DIY Stocking Stuffer: Make Easy, Personalized Magnets for Everyone on Your List

Transform clear glass gems into adorable magnets customized for all your friends and family.

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We've all been there: Christmas is swiftly approaching and you need to come up with lots of little gifts fast, maybe for a large group of friends, coworkers or extended family members. We've gotcha covered. These DIY magnets are inexpensive, easy to make in large batches and can be personalized for everyone on your list. Here's how: 

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These magnets are fun, easily customized and simple to make.

You can pick up a large bag of glass gems (look for them in the floral section of your craft store) and a pack of magnets for $10 to $15 and make dozens of these little guys. I started by flipping through old issues of Food Network Magazine and cutting out small photos of everything from bacon to doughnuts to ice cream sundaes (for the foodie). But think of the other possibilities: You could use maps (for the traveler), Instagram photos (for your bestie), ticket stubs (for the movie/music lover), kids' artwork (for the grandparents). Follow these easy steps to make these customized magnets yourself:

Materials Needed

  • decorative glass gems
  • 3/4" round ceramic magnets
  • magazines, photos or pretty paper
  • Mod Podge
  • scissors
  • paintbrush

Prep Your Paper

Start by cutting your image down to a more manageable size, a couple of inches larger in diameter than your gem. Tip: When flipping through magazines or photos, use a gem as a guide to find images that are the perfect size for your magnets.

Attach Gem to Paper

With a paintbrush, brush a thin coat of Mod Podge onto the flat side of a gem, then press it firmly onto the paper. Let dry for about 20 minutes or until the Mod Podge is completely clear.

Cut Excess Paper

After the Mod Podge is dry, grab your scissors and cut around the gem to remove the excess paper. You'll probably have to take a second pass to clean up any ragged edges.

Attach Magnet to Gem

Add a dot of hot glue to the flat side of the gem. Press a magnet firmly onto the gem and let dry. And you're done — it's that easy! To package your magnets up as gifts, try putting them in a small tin — they'll stick to the metal and stay in place.

More Ways to Personalize

The sky is the limit. Here are a few other ideas I tried (or wanted to try).

  • Photos - High-contrast photos show up best through the glass, so your heavily filtered Instagram pics will work great. For photos of people, it's ideal if there's a bit of background around the subjects so no heads are awkwardly cropped.
  • Glitter - I used three coats of glitter glue sealed with a final layer of Mod Podge. Be sure to let each coat dry thoroughly.
  • Letters - I used gold letter stickers from the scrapbooking section of my craft store.
  • Book pages - Colorful comic book pages would look especially cool.
  • Beer labels - The smaller labels around the neck of the bottle are the perfect size.
  • Maps
  • Ticket stubs
  • Kids' artwork
  • Playing cards
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