Monday, March 7, 2011

Making Monday - Mushroom Magnets!

Don't these look adorable?  I saw this idea used on pencils first (check out her other projects - adorable!!) and then my sister sent me some cute little Japanese mushroom magnets (like this) for Christmas so I thought it would be easy to make some too.  Here is how I did it.

First, buy these little wooden button plugs at your local hardware store (I found these in the tool section).  They come in different sizes so pick whatever suits you.  I bought these teeny little magnets at Michael's but the hardware store has them too I think.

Gather your supplies.  Button plugs, magnets, paintbrush, paint, glue*, something to put your little dabs of paint on.  (* see note below about the glue!)

I used this little enamel dish to put the magnets on and then glued the mushrooms on.  *Realise the gorilla glue does not work AT ALL and switch to Aleene's Tacky Glue.  Leave them to dry.

Paint the tops red (leave the little 'stem' natural).  As Kimanh says in her pencil tutorial, paint from the top down so you don't get paint on the 'stem'.

Use the other end of your paintbrush or a skewer to dip into white paint and do your spots.  I actually cut the tip off the sharp end of a skewer so I could get a smaller dot.  Let it all dry (it doesn't take long).


Use on a magnetic noticeboard or your fridge or anywhere you need a little mushroom love!


  1. @ Maggie May & Cole's Corner - thank you! I am stewing on some other ideas for these little cuties too.

  2. These are soooo totally cute! I'll bet they would make super cute ladybugs, too! Thank you for sharing!

  3. @willow - I am going to make ladybud's immediately! Great idea!

  4. I hope you'll share some pics when you are finished! :-)

  5. Adorable. To continue Willow's train of thought, bumblebees would be cute as well.

  6. Hello! I saw you over at One Pretty Thing and I just had to click over! I love these lil guys - so flippin' cute!

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  7. @ Esti - great idea! will have to try a bee.
    @ Billie Monster - thanks! Glad to have you here!



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