Christmas Craft/Gift #1

Well, I didn’t fall off the face of the Earth.  I’m still here.  Things have been so busy at the day job I haven’t had the energy or any motivation to work on projects, but I was definitely missing it and you guys.

Can you believe it’s almost Thanksgiving?  Christmas songs have started on the radio, the stores are all decorated, shopping has started and I thought I need to get busy!

If you are anything like me, money is really tight this year, so I’m going to come up with some home-made gifts for family and friends, and I thought I would share some ideas with you guys.  So, in the next few weeks, I will post my projects and share some other great ideas from around blog land with you all for gifts and decorating for the holidays.  I think the decorating is one of my favorite parts of this time of year and I’ve got some really great things to share with you.

So, lets get started!

Now, I know this project has been done, I didn’t think of it myself and there are other tutorials out there on it, but I thought I’d share with you the steps I took to create these cute decorative magnets.

Here’s what you need:

1 bag of large clear accent gems.  Found these at Dollar Tree.  They are the large ones (about 1″ in diameter). There are about 25 in each bag.

Mod Podge

Small paint brush – foam or bristle

From K & Company Life’s Journey paper pad

 Any kind of decorative paper.  I used scrapbook paper and sheet music.

Magnet tape. – You need it to be kind of strong because the gems are a little heavy.

Scissors.

Glue Gun.

First, cut out your images to fit on the flat side of the gems.  I traced around the edge and then cut them out.  Each gem is a little different.

Excuse the horrible picture.  Didn’t realize I only took one of this stage and it was wayyy out of focus.

Then take a little Mod Podge and brush some on the flat side of the gem and place your paper piece face down onto the glue and smooth it on.

Ok…this one isn’t much better.

Brush a little more Mod Podge onto the other side of the paper to protect it.

Cut your magnet tape and hot glue it to the bottom of the gem.

And…Ta Da!  You are done!

I made 6 sets of 4 to give as gifts.

Arent’ they cute?

 Love the sheet music ones.

So, here’s the cost break-down.

$1.00 – gems
$.25 – paper
$1 – magnetic tape (It is about $1.99 for a roll and I only used about half.)

So, $2.25 for 6 gifts!  Not bad.

Linking to:

Home Stories A2Z Tutorials and Tips

Not Just a Housewife Show Me What Ya Got 

Creative Kristi Workin On It Wednesday


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8 thoughts on “Christmas Craft/Gift #1

  1. kewl idea I've had these exact papers for the past 3 years needs to put them to good use with this tut.Would luv for my readers to discover your blog, will you please join our weekly party athttp://www.passionatelyartistic.com/2011/11/thanksgiving-showcase-tutorial-with.htmlhave a great crafting week!Maggiehttp://passionatelyartistic.com

  2. I LOVE this! I would love if you would share this at the Crazy Cute link party happening at Between U & Me right now! I've got a totally awesome giveaway this week, too!OOH! AND, I'm your newest follower! ;)www.betweenuandme.com

  3. I have made a bunch of these also. One thing I did differently was cutting the paper a bit larger than the stones and after the Mod Podge dries I use a razor blade to trim the excess paper. This saves the step of tracing each individual stone. Also, I picked up prepasted circular magnets at Walmart. Probably a little pricier but easy to attach and they are strong enough to hold the stones.I really love the sheet music magnet…next idea possibly?

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