I know that's what I thought when I first saw this awesome magnetic pin dish at Sawdust and Paper Scraps(be sure to check out hers, too!). Of course I waited until 3 days before Christmas to make it, but anyway... (I blame it on the fact that I have no Michaels in Montreal to get supplies, only when I go home to Ottawa, and that I would not have any space to spray paint inside at my apartment anyway)
Supplies, where I got them, and how much they cost:
~ glass rose decorated plate- dollar store, 1$ (pictured ^^)
~ glass candle holder- dollar store, 1$ (pictured^^)
~ strong magnets- Michaels, 4 for 5$ (I used 3)
~ Spray paint- Michaels, 5$ (with 50% off coupon!) I got Krylon Ocean Breeze, which I've seen a lot of people using lately.
~ Epoxy glue, or E6000 (which I do not have, but original maker used that), on hand
Total: 12$ (less if you have some materials on hand)
Look on grand-ma's face when she opened it: PRICELESS
That's the beauty of making something hand-made for the grand-parents, and you don't need to be a kid for it to be effective!
Alright, so here's how I did it, it varied from the original tutorial quite a lot.
First, since I had a plate with a nice flowery design on the bottom which I wanted to conserve, I turned it upside down and only spray painted the bottom. I only did this once (dried overnight) before moving on to the next step. Also, I did not use a glass primer. Krylon Indoor/Outdoor says it's good for glass (this was my first experience with Krylon!). And I figured that I'm not gonna be painting the inside of the plate where scratching by the pins could occur, it would be good. I dunno if I did the right thing... but I didn't want to buy glass primer on top of that. Does anyone have experience spray painting Krylon on glass without primer? Will my gift hold up?
I used a handy-dandy box to contain the spray painting, even though it didn't go too far and it was in my dad's super messy garage. Oh and don't mind the horrible picture please, it was to illustrate this point. My dad did not want to wait for me to take a ton of pictures in the hope that I would get at least 1 right, haha! (he was helping me, though I didn't really need help, but it was good father-daughter bonding time :) Yes, I get the crafty gene from my dad! )
For the magnets. They were the strongest I could find , but I felt like one did not have a good magnetic radius, so I put 3. Glued with epoxy. Make sure they will fit inside the candle holder!
EDIT: I saw someone comment about not putting it too close to the computer/electronics on one of the pins from this post. I don't think it's THAT strong of a magnet, but I understand that you would want to take precautions. I would think that unless you put it directly on top of the computer and monitor, then you should be ok. I mean, how close does the pin have to be to get pulled by the magnets in the dish anyway... I'd say a couple inches... For more info about computers and magnets, I'm referring you to this article.
Why is there masking tape holding them, you ask? Well, if you'll remember from elementary school (I think?!), magnets have 2 poles, north and south poles. North pole is attracted to south pole, but north poles repel each other. Well, they being so close to each other, if they were on the opposite side from one an other (like one's north pole facing glass, and the other's south pole facing glass), they would just stick together. So we put them all with their north pole facing the glass, but that meant they would repel each other! So there we were having glued them, but they would not stay in the center!! So we put a bit of masking tape until the glue was set. We were careful to not put the masking tape over the glue, and all was good, no peeling.
We let that be for maybe an hour before gluing the candle holder (which was not painted yet). Sorry, forgot to take more in progress pictures :S Let that be for a couple of hours and then spray painted once over the whole thing, with it upside down, before going to bed and letting it dry for the night. Then spray painted 2 more coats in the morning and late afternoon the next day (it was the 24th, I had to wrap it up!). That's it!
The only thing that irks me, that I can't fix, is that since I only put one coat on the plate before gluing everything, there is a spot in the middle that has less paint than the sides and it shows. At least I don't think my grand-ma really noticed, but it does bug me some.
If I were to make one again with the same technique, I would either spray paint just the plate a couple of times before gluing the magnets, or protect most of the plate while painting the candle holder once it's all glued together. I suppose you could paint both pieces separately also, but then the glue might show.
For more crafty projects to make, check out my project gallery, craft section.
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