. I am already thinking about May and Mother’s Day. I’d buy beautiful jewelry or clothes for my mom for Mother’s Day, but that is just not her style. She’d rather have something handmade that is unique and special and I love to create something new for her each year. This year I’m making a DIY Magnet Set for Mother’s Day! I just know she will enjoy using her Mother’s Day magnets year round and thinking of me making them for her. These DIY glass magnets are perfect for the refrigerator and you can personalize them with small photos or create a matching magnet set with patterned paper.
DIY Mother’s Day Magnets Craft
- 1 package of decorative clear glass gems aka glass pebbles (available at Dollar Tree & crafts stores)
- 1 package of magnet buttons or magnet sheet
- Clear glue for glass
- 1 sheet of scrapbook paper, magazine cutouts or photos
DIY Glass Gem Magnets Tutorial:
Choosing a paper design mom will love is a fun way to show her you notice her style or favorite colors! The type of paper that works best is one that is thick and sturdy like a scrapbooking sheet of paper. Tissue paper will not work well since it is so thin and the glue will show through it. Place the glass gems on your scrapbook paper or photos (if you want to make photo magnets). Trace around each one. Then, cut the excess paper away from the circles.
My glass pieces were not perfect circles so each one was slightly different. If your glass gems are this way, you’ll want to keep track of which piece of paper goes with each gem to make sure you have the right size and shapes match up.
Apply a small amount of glue to the back of each glass gem. You’ll want to make sure that the type of glue you are using is made for glass and will dry clear. I suggest a thin layer of Mod Podge or Quick Grip. You can get both at your local craft fairs or here is my affiliate link for Amazon. Press the paper circle or photo onto the back of the gem with the side you want to show against the glass. Carefully smooth all the air bubbles out and set the glass beads aside to dry.
Now grab your pack of magnets. When all the gems are dry apply a little glue to the back of the paper and glue magnet button to finish off your DIY glass magnets. I just used the same Mod Podge clear glue but you can use a hot glue gun here if you prefer since it is behind the paper and will not be visible.
You could use a magnet sheet instead and cut pieces to fit over the entire back of the glass gem. The magnet buttons are quicker and easier to use though and I think they are stronger and hold better.
Let the glue dry completely before using or placing the Mother’s Day magnets in a box or gift bag. You could use glass tile if you prefer a square look for your DIY magnets rather than glass pebble magnets.
Printable DIY Fridge Magnet Craft Directions
These DIY glass magnets can be made with photos of the family, scrapbook paper, magazine clippings, or any other decorative paper. Make a set of these Mother’s Day Magnets with your mom’s favorite things! Do you think you will make a DIY glass gem magnet set? What will you use for your background image? What are some of your favorite ideas for Mother’s Day presents?
These DIY Mother’s Day Fridge Magnets are a great way to show your love and they are the perfect adult craft or child craft. Will you try this homemade gift idea? Do you think these will make great gifts or are you keeping them for yourself?
Here are some more ideas for Mother’s Day gifts from kids.