project // glittered heart magnets
I gotta tell ya...it feels a little strange to be sharing a project for making sparkly pink hearts at the end of February. Like, I missed a deadline or something. But no, I committed to using the shape of a heart for all of this month, and I'm embracing it! (Maybe I should have gone with a heart that starts looking like the leaf of a St. Patrick's Day clover, like Nancy Zieman did.)
These magnets, however, are inspired by these magnets...
...which reside on our fridge all year 'round. Actually, they've been on our fridge most of the time, since I was about 3 years old. They aren't about Valentine's Day, they are just hearts, and we like hearts around here. So I think we can stand to have some glittery hearts all the time too!
The best part about these is that it uses the least messy glitter that I've ever worked with. Folk Art Extreme Glitter Paint is a paint that is really more like a glittery glaze. With just a few coats you'll have extreme glitter, and virtually no mess because the sparkle is suspended in the paint. If you do get some on your hands, it washes off so easily. Yes!
So let's make some magnets!
Here's what you need:
Extreme Glitter Paint
Start by gluing the magnets to the back of the discs. You could do this later, but they will lift the disc off the work surface, which helps as you paint to the edge of the disc.
Let the glue dry a bit.
Draw or trace hearts onto a piece of masking tape.
Cut out the hearts and place each one on a wooden disc. Rub the hearts down so that the paint won't get under the edges.
Paint the surface of the wooden disc. I found that three good coats of this paint gave a nice glitteriness. Which, apparently is not a word. How is glitteriness not a word?
Anyway, use as many coats as you like. They dry fairly quickly, so you won't have to wait too long between coats.
After your final coat has dried, carefully, carefully peel the tape heart away. Because this glaze dries with a sort of coating, if you just tear away the heart, you might peel the paint, and you don't want that.
For cute hearts, add a face. A toothpick dipped in black paint is a great way to add these details. Of course, this is optional, but I highly recommend it.
Hooray! Happy heart magnets with glitteriness!
They're cute, useful, and when the light catches them, they make me smile even more than the hearts themselves!