A lot of you regular readers know that every November, I volunteer heading up my local writers’ group. We decided this year that we would hold a silent auction fundraiser for NaNoWriMo, and I made a couple sets of book page magnets for my book-addicted friends! If you have book-fans on your Christmas list this year, this is a fun gift you can make.
What you’ll need:
- Old book(s), a pencil, and scissors to create your clippings
- Clear glass tiles (often available on Etsy or at consumercrafts.com)
- Mod Podge
- Something firm and flat to act as a squeegee, like an old club card
- Heavy-duty magnets
- Heavy-duty adhesive (I use E6000)
First… you have to find a book you’re willing to murder. Check consignment stores, used book stores, etc – you can many times find a beaten-up paperback copy of a book you love for a project like this. You can also just scan a page of your favorite book if you have access to a scanner.
Find the words, themes, or characters you want to feature. Trace your glass tiles with the work you like centered. Clip them out.
Now, add a drop of Mod Podge onto each clipping.
Use a paintbrush to spread it around. It’s okay if it starts to curl up. Then, press your clear glass tile onto the top.
Now, flip it over and use a card or squeegee to remove the excess Mod Podge.
It will seep over the edges, but that’s okay. It wipes off really easily – and if it manages to dry before you have a chance to wipe it, you can scratch it off instead.
Now, give the backside a coat of Mod Podge and let it dry for 20-30 minutes. Then, add you magnets. These you will have to let dry far apart from each other – the magnets WILL attract! (Even dry, I wasn’t able to photograph them together without sticking them to a piece of metal!)
Let them dry at least a few hours, preferably overnight.
Then, you have a nice set for gifting!
They raised a few dollars each in our auction, so I was happy to be able to contribute them! Which books would you like to see turned into decor pieces?