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Thanks so much for stopping by! I believe that everyone can have a beautiful home without spending a fortune! One of my favorite things to do is find creative ways to re-purpose things I already have on hand, or have picked up at yard sales and thrift stores. Join me as I share with you some of my favorite ideas for crafting and decorating, as well as travel adventures, and fun things that I pick up on my treasure hunts! Much of my work is influenced by my love all things French, nature, and of course shabby chic! I have gotten so many creative ideas from you very talented bloggers out there, and I hope that I can be an inspiration to you as well!

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Petite Pastry Tin Magnets, A Fun Repurposing Tutorial

 Today I'm going to share with you a really fun repurposing project! 
Do you ever pick up something, either from the thrift store or maybe a garage sale, and you have no idea what you will do with it?  But you are certain that you will come up with some wonderful idea?  Someday? Well, that's just what happened to me and these cute petite pastry tins!  I found a set at the thrift shop when we still lived in Michigan.  Before we moved out here, I weeded thru a ton of stuff, donating box after box, giving things away, and tossing things that really had no use.  Well, I am so glad that I kept these tins, that were made in Sweden!  I just knew that they were full of crafty potential!  So, the other day, inspiration finally hit!  Former petite pastry tins become the most fun and adorable magnets!  I'll show you how to do it, too, as it's a super fun project!
 Ok, below is all that you will need. Mod Podge, Diamond glaze, glitter (I like Martha Stewart clear), a foam brush, magnets (I got mine from Michael's), and some super glue.  Oh, don't forget the petite pastry tins!
 All of the images that I used came from the Graphics Fairy (thanks, Karen!).  There are so many wonderful images to chose there, the hardest part is deciding which ones you will use for your project:)
I found these cute little German made tins last week at a thrift shop.  I just love this mermaid image!  I cut out a circle to fit the inner portion of the tin.  You will be adding your image to the inside of the tin.
Using your foam brush, apply just a small amount of Mod Podge to the back side of the image, and apply to the tin, smoothing it out with your fingers.  Let dry.  I know, that is the hard part!!
Then, apply Diamond glaze to the image, first outlining the image, then filling it in.  If you have any air bubbles (like you see in the above photo), just gently pop them with a pin.  While the diamond glaze is still wet, sprinkle some of your favorite glitter over it.  Make sure to let it dry on a flat surface.
Don't worry, the image won't look cloudy once it's dry!  Ok, I was a little impatient to wait for it to totally dry when I took the photo below, but trust me, when it is dry it won't look blurry!
Once dry, add your magnet to the back using a few drops of super glue.  I finally learned my lesson with super glue, after semi permanently gluing my fingertips together one too many times!  This time I got smart!  I wore disposable gloves when I glued the magnets!  Viola! No more stuck together fingers! 

Of course I just had to do some Eiffel Tower magnets!  Love this one!
Here are the first mermaid magnets that I made.  I really love the shape of these tins!
I think the magnets below are some of my favorites!  Check out the "wine list" with the cork, isn't it the greatest?  I had so much fun with this project, and I would love to hear from you if you try making your own!
Happy Creating!

I'm linking up with the following inspiring parties!
French Country Cottage Feathered Nest Friday
Common Ground Vintage Inspiration Friday
The Graphics Fairy Brag Monday 


Karen said...

Donna, I love what you did with these darling tins! I have seen these before, but never bought any.

Have a great day!

Love, Karen

Sherry@Back2Vintage said...

So cute! Now I hope I can find some tins!!!

Ann@A Sentimental Life said...

how creative!! I have so many postcards that I would love to scan and use in projects.

Honey at 2805 said...

Such a cute idea. Now to find some tins!

BECKY said...

Thank you so much for your sweet comments, Donna! What a joy!

I just bought a whole bag of these little guys! Love how you decorated them! I think mine are going to be some kind of Christmas ornaments!

Have a wonderful evening!

Cindy Adkins said...

Hi Donna,

These are totally adorable--I can't even choose a favorite!!! They'll fly off the shelf of your store!!!

Kim K. said...

Simply divine. I think my patriotic decor will be coming down shortly and I'm going for a beach theme. Thanks for the inspiration.

NanaDiana said...

Yeaaaa...the Glitter Queen has returned! What a darling project. I love the mermaid too...but the last ones are my favorites! They are all just adorable! xo Diana

Tete said...

I just bought some of these off of Cheryl at ZanyMade. Not sure when I get them but I can do this without the glitter!
I have thought about making flowers out of them...
Just caught up on your past posts and I think you are having too much fun there for your own good. ;) So glad you are embracing the fun stuff. You are smiling when you post, I can tell...
Hugs- Tete

Linda said...

I love using tart tins in art...I've never done magnets... thanks for sharing your cute projects, Donna!

Chari at Happy To Design said...

Hi Donna...

Wow...I love what you've done with these cute little petite pastry tins! They really do make great refrigerator magnets! Love the designs that you chose for them...my favorite are the mermaids! Sooo cute! Thanks so much for sharing this sweet craft and tutorial with us today!

Warmest summery wishes,

Blooming Rose Musings said...

Donna, these are very cute! How clever to use them as magnets. The images you have chosen are perfect.
These are really cute! XO

Alicia said...

Wow! You are so creative. Love what you've done. Thanks for sharing and offering me some creative inspiration for the day :o)


Ido said...

Hi Donna, those magnets are so pretty, love them all, I wish I could find some of those molds, they are nowhere to be seen here.
Have a great weekend!

Sweet Bee Cottage said...

Now that is just plain old charming! Great idea and I'm glad you saved those even if you didn't have a plan. Love that!

Ava said...

Love this idea, funnily enough , I have a stash of these too....Now I know what I can do with them :) Ava xx

The Vintage Chateau said...

Wow! I just bought some of these tins last week. Now I know what to do with them, thanks!

Kim @ Cheap Chic Home said...

How cute, I've seen these tins from time to time, but wasn't sure how to use them. :)

Debra @ Common Ground said...

Hi Donna, these are darling! I have tons of these tins and I've always wanted to try out the Diamond Glaze. Thanks so much for sharing these over at VIF! xo Debra

Cindy Adkins said...

I saw this on the Graphics Fairy and was so excited--These are so adorable!!!