After finally completing the curriculum work, I need a bit of break from serious school stuff. This means I have yet to write the post on the guided reading book recently read.
Instead, I decided to get my craft on!
I have been totally obsessed with Pinterest these days. Hours, and truly I mean HOURS, of the last few days have been delightfully lost roaming their boards. It's sort of like a giant bulletin board of images. You can search any category or topic. If you haven't checked it out yet, GO!
|Super strong magnets I made with my own two little glue gun burned hands!|
I have found many classroom craft ideas there that I couldn't wait to try. I have two done, and two I am mid-project. Today, I am going to show you how I made these amazing magnets for my classroom. I saw them on several different boards and thought it was just what I needed. It seems I am always looking for magnets for my whiteboard. Buying them can get expensive, so this project is not only useful, but frugal.
Here's what you need:
- A bag of clear gems from the dollar store ($1)
- Any color/pattern paper. I used solid colored scrapbook paper I had. ($0)
- Mod Podge. I was out and had to purchase some. Glad I had a coupon! ($3)
- Glue gun, which I had ($0)
- Magnets. I used the strong, black circle magnets. I had 4 and purchased some more. They came in a pack of 8. ($3)
In all, this project cost me $7 to make 12 magnets. I purchased my supplies at A.C. Moore, a local craft store. Not bad considering I am using the Mod Podge on several other projects. If I purchase another pack of magnets all the other supplies are on hand, and I have 8 more magnets for just $3. If you have purchased strong, decorative magnets you know they can be costly.
So, here's how it works. Trace the clear gem on your colored paper. Then, cut the circle a little smaller than what you traced. Use the Mod Podge to glue the paper to the flat side of the gem. I spread the glue on one side of the paper and stuck it on the gem. Make sure you smoosh it down a little so it really sticks. I then let it sit overnight. The next day, I glued the magnet to the construction paper side of the gem. That's all you need to do. Easy Peasy!
|Here's a shot of the back of the magnet.|
|And, here are some more back shots!|
It really was so easy. And, they are really strong. I think they will hold up heavier charts and laminated posters without a problem. Below is a side view of them on my fridge. They pop out just enough that it's easy to pick them up and move them around.
|Just enough room for hands big and small to move them easily.|
And, this is how my completed magnets make me feel. . .
Tomorrow, I will show you my second Pinterest inspired classroom craft.
7/31/11 UPDATE! I went to Michael's today. It's another craft store. I found the same magnets I used in this craft at a much cheaper price! The package below of 50 magnets cost $7.00, that's only 14 cents a magnet. I'm planning on making some for my coworkers as a small back to school gift.