Friday, April 22, 2011

Glass Magnets

Glass magnets with our favorite Star Wars guys!

You will need:
  • Clear glass stones (You'll find them in the floral section of the craft store.)
  • Magnets (Use the appropriate size for your glass. If you use a too-small magnet the glass will just drag it right off the fridge!)
  • Images of your favorite characters. (Is anyone surprised we used these adorkable Star Wars ones we found online?)
  • Mod Podge
  • Craft stick/Popsicle stick
  • Paintbrush (if using an ink printer for your images)
How to:
  1. Unless you are using a laser printer, you will need to "quick-finish" your images before starting this craft. Don't be alarmed, it's very simple! Just place a few drops of Mod Podge on your paint brush and very quickly brush a light layer over your prints. Let dry. (About 15 minutes)  Repeat on back side. This will give your pictures a shiny coat of protection that will prevent them from leaking and fading. (I actually painted a few layers on each side for an extra seal.) Trust me...don't skip this step!
  2. Place stones over each image and trace around it. Cut image out.
  3. Place a few drops of Mod Podge on craft stick and rub on to flat side of stone. Place stone over image. (You should be able to see the image through the stone. Press gently, but firmly to remove any air bubbles.
  4. Place a few more drops of Mod Podge on magnet and place glass on magnet. Press firmly. Let dry.
  5. Trim any excess paper from edges. Repair any peeling pieces with a bit more Mod Podge.
  6. Cool tip: Paint the back of your magnet with clear nail polish to prevent it from marking your fridge.
Where did we get the idea for this super awesome craft? Check out their Kid's Crafting Blog if your little one is into Star Wars!

Love it!! What a cool craft and it was fun to do. Elliott's obsession with Star Wars is reaching the, well, obsession phase and why not go with it? (Oh, and by the way, be prepared for many more upcoming Star Wars crafts. We have a birthday coming up next month and I bet everyone knows the theme!) These magnets are so flippin' awesome. They look like something you'd pay good money for. Our first go round I didn't use the "quick-finish" method and an hour after doing them, the images had faded so much you could barely tell what they were supposed to be. Lesson learned.

Elliott got a bit bored with the glue, so I eventually had to take that part over, but he was totally into deciding which character we were doing next. And there was a method, believe me! "Right after Han you have to do Chewie, because they are best friends. And then you better do Leia because Han loves her. And then the Ewoks because Leia is friends with them..."

Elliott LOVES these magnets and plays with them every. Single. Day. Seriously. His favorite pastime is to sit at the kitchen table with all the magnets face down and I have to call out a character for him to locate. Or I have to call out which character he has to put back on the fridge. Or he'll pull the characters off and match them with the action figures that he has. Or divide them into groups of dark side/light side, droid/human, Jedi/alien, bad guy/good guy. He has found so many different things to do with these magnets that this will probably become one of the best crafts we have ever made!

Elliott's Evaluation: I loved doing it! Doing the mod podge was kind of boring, but I REALLY liked picking which character we were going to do next!

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