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Friday, March 06, 2009

DIY Friday: Make Book Magnets - and a Giveaway!

This is something I've been dying to try for a long time: glass marble magnets. And what could be more fun than magnets featuring your favorite (or even your own!) book covers?

You need:
Flat glass marbles (I used 3/4" ones from Michaels craft store)
1/2" magnets (50/pack at Michaels)
Elmer's Glue

I tracked down book cover jpgs at Google Images then tinkered with them in Adobe InDesign to get them just the right size for the flat side of the marbles (you can use Word, Publisher, whatever). Print them out and cut circles to size. Add glue to the flat side of the marble, then affix your image face-down so that it shows through the bubbled glass. Let dry, then glue the magnet.

Here's the set I made as a gift for Joni Sensel to celebrate the launch of her new book, The Farwalker's Quest:

And here is a set of readergirlz magnets (1st row: rgz splat, Lorie Ann Grover's On Pointe, Dia Calhoun's Avielle of Rhia, Justina Chen Headley's North of Beautiful, Martha Brockenbrough's Society for the Promotion of Good Grammar; 2nd row: Janet Lee Carey's Dragon's Keep, Melissa Walker's Lovestruck Summer, Mitali Perkins' Secret Keeper, Martha Brockenbrough's Things That Make Us [Sic], and Sara Easterly and Jaime Temairik's Fashion Studio!)

You can keep them, give them as gifts, or even as a blog giveaway! Which gives me an idea...a giveaway!

Leave a comment by midnight on Saturday, March 7th, and we'll randomly choose one person to receive a set of readergirlz magnets! We'll announce the winner on Monday, so check back to see if it's you!


  1. Those are so cool - and very clever. Looks like I'll be stopping by Michael's this weekend.

  2. Very clever! You have such great ideas. Count me in for an entry!

    shelcows AT gmail DOT com

  3. Ah that is so cool! You are so crafty, Holly.

  4. How do you find time to do all this? I barely find time to write.

    I'd love a set of readergirlz magnets.

  5. Those are awesome! Enter me please!

  6. Terrific idea, Holly. I had bookcover stamps made for a couple members of my critique group when their books came out. I like the magnets even better.

  7. Very fun! My niece recently sent me a letter with a postage stamp of her cat which my brother (her dad) had made for her. I love it that everything can be personalized now.

  8. Great idea, Holly! I will definitely do these for my boys series (of course, for boys we may have to do scrach-and-sniff pizza magnets, but still ... ). Thanks!

  9. How cool! Makes me want to try and make some!