Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Altered Birch Magnets

The moment I spotted these birch discs at Michael's, I knew they would be perfect for altered magnets. Add in a collage sheet from ARTchix Studio, and you have a quick and easy project to spruce up your memo board!

Here are the birch discs before altering. So many possibilities! I think these would be sweet for pendants or charms too. I love the little squiggly bits of bark, so I left those, but you can easily snip them off for a cleaner look.

Altered Birch Magnets Supplies by Kimberly Jones

To create some magnets for yourself or a friend you just need a few basic supplies:
*Collage Images - "Lovely Lenses" ARTchix Studio
*Birch Discs
*Sharp Detail Scissors {Or a circle punch if you prefer}
*Gel Medium or Decoupage Medium {I used Liquitex Matte Medium, but any kind will work
*Inexpensive Paint Brush
*Embellishments {rhinestones, beads, buttons, etc.}
*Tacky Glue - "The Ultimate" - Crafter's Pick

Altered Birch Magnets Tutorial by Kimberly Jones

Follow these steps to create the magnets:

*Begin by selecting the collage images you want to use for the magnets.
*Cut or punch out the images to fit on the birch discs.
*Use gel medium to glue the image to the disc and add a coat to the top to seal.
*Add embellishments with tacky glue.
*Add a self-adhesive magnet to the back of the disc.

Some fun alternatives for the collage images would be monograms, buttons or other embellishments, found objects...the list is endless! I hope you enjoyed the tutorial and have fun making your own magnets!



  1. Wonderful idea and tutorial, Kimberly!
    Need to go to Michael's now! :)

  2. Love these - really like the touch of leaving the natural squiggly bits of bark too!

  3. What a fun make, Kimberly, very pretty--and I never have enough magnets!