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Monday, 12 September 2011

Button Magnets

Hello there and Happy Monday :)

Today's project is another fun and easy blog-make. It was one of the highest rated 'Would like to see' ideas on my crafting poll in the first week of August.

I am talking about Button Magnets.

Lella Loves... Button Magnets

My heart races when I see an old box of buttons and there is something so charming about them. It might be the crafting potential or the fact that a tub of buttons takes time and dedication to gather.

Lella Loves... Button Magnets

When people have seen my button magnets, they love them. If you like the sound of magnets which are 'as cute as a...', you will most probably want to make your own.

If so, here is a list of items you will need:

A good selection of mixed buttons
Magnets in various sizes
Hot glue gun and glue sticks
Or, Epoxy glue duo, bottle caps and toothpicks

Lella Loves... Button Magnets

When buying your magnets, try to purchases various sizes as you will most probably have buttons in various sizes.

To get started, plug in your glue gun and let it heat up.

Lella Loves... Button Magnets

Open all your magnets and separate them on to a plain white sheet. Spend some quality time choosing your buttons as once they are glued, they are permanent.

Match up the buttons with the magnet, making sure that the button is slightly larger than the magnet.

Lella Loves... Button Magnets

The best glue to use are non-toxic glue sticks which are available in all good crafting stores. They require a 'glue gun' as the glue stick is inserted and the glue melts on a metal plate. It is easy to use but do take care as melted glue gets as hot as candle wax!

If you are familiar with much stronger adhesives, you will be used to using an epoxy mix such as Araldite. This glue will come in a pack with two tubes and you simply mix the amount you require. Please read the instructions as it is stronger than super glue!

*Tip: When mixing an epoxy glue for small craft projects, save your bottle caps as they make tiny mixing pots and can be disposed of when you have finished. 

For detailed application, I suggest you mix and apply with a toothpick.

Lella Loves... Button Magnets

When using a glue gun, apply a blob of hot glue to the magnet first and, working quickly, take your  button, gently 'squidge' the button on to the hot glue and let the glue ooze up through the button holes.

Lella Loves... Button Magnets

It is very satisfying to see your button magnets on your fridge and using them is fun, knowing you made them.

Try this and do let me know how you get on.

Many thanks

Lella xx

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