Tuesday, July 30, 2013

{Magnet & Chair} Tutorials!

Before we get started, here's a little Pin It To Win It fun!  Hop over to my TpT store and pin my "Write" Back to School Pack and you could win it!  After you pin it, leave a comment telling me what your favorite back to school activity is!  Don't forget to leave your email address!  I will choose a winner tomorrow morning! :)

These tutorials are for my Monday Made Its!  You can see them in this post!

Magnet Tutorial

I'm sure you've seen magnets like this on Pinterest!  I was inspired to make my own!  These magnets are super easy to make and I love the way they came out!  

You will need:
  • large glass marbles (with a flat back)  
  • scrapbook paper 
  • glue (I used E6000 & Mod Podge)
  • strong magnets
  • scissors
I had planned to do glitter magnets too, but I decided to get better colors before I start those :) 
Also, I got the magnets in the picture from Michaels, but they weren't strong enough!

1.  Choose your paper!  This is the fun part!!!  I had a little scrapbook paper book that I got on clearance a few weeks ago that I've been dying to use!

2.  Trace a marble on your paper.  You will need to cut it smaller than what you traced, but this will give you a rough idea of the shape and size.  I cut one to start and found the size it needed to be, then used that piece to cut the others. {They need to be smaller so that it fits the flat side without sticking off the edge.}   

3.  Once you have them cut, you can start gluing!  I used the E6000 glue for this part.  Spread the glue on the flat side of the marble {I found my finger worked best for this part}.

The directions on the glue say to wait two minutes before applying the paper.  Make sure you wait!  I didn't for the first few and found that it was harder to get the air bubbles out!  So, you have to be patient!!  Wait two minutes and them put your scrapbook paper face down onto the glue.  {I added glue to 5-6 marbles at a time. Then added paper and did another 5-6.}

4.  Let them dry!  I put Mod Podge on the back of the paper to protect it.

5.  When the Mod Podge is dry, use the E6000 glue to attach the magnets!  Try a few first to make sure the magnets you got are strong enough!  Mine first ones weren't so I had to get different ones :)

6.  Now you have some beautiful magnets for your classroom {or home!} :)

Chair Tutorial

You will need:
  • one old chair!
  • fabric {I needed two yards for mine}
  • pliers, screwdriver
  • staple gun
  • sandpaper & stain {optional!}
1.  First you'll need an old desk chair.  Unscrew the back, bottom, and arms.  {I started with the back first, then did the seat part when that was done.}

2. Mine has a back that was two separate pieces.  You'll need to take the staples out next.  You can see them all in this picture!!  There's a LOT!

I used a screw driver to lift up the staples and pliers to pull them out. 

Once you have the staples out, you can take the old fabric off!

3.  Lay your fabric over the piece and cut it to size.  I used a spray glue to attach the fabric to the padding.  This kind only takes 30 seconds to dry so I didn't have to wait!

4.  Then staple the fabric on.  I pulled it pretty tight before stapling.  

5.  Here's the finished back piece!

  Our kitties weren't happy when it was time to start working on the bottom piece ;)

6.  Take the staples out just like you did with the back.  

My cushion was pretty flat, so I replaced it.  I used the same old chair cushion that I used to make my seat crates.  It was hard to cut!  It's not perfect, but good enough!

7.  Spray glue the fabric onto the cushion and staple away!!  I put the top part together right away because I couldn't wait to see how it looked {that's why it's on the table without arms!} :)

 Arms & Feet
8.  This part is only if you have wood arms and feet!  I sanded them down with an electric sander.  

9.  Then I stained them!  I let it dry overnight.

10.  I added a clear coat and let it dry {I don't like waiting!!!}

11.  Put it all back together!

I hope these tutorials helped!!  Don't forget to Pin It To Win It!!


  1. Love your chair tutorial - I really need to do mine!
    I love doing "If you give a mouse a cookie" activities at the beginning of the year.

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  2. I pinned your unit to my back to school board and would love to win! Ashleybowlesreed@hotmail.com

    1. Oops...my favorite back to school thing is teaching the kids about bucket filling

    2. I love doing bucket filler activities too!! I bought a book at the beginning of the summer called "Have You Filled a Bucket Today?" Can't wait to read it with my kids!

  3. I love to read Chrysanthemum and make Name Art that stays up all year!

    1. I do a name art activity too! The kids always love it! :)

  4. I pinned your magnets and your "Write Back to School" pack!! I am a brand new teacher starting my student teaching next week so I am in the process of finding my favorite back to school activities! My e-mail is happytobeink3@gmail.com. Thanks!

    1. You won the Pin it to Win it contest! I'm emailing you the pack now! :)

  5. Those magnets are super cute!! I just may make some for my classroom...I have some magnets that aren't strong and I have to use like 5 to hang up a piece of chart paper! This way I could make them really strong! Thanks for sharing the tutorial!

    :) Sarah
    First Grade Buddies

  6. Thanks so much for sharing the magnet how-to with us. I love how they turned out! Definitely pinning for future reference!

    For the Love of First Grade

  7. I have seen several recovered chairs, but didnt know how to do it. Your tutorial was awesome! Plus your fabric is super cute!'


  8. I love reading a back to school book and having everyone meet each other.


    1. Me too! I have so many back to school books! :)

  9. Thank you for posting the chair tutorial! I actually decided To cover my ugly chair at school but wasn't quite sure how! You're a life saver :) Oh, and your chair looks adorable!

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  11. I pinned your "Write" packet. It looks like so much fun that I actually had it on my wish list:) I love teaching names in the beginning of school. My email is

    1. Thank you!! I love teaching names too! I always do a name art project with Chrysanthemum!

  12. The chair turned out amazing! What a great idea!