There’s nothing quite like a practical, pretty, and hand-made gift for Christmas. These ceramic tile magnets are a tiny and useful gift for that special someone on your list. Let’s learn how to make easy DIY hand painted magnets.
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HOW TO MAKE EASY DIY HAND PAINTED MAGNETS
Now, I know what you *may* be thinking.
“Julie, ain’t no way anything handpainted is easy!”
Well, today I’m going to show you just how easy these DIY handpainted magnets can be to make. These are just about as easy as my Coastal Wood Bead Garland (another great gift idea)!
Last year, I made a set of magnets for some of the women in my family. My daughter actually got teary-eyed when she opened the box. What I thought was something simple and easy (which it was) turned out to be a big “hug” to the women that I dearly love.
What’s more, these cute little ceramic tile magnets are easy to personalize and give as gifts because you can use any color of paint, any pattern, and create a few or a flock of magnets to give as a gift (and make sure to keep a set for yourself, too!)
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What You Will Need
Here are the items you will need for these simple and lovely handpainted tile magnets:
- Hexagon Ceramic Tiles
- Industrial Ceramic Circle Magnets
- DecorArt Americana Acrylic Paint (Here’s a variety pack with lots of options)
- Detail Paint Brush (Here’s a nice inexpensive set that is bound to have a length you like)
- E6000 Adhesive (not shown in photo)
- Matte Sealing Spray (not shown)
- two small bowls (one for paint, one for water to rinse your brush)
- Sturdy piece of cardboard or wood board
- Paper (to practice strokes and patterns)
- Rubbing Alcohol and cotton
How to Make Easy DIY Hand Painted Magnets
The easiest part of this whole project is prepping your tiles. Just wipe the surface of each tile with a cotton pad/ball dampened with rubbing alcohol and let dry for a minute. That’s it!
Let’s practice some strokes and patterns!
- Start by doing some simple strokes on a piece of white paper. (Pro-tip: Let you paintbrush ‘follow’ where your eye leads. Don’t look at your brush, look where you want your brush to go. It feels weird at first, but trust me, it works!)
- To paint dots, simply dip the handle end of your brush into the paint and ‘dot’ five times on your paper (without re-dipping your handle). Now you’ve made five descending dots! Practice this for a bit… you may realize you need to do a ‘blotting’ dot in order to create certain patterns.
- Next, create some simple patterns on your piece of paper. Easy dot patterns, simple strokes with dots, arrows, swirls with dots, or even holly and berries (they aren’t as hard as they may look). (Pro-tip: Dots are the easiest thing to “paint”, and pack a lot of punch!)
Paint and Assemble Your Easy DIY Handpainted Magnets
When you feel you have had enough practice, simply paint your patterns on to your tiles. If you make a mistake, you can wipe the tiles off with a wet cloth. If the paint has dried, it will wipe off with rubbing alcohol.
Be sure to paint them on the cardboard or wooden board.
After the paint has dried, you can carry the board outside and lightly spray the tiles with matte sealer. This step is optional but will protect the paint in case the magnets need to be cleaned after some use.
The last step is to simply attach the magnets. A word of caution… these magnets are quite strong and will easily pull together. Be sure to keep the magnets a good distance apart (experiment before attaching… you’ll see what I mean).
Place a dollop of E6000 on the back of the magnet and affix to the tile.
After you have assembled the magnets, flip them over and place a heavy book on them for 24 hours (the more spiritual the book the better…kidding!). This will ensure that the magnets and tiles are strongly bonded.
The Finished Product
Now you can stand back and look at your finished product.
And what better place to use these but a refrigerator?!
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Other places the ceramic tile magnets can be used:
- Office Filing Cabinet
- Command Center
- Locker (do they still have those?!)
- Recipe holder on a range hood
And, these don’t just have to be Christmas presents… Think:
- Hostess Gift (have 5 or six sets handy for a quick gift)
- Bridal Shower Gift
- College Dorm-warming
Now It’s Your Turn
Will you be making these easy DIY hand-painted magnets? Tell me, what colors will you paint yours? Do you know someone that would really appreciate this little gift?
Next on the tour is my sweet friend Kelly from The Tattered Pew. She has a yummy DIY gift that will be perfect for anyone, plus a free printable!