I just can’t stop thinking of more adorable magnetic needleminders that you can make to customize your stitching.
My magnet board is now chick full of them because I cleaned up many old projects.
Even so I keep finding more great tutorials for making the fronts of magnets.
Today I have two for you.
Ice-cube tray magnets uses a vintage novelty ice cube tray (the tutorial from the blog Plaster & Disaster uses Pac-man), quick-setting cement and craft paints to make adorable little figures. You could also use air-dry clay for this. If you are more adventurous you could use polymer clay to mold your fronts and not paint.
Recycled Charms uses blank pet ID tags or other items as the base to make charms using many materials including nail polish, buttons, paper or photographs. The post on DIY Craft Tutorial has lots of fantastic ideas.
To make needleminders instead of charms, you won’t need holes or rings.
Once you have made your item, you need to turn it into a needleminder. For this you need two things:
- superglue – I like ES-6000, although other types work
- strong ceramic or rare earth magnets – do NOT use magnets from the craft store, even if they are labeled as “strong;” they are not strong enough.
Glue one magnet to the back of your decorative item. Put the other magnet aside and let dry overnight. Once dry, put the second magnet on top of the first and it’s ready to be used.
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Janet Perry is the Internet's leading authority on needlepoint. She designs, teaches and writes, getting raves from her fans for her innovative techniques, extensive knowledge and generous teaching style. A leading writer of stitch guides, she blogs here and lives on an island in the northeast corner of the SF Bay with her family
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