2.12.2009

DIY Bee Mine Magnets

Since I suck at card making, I decided to craft something different to send out as valentines. Using materials I had lying around, I made these little magnets. They were quite fun to make, and I'm so glad they turned out! Here's how I did it:
1. Paint 3/4" wooden hearts yellow, let dry.
2. Paint black stripes using the trusty sharpie, let dry.
3. Paint a coat of sparkle glaze to add glitter and shine, let dry.
4. Cut 4 pieces of 'wings' out of sparkly ivory tulle for each magnet, same size as the wooden hearts.
5. Stack them in twos and overlap them as shown to make the pair of wings.
6. Place wings on bee body and line them up at the tip as shown, add a dab of tacky glue at the tip.
7. Top it off with a 'head' of your choice, I used a piece of my cold black heart (black metal heart bead).
8. Using gold beading wires (I had to quadruple it up because they were so thin), I attached the flower bead as shown, and curl the opposite end of the wires to fit inside the magnet.
9. Placing the curled wire on top of the magnet, I added a good dab of tacky glue.
10. Press the bee on top of the glue (see right pic for back view)
11. You can use those mini craft C-clamps to keep it all in place til the glue dries. In the ghetto we just sit on 'em like this:
Voila!
With the valentines, I included a homemade sweet treat - Love Bark (which is like rice krispies treats on crack, really really good crack). I can't get them to look half as appealing as they taste, but dayam they taste like heaven. I also printed a little ingredients list with it (in case recipients have allergies).

I printed the 'BEE MINE' pattern on a piece of vellum and wrapped everything up in it with some twine, then finished it off with those recycled tags I made.
And off they went to be delivered.

Added bonus: here's the closest thing to a bee 'fit you'll ever find me in :D
Hope you're having a happy valentines week!

7 comments:

  1. Wow! You're so crafty! I'm impressed! :)

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  2. These are just BEYOND cute! SO creative! The wings blow me away!

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  3. What an adorable idea! I love it!!!

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  4. Cute!! Now can we get the recipe for love bark?? It sounds like it has ingredients that I love.

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  5. @ anonymous - here's the recipe:

    melt and mix well 1 bag of white chips with 1/4 cup peanut butter, add and mix 3 cups of rice krispies, let cool to room temp

    add in 1 cup of mini chocolate chips and 1.5 cup mini marshmallows, mix well

    spread mixture onto greased 9×13 pan and press (like rice krispies treats), put in fridge and allow to set.

    cut into desired size and nom!

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  6. Thanks for this beautiful idea! I have thought about sharing it with my readers and I hope you are not sorry if I have inserted her in my post of S. Valentine (http://bimbumbeta.blogspot.com/2010/01/s-valentino-il-gri-gri-per-una.html). If you had to not make you like I will handle to remove the link to your blog. Regards, Beta

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