This craft goes out to our nephew, Anderson. He’s 6 years old and he’s a mini geologist with a passion for rocks, geodes and crystals. When we went to visit him in California he would show us his huge rock collection every morning. He’d take 15 minutes to set them all up and then would walk us through his collection slowly while we chugged our cups of coffee…Anyway, after we got home we realized we didn’t own any rocks or crystals so today we decided to make our own geode magnets using watercolors, glass flat beads and salt!
To make these beauties:
Wet the paper about the size of your beed with your brush then add small drops of different colors. Wetting the paper first will help blend the colors together and help give that geode look. Delicately swirl the colors, but be careful not to over mix the colors. While it’s still wet sprinkle on some sea salt, it leaves great texture. After the paint fully dries lightly rub the salt off.
Trace your flat glass bead around your geode. We added some details with a white, gold and silver pen for a little extra sparkle and bling.
Add Mod Podge to the flat side of your bead and tightly press together. The Mod Podge didn’t effect the water color when we did it, but if you’re worried about your water color bleeding or smearing you can spray the paper with a sealent or tape over it with clear tape to protect it before gluing.
Cut around the bead once the Mod Podge has dried. Add a magnet to the back with some hot glue.
We’re loving these magical mystical magnets! Hope our 6 year old geologist loves making them too!
Wow?These are beautiful! Where do you get the flat glass beads? Thanks for sharing this!
Hi Bob! Thanks so much! We found the beads at Michaels and have seen them at A.C. Moore.
These are so cool – I really like the metallic accents you added! Thanks for sharing with Merry Monday this week!
Thanks, Emily! You guys rock! Always great to "link up" with you! Xo
These look fab! Anderson sounds like quite a character, isn’t it lovely when someone so young has such a passion for something so interesting.
Thanks Julie! Yes, Anderson is the best! If you’re really interested, he’s in a few of our YouTube videos! He’s a riot! Xo
What did you use for the color? Gel ink or just regular paint? These are really cute! Would be helpful if you put a materials/supplies list at the top and any links or something for easily finding them 🙂
Thank you for letting us know! We usually always have a material list, we will have to add one in! We used typical watercolors for this, but both should work just fine!