Santa Belt Magnets

Last year I got on a magnet kick.

Don’t ask me why. Sometimes you just get a wild idea and before you know it, your fingers are covered in Mod Podge and you forgot to start dinner. Am I right, or am I right?

The result was a whole bunch of these ridiculously cute Santa Belt magnets.

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Don’t worry. No humans starved during the making of these magnets. We totally had cereal for dinner that night. Problem solved!

Here’s what you need to make them: wood discs of some sort, magnets, glue, small paint brush, Mod Podge, tape, craft paint and rhinestones or gems.

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You may want to sand the wood discs – depends on which ones you buy. I liked these ones that were rounded on top, but there are plenty of options and sizes at your craft store.

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You’ll want to paint the entire magnet red. Wait for it to dry. Do another coat of red if necessary.

Then you can either freehand a black stripe for the Santa Belt or if you have an unsteady hand, like me, you can tape off the area you want to paint black. I used scotch tape to do this. It worked great. If the perfectionist in you wants to walk out to your cold garage to find the painter’s tape – I totally get it. Actually, I don’t. But, I do admire those perfectionistic tendencies! And you probably have your painter’s tape stored in some place way more handy anyway. Perfectionists for the win!

Anyway, I digress. Back to magnets…

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Now, when the black stripe is dry you can add the rhinestones. I found some gems that had a sticky back, so I just had to peel and carefully position them on the wood disc.

I then gave the entire magnet a coat of Mod Podge. This was partly because I wanted my magnets to have a bit of shine. The practical part was to make sure those rhinestones stayed in place. Santa does not want to lose his bling!

The last step was to use a dab of wood glue to hold the magnet on. Other types of strong glue would probably work fine too. I used a fairly heavy duty magnet because I wanted them to be able to hold up an extra thick holiday card.

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To “package” my magnets as gifts, I folded a piece of card stock in half and then cut out circles slightly larger than the magnet that I could “pop” the magnets into. If your card stock isn’t thick enough, you can also glue a piece of cereal box in-between your card stock to make it slightly sturdier.

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I’m still smitten with these Santa Belt magnets. Whether they are dressing up your own magnetic chalkboard, a fridge or you are giving them as a gift, I think they make a happy little addition to the Christmas season. Let me know if you give it a try!

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