How To Make Glass Glitter Magnets

Maura White
by Maura White
4 Materials
10 Minutes

Today I’m going to show you how to make glass glitter magnets – a frugal and sparkly way to hold and display artwork on your refrigerator!

I stumbled on this project when I had inadequate magnets on my fridge that weren’t strong enough to hold my daughter’s preschool artwork made on construction paper.

My husband told me I needed some rare earth magnets to hold them up. Rare earth magnets are much stronger than the traditional black magnets I previously had. I did a little Google searching and found some rare earth magnets that I could use and glue onto something and turn them into cute refrigerator magnets!

I already had a bunch of flat glass marbles (or glass gems), got some glitter nail polish, and went to work. Now that they are on my fridge, it gives my daughter’s already adorable preschool artwork a glittery touch as it is held up and displayed.

These won’t take you long at all to make – and you can make many in just a short amount of time!

Supplies needed to make your own glitter glass magnets:

  • Flat glass marbles (or you can get a bag of them at the Dollar Tree for $1.)
  • Nail polish that has a lot of glitter in it
  • Rare Earth Magnets
  • Liquid Fusion Urethane Adhesive

More Glass Gem Ideas

Check out our guide on glass gem crafts for more information on how to use glass gems to make home decor, what type of glue to use for different projects, as well as other helpful crafting tips.

To make your own glitter glass magnet, start by picking out your favorite glittery nail polish and put on a generous coat on the flat side of the glass gem. I advise letting that fully dry overnight before you glue on your magnet.

Once your nail polish has fully dried, then add a tiny dab of this Liquid Fusion Urethane Adhesive on top of the nail polish.

Gently place one small rare earth magnet onto the glue. Let this sit over night until it is full dry before you attach this to a magnetic surface.

I like to make these in batches at a time – I’ll put nail polish on around 30 glass gems, and then glue on the rare earth magnets all in one batch.

The rare earth magnets are so strong that you need to keep each magnet at least 6 inches away from the other magnet, or they will attract to each other and not dry onto the glass gem. They are a bit tricky to work with when you first try them. It will get easier with time to get used to the small and powerful little magnets!

You read that I like to make “batches” of these – so you may wonder what I do with all of the glitter glass magnets that I make?!

I actually sell these in sets in my Handmade Amazon Shop called  Magnet Menagerie!!

My shop includes a variety of decorative refrigerator magnets – not just glitter glass magnets. My number one seller are actually these  butterfly magnets. 

I also use these magnets for these DIY magnetic boards to hold on laminated inspirational messages. You can either make your own magnet board, or check out the ones I have for sale over at Magnet Menagerie. 

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  • Carmen Carmen on Jan 14, 2019

    Yes is gaet ideas but I like put the ideas in facebook.

  • Nancy Nancy on Nov 29, 2019

    I would have thought the nail polish would have been enough to glue the magnet on.

    • Maura White Maura White on Nov 29, 2019

      I have found Nancy that the nailpolish isn't as strong as the adhesive made for glass. The nailpolish won't be strong enough to told the magnet to glass.