bubble magnets – tutorial

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It’s that time again!
I’m going show you how to make some stuff from my last giveaway 😀
Bubble Magnets

They were so fun and easy to put together, and make PERFECT Christmas gifts.
What you’ll need:
  • print out of your images (or fun scrapbook paper, etc)
  • clear glass gems (found in the floral section of the craft store)
  • magnets
  • hot glue gun and sticks
  • Mod Podge
  • small paint brush
  • scissors
STEP ONE:  Print out your images.  I found these insect images from The Graphics Fairy.

STEP TWO:  Hold your image up to one of the glass pieces and cut around the glass.

STEP THREE:  Apply a coat of Mod Podge to the front of your image.  Then, apply to the flat side of the glass piece.  It will look foggy at first, but will dry clear.  Let them dry a bit before starting the next step.

STEP FOUR:  Apply a good amount of hot glue to the back of your magnet and place on the back of your glass piece. 
Bing, bang, boom… you’re done!

I’ll be linking up to these fab parties!


  1. Our Delightful Home Avatar

    Cute idea

    ~Mrs. Delightful

  2. vannapk1 Avatar

    Stopping by from Tip Junkie. These are very cool, thanks for the wonderful tutorial, I can't wait to try it myself, thanks!

  3. Kim @ Sand and Sisal Avatar

    I was just thinking about making some of these yesterday and your post is confirmation I need too! 🙂 I'm visiting today from my sister's link party (Home Stories A to Z). Have a great day!

  4. Aimee Avatar

    These are DARLING!!! I'm your newest follower!!!

    Hugs, Aimee @ ItsOverflowing.com

  5. Amanda Avatar

    My girls and I are going to give this a try! Thank you!

  6. elizabeth@themustardceiling Avatar

    Such a cute and easy DIY! Thanks for sharing.

  7. Junky Vagabond Avatar

    You make this look easy – going to have to try this! Visiting from Coastal Charm – Jill

  8. Jami Avatar

    OK…pretty sure I'm going to make some of these tomorrow…toooooo cute! Thanks so much for stopping by and sharing your wonderfully cool magnets at the Tuesday To Do Party!

  9. marissa Avatar

    I love love love these. This would be perfect for a friend of my for christmas yea! I'd love it if you would add this to my party over at http://raegunwear.blogspot.com

  10. Lynn Avatar

    I am so going to try this, thank you for the tutorial 🙂

  11. Alecia Avatar

    I love the insects pictures you used. The glass makes them look almost like they were pinned! I'm your newest follower


  12. Lish Avatar

    I LOVE this..so many options for photos too!!! Thanks!Coming over from Someday Crafts!


  13. Shannon Avatar

    LOVE LOVE LOVE!!! Thank you for this simple but stunning idea!

  14. Vicky Avatar

    That is genius! What a great idea. Thanks for sharing. I am a new FB fan from Creations by Kara. Vicky from Mess For Less

  15. aimee Avatar

    I was thinking about doing something like this. i love that you have used bug images it makes it look like they are perserved inside if you know what i mean. Xxx

  16. Andrea Avatar

    These are so sweet, and I love the images you chose! I'll have to try some myself =)

  17. Sherree Avatar

    Popped over from Remodelaholic and I think these would be great to make with my granddaughters. THe problem will be to decide what to use for the pitures. I love the bugs.

  18. Rose Avatar

    Awesome tutorial and so easy! Perfect for Christmas presents.

  19. Jessica @ {The.Junk.Nest.} Avatar

    I've been casually looking for these "kits" at craft stores when I go looking for other things. I never knew these were done like this! Thanks for sharing!

  20. Carrie @ My Favorite Finds Avatar

    Funny I came across this today. I am making lap desks for Christmas gifts, and I wanted to make some magnets for them. Thanks for sharing this!

  21. Amy Avatar

    Great idea! I am definitely doing this. You could do this with different holidays and bring them out when you change your decorations.

  22. Bonnie ~ a wee Meenit Avatar

    these are so fun! I can't wait to try this!
    I would love for you to come and link this up to our Christmas blog hop!

  23. syl Avatar

    I'm a little confused. Does the mod podge act as a glue for gluing the picture to the back of the glass piece? I think beach scenes would look good underneath blue glass beads. Use them at the office to day dream every once in a while.

  24. Marie Avatar

    I love these homemade personalized magnets! So glad you linked up with us!


  25. A Vintage Vine Avatar

    Shelly, these are wonderful….Love how your giveaways are homemade, thanks for the how-to!

  26. Rosemary@villabarnes Avatar

    Very cute, and so simple.

  27. Kassi @ Truly Lovely Avatar

    Those are too fun! The bugs were an interesting and unique choice! 🙂 Love it! Thanks for sharing this on Fancy This Fridays! 🙂 Especially during a busy Holiday weekend!!!

  28. At The Picket Fence Avatar

    Oh my goodness! These are so clever! I am so going to remember these for gifts. Thank you for sharing them with us at Inspiration Friday!


  29. Somu (Woodooz) Avatar

    Wow, beautiful idea !!! Very very very creative !

  30. trophyw.blogspot.com Avatar

    These are great. I think they would make great teacher gifts. Thanks for sharing.

  31. Pawleys Island Posh Avatar
  32. Za faran Avatar

    That was super cool and looks great too!

  33. Stacy Curran Avatar

    Those are beautiful results – i SOOOO wish I had the patience!

  34. notyet100 Avatar

    So cute

  35. Amy @ Positively Splendid Avatar

    What a perfect stocking stuffer idea! I featured this in my Saturday Seven Spotlight this morning. Thanks for linking up to my Saturday Seven Party! http://www.positivelysplendid.com/2011/12/saturday-seven-spotlight.html

  36. Anonymous Avatar

    I like all of your ideas! Thank you!

  37. QuadShotMom Avatar

    Thanks for this one! I have all the stuff already! 🙂

  38. bumble & dola Avatar

    Love this idea! And they would make great christmas presents. Especially for folks in the office! Thanks!

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