DIY Wedding Favor Magnets

wedding favor magnet, Mama Knows It All

I am not a crafty lady. That being said, I love crafts, and I was determined to MAKE SOMETHING for my DIY wedding. I considered making my gown, then realized that was too risky. Thought about making my own bouquet, but I don’t really have an eye for color. With a budget of $100 for 100 guests, wedding favors seemed like a good place to stretch my creative muscles. I knew that I wanted my favors to be functional (as a Blogger, I get enough dysfunctional non-functional “swag”), and they had to look nice. Like, no jagged edges, no amauterish handwriting. They had to be something that people would actually like. So, I decided to make magnets! Yes, y’all, I went Craft 101 on my wedding guests! But you know what, when I made the first sample set, I cried. Yup, those little ole magnets brought out the bride in me!

These wedding favor magnets are so simple to make, that I had to share. A couple of tips before you get started, though. First, start them ahead of time. I had the materials in July, but my BFF Samone was STILL putting them together the week of the wedding. Also, ask for help. My friend Baniah came by to help one day, also, and in hindsight, I should have had 2 or 3 more folks helping…it would have gotten done a lot faster. Finally, purchase these tiles from Amazon. They were a better quality and more inexpensive than any that I found in local craft stores. Maybe they’ll bring out the bride in you, too?

Materials:

wedding favor magnets, Mama Knows It All

  • ModPodge
  • glass tiles
  • stamp or pictures
  • magnets
  • scissors
  • paintbrush

What To Do:

1. Create your magnet design. Since Terrence and dated long distance for 2 years, we decided to use the Oakland and Philadelphia airport codes on our magnet. I also used my totally epic PicMonkey skills to create a replica of an Oakland post office stamp with our wedding date on it.

wedding magnet favor, Mama knows It All

2. Cut your design out to fit the tile. After I made the graphic, I put 20 on a page, and Terrence printed them off and cut them to size.

3. Coat the flat side of the tile with ModPodge. Don’t worry if it looks cloudy. When it dries, it’ll be clear.

4. Place the paper with your design on it directly on top of the ModPodge (with the design side down). Cover the back of the paper with more ModgePodge.

5. Let the tile dry and then add a magnet. You can use a hot glue gun to glue the magnet on, or use magnets with sticky backs like we did.

6. That’s it. 

 7. No. Seriously. It’s that easy.

Now that I’ve made these, I feel empowered to make ALL the magnets! Halloween magnets, Thanksgiving magnets, Kwanzaa magnets…oh, it’s on! Really, though, it felt great to give something to our family and friends that commemorates such sweet (and challenging) memories for the both of us.

OAK + PHL = LUV. 4 EVA. :-)

wedding favor

  • MommyTesters

    Look at you GO! I am proud. PROUD! I haven’t Mod Podged anything – so there you go, now you can teach me :)

    • BrandiJeter

      Thank you, @mommytesters:disqus! Just trying to be like you!

  • http://www.imnotthenanny.com Thien-Kim

    They came out great!

    • BrandiJeter

      Thank you, @thienkim:disqus! Eventually I’m going to work my way up to your status!

  • clgossett

    You rock!

    • BrandiJeter

      Trying to be more like you, @clgossett:disqus!

  • http://www.melisasource.com/ MELISASource

    Very cute!! I was very DIY with my ceremony as well. I made all of our favors and most of our smaller decor, which saved us a ton of money!!

    • BrandiJeter

      Thanks, Makeba! It really did save us a ton of money!!! @MELISASource:disqus

  • Saidah Washington

    You did a great job Brandi and picking a small project to attempt was a good idea. I’m looking forward to seeing more if your crafty side on your blog.

    • BrandiJeter

      Thanks, @saidahwashington:disqus! You know now that I’ve started I’m all pumped up about it and have a list of 10 more crafts to do!

  • http://www.asthebunnyhops.com Amy

    I couldn’t be more proud of you. Do you know how many years it took me to work up to mod podge? I vote we do a crafty make it and take it session at SFC. Yes? Genius, right?

    • BrandiJeter

      Thank you, @lilac_the_bunny:disqus! Maybe ModPodge will be my specialty? Yes. We will do a crafty make it and take it session. :-)

  • Angela Bishop

    Those turned out awesome!

    I had a very DIY wedding. My parents and I spent less than $3000 on the whole thing – including the dress, cake and rings too! I made my bouquets, we made the centerpieces and favors, did all of the decorating, etc.

  • Summer Len Davis

    OH my GOSH! These are so stinking cute! Why am I just seeing these?

  • Shanea

    Hey I want to do these, what kind of paper did you use?

    • BrandiJeter

      @Shanea I just used regular printer paper! The Mod Podge won’t mess it up!

      • Shanea

        Thanks for your prompt response, I can’t wait to work on these with my bridesmaids!

  • Caitlyn Jade Lyons

    What did you use to create your design?

    • BrandiJeter

      Hi @caitlynjadelyons:disqus! I apologize for the late response! You may have already found a program, but if not, check out Picmonkey. The stamp icon that I used is one of their images. Use this code to try everything for free for a day. Otherwise, a lot of the graphics are free anyway! http://www.picmonkey.com/free_4_friends/1fc430253