by Noreen Doll.
Patriotic postage stamp magnets are a quick and easy project that even kids can do.
They make a colorful addition to your refrigerator or they can be a nice little gift or favor.
What You Need
Sheet of 2 inch x 2 inch Ceramic Tiles
Postage Stamps – Either New or Canceled
Small Foam Brush
Business Card Magnets, or other magnets
What You Do
The tile sheets come with 36 tiles, so you can make quite a few magnets. I bought sheets with one or more broken tiles, which the store was glad to be able to sell, and I received a discount on each sheet.
1. Prepare the tiles. Cut the tiles apart and cut off the glue bits on the sides.
These great scissors work very well to cut things that you don’t want to cut with your paper crafting or sewing scissors.
They can be found at Harbor Freight or Walmart for just a few dollars.
2. Wipe the top of each tile with vinegar and let dry. (This cleans the tile, cuts any grease, and allows the postage stamp to stick better.)
3. Brush Mod Podge on the top of a tile.
4. While the Mod Podge is still wet, lay the postage stamp on the tile. Slide it gently around until it is how you want it on the tile.
5. Immediately gently brush another layer of the Mod Podge over the whole top of the tile, including the stamp, brushing from side to side.
Pay particular attention to making sure the Mod Podge is under all the edges and that the edges are all Mod Podged down.
6. Let dry.
Don’t worry that the top looks cloudy – it dries clear.
7. Brush 1 more layer of Mod Podge over the top, brushing from top to bottom this time – instead of side to side.
8. Let dry.
9. Cut business card magnets to fit the back.
I cut 3 magnets from each business card magnet, making them 1 1/8 inch x 1 5/8 inch.
10. I use E6000 on the sticky side of the magnet before I glue it to the back of the tile – to be sure it will stay on the tile.
Patriotic postage stamp magnets are so easy to make that you could make 2 or 3 dozen all at one time!
It would be a great family activity, as well.