DIY Upcycle Magnets

Posted by Marcea

Ever come across a book that has water damage or some tattered comic books at a garage sale and wonder how they could be salvaged? How about upcycling them and making magnets? It's a simple, quick craft that you can put a personalized touch on. 



Take your comic, old book or photo and put one of the glass domes on top of the area that you'd like to appear on your magnet. 

Trace around the dome and then, using your X-acto, cut it out. Repeat this for all the domes. Note that the domes are different shapes so you can't use the same one to cut out all of the ones you want to use. 

Comic Book Magnets 

After you've cut out all your backgrounds dip your brush in the Mod Podge Satin and spread on the flat side of the dome. The Mod Podge will be white - don't let that worry you since it'll dry clear. 


Take the correct piece of cut paper (make sure you're using the one that fits) face down on the Mod Podge. Turn the dome over (round side up) and wiggle the dome around on a table to get the air bubbles out - use pressure while you're doing this. You'll be able to see the bubbles start to slide to the side and then disappear. Once they're all gone set it aside to dry for approximately 30 minutes. Repeat with the rest of the cut papers. 

You might notice that the edges of the paper are overlapping the dome a little. Take your X-acto knife and trim those edges up carefully after the glue has dried so you don't tear the paper (it's always best to use a sharp X-acto blade when cutting so you get a clean cut). 


Take a magnet and apply a dab of E6000 glue to the magnet. This is glue used by jewelers and has a very strong smell so be sure to use it in a well ventilated area. Place the magnet on the back of the dome and let dry overnight. 


When the magnets have dried hang them on your file cabinet at work or your fridge. Theme them for your favorite person (comic lover, wordsmith, grandparent, etc), box them up and they make a special gift! 

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