Thursday, June 16, 2011

DIY: Button Magnets


I bought a bag of cheap plastic black and white buttons and thought I could make button magnets with them. Of course if you like your button as-is then all you have to do is glue the button to the magnet; I wasn’t excited about my nondescript buttons so I wanted to dress them up a little bit with color.



SUPPLIES
  • Flat backed button (that is larger than the magnet)
  • Round magnet (mine is 0.5 inch in diameter)
  • Strong glue
  • Paint (I used acrylic paint and nail polish)
  • Paintbrush and/or sponge (I used a cosmetic sponge)
  • Paint tray (or any piece of plastic; e.g. washed out TV dinner plate or plastic lid)
  • Newspaper (or any type of paper to cover your work area)

DIRECTIONS

— 1 —
Squeeze acrylic paint onto the paint tray. Using your paintbrush, paint the button in whatever way you find pleasing (and it may take a couple of coats for the paint to look even). If you’re using multiple colors, you may want to wait for the first color to dry before applying another color.

— 2 —
Apply glue to magnet.

— 3 —
Place button on top of the glue, keeping the button centered over the magnet. Button magnet complete.

I applied gold acrylic paint with a sponge over a black button.

I used nail polish as my paint in this button magnet.





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