DIY Fish Extender Magnets
Our next Disney cruise is 99 days away, and I’ve been super busy working on Fish Extender gifts. What’s a fish extender gift you ask? It’s an organized gift exchange on Disney cruises. You can read all about them here.
One of the cabin gifts I’ve been making for this cruise is Disney themed magnets. After working on these and finding out how super easy it was, I had to share it. This is such a versatile craft, and the options are truly limitless for what you can create. I worked with old Disney park maps, Disney cruise brochures (those turned out to be my favorite) and Disney scrapbook paper. You could also use pictures you’ve taken during Disney vacations, and make a truly unique keepsake. Start to finish, these took me less than 30 minutes (not counting time for the glue to dry) and I made 20 magnets.
- 1 inch circle punch
- Scrapbook paper, Disney park maps, brochures or stickers
- Clear glass beads – you can find these in the floral section of most craft stores
- Circle magnets
- Modge podge
- Craft glue
- Foam brush
Flip through your materials and pick out the images you want to turn into a magnet. Go through your papers, maps and brochures holding the glass stone over the images to see how they will look through the stone. Don’t be afraid to think outside the box and step outside your comfort zone. If you mess up, you can always try again! I found that some of my favorite finished magnets were images that placed by themselves are just part of an image, but when placed next to another magnet becomes part of a complete set.
Next, use your circle punch to cut out the image you want.
After punching out your image, put a coat of mod podge on the flat side of the glass stone.
Then, place your image face down on the mod podge. Wait 15 minutes or so for the glue to start to dry.
After the first layer of mod podge is almost dry, coat the back side of your image with another layer of mod podge. Allow it to dry completely. This will seal the back of the image and protect from water damage.
Upon ensuring the mod podge is 100% dry, then use the craft glue to add the magnet to the back of the stone. It should only take a few drops.
Let your project dry completely and enjoy your magnets!
I plan on packaging these up in sets of 4-5 magnets per cabin. These are easy enough that kids could help, or even manage to try some on their own.
I think they make a super cute, affordable and fun gift that will be a great reminder of our time at sea. Here are a few of our other Disney cruise inspired crafts if you want to check them out:
Happy crafting and cruising! ~Amy ºoº