Moved to

Monday, 29 June 2009

The Hippest Magnets in Town - How To

I love how well these magnets have turned out! They are simple to make and fun to paint!

So get ready... here's the few easy steps to making your fridge or workspace embellished with these happy blobs!!

1. What you need...

  • Split Wooden Balls
  • Acrylic Paint
  • Paint Brushes
  • Varnish (don't need this - I just think it adds to a nice finish)
  • Magnets
  • Palette

After my move to the UK, I left a lot of my art equipment behind... including my favorite palette!
However, I need not fret! All I did was cover a plate with cling wrap, so that when it comes time to clean up, all I have to do is whip it off with all the paint and throw it in the bin!

2. Sketch...

Before you start painting, it's a good idea to sketch some ideas so you have something to go off. There are so so sooo many things you could paint! (I've gone for a bright and colorful theme, but there's nothing from stopping you from having a more natural look, or a theme, animal faces, ANYTHING!!)
(and just in case you can't see what my pencil reads, it says, "Made from recycled plastic". How kind to the planet is that!)

3. Start Painting

Now the fun begins!! I start by painting the back of the split ball.
You don't need to paint the back, I just think it makes it look more finished. Once that is dry paint the front. This can get a little tricky, so make sure you have some scrap paper down.
I started by painting all the split balls a different colour.

This is just to show how I went about putting the different layers on one of them...

4. Varnish...

Just follow the instructions for whatever varnish product you use...

4. Attach the magnets...

Attach the magnet to the back. (The magnets that I used had a self adhesive backing - bonus!)

And that's it! I would love to see some photos of magnets that you've made using this concept!

le Galleria...

Remember, if you are interested in getting some hemispheres to make some of these yourself, let me know in the comments section so I can make them available!

If you like what you see.. please forward to a friend to get my crafty blogs out there!

Over and Out!


  1. Do you ever sell these? If so, how do you package them? Started a thread about it on my blog a couple days ago, and I would *adore* more thoughts!

  2. Hey Beth, I'm not selling these at the moment, but may start selling them unpainted as a supply. I would post them in bubble lined envelopes, or in a box with padding. Either way, they are made out of wood so pretty sturdy!

    And thank you very much Teddy Started It!!!

  3. Great tutorial! Such clear, informative pictures. And such a cute product. :)

  4. Thanks Melissa! Your kind words are really appreciated!

  5. These are too cute! I wish I had some for my kids' artwork on the fridge. Thanks for entering the Make it From Scratch Carnival!

  6. Too much fun, I can't wait to make some of these!

  7. Well done!!! Clear, concise directions, good pics, and it looks like an absolutely great project. Thanks so much for sharing!

  8. I like your tut and linked you in this weeks luscious link love.

  9. So lovley and so easy - a great idea!

  10. I have been searching for ages for wooden hemespheres. please would you conact me if you are selling them now. if you are not, would you let me know where you got them? Thank you so much for your help! Anna
    info [!at]

  11. The magnets look so good, thanks for showing the method for the fabrication, I love to collect this types of magnets.