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Decorative Magnets

Source: Martha Stewart


With their whirling, glass-coated patterns, these marbled magnets make an attractive addition to a refrigerator or any magnetic surface. What's more, they're easy and inexpensive to make, requiring little more than flattened glass marbles, decorative papers, and of course, magnets. As Martha demonstrates, you can also use this technique to create pushpins to embellish a corkboard.



  • Decorative papers, such as wallpaper, wrapping paper, or magazine cutouts

  • Paper punch (Martha uses 2 sizes: 1 1/2 and 3/4 inches)

  • Flattened glass marbles

  • Sobo glue

  • Super glue

  • Magnets

  • Scissors (optional)

  • Pencil (optional)


  1. Using a paper punch, cut out decorative paper rounds. Since the marbles are irregularly shaped, you may have to trim the rounds to match. You can also trace the glass marble onto the paper using a pencil and cut out the shape.

  2. Using Sobo glue, affix the printed side of the paper to a glass marble. Let the glue dry, and press out any bubbles.

  3. Using super glue, affix a magnet to the back of the paper. Let dry a few hours before using. Packaged in small boxes or tins, the magnets make wonderful gifts.

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