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Mother's Day Photo Bubble Magnets! by Brenda Ponnay for

Mother’s Day Photo Bubble Magnets!

By Brenda Ponnay

You know what mothers spend a lot of time doing? They spend a lot of time staring at the refrigerator. Whether’s it’s to study the family calendar, keep track of the various invitations that have come in the mail or just plain try to figure out what to cook for dinner, a mother spends a lot of time in the kitchen standing right there in front of the fridge thinking and pondering ways to take care of her family. So why not put something that says you love her right smack in plain view?

For Mother’s Day, say you love her with some simple fun magnets with cheery smiling faces. They’re easy to make and everyone knows refrigerators always need more magnets!


There are a million tutorials for this type of craft online but I thought I’d go ahead and put mine here so you don’t have to go searching. Feel free to cross reference though.

First you’ll need to gather your supplies:

• 1.25 inch clear flat glass marbles or gems
• Industrial strength clear transparent glue or silicon sealant* (it will usually say for glass and photographs right on the tube)
• Photos on photo paper that you can cut to 1.25 inch circles
• scissors or a 1.25 inch round hole punch
• 1/2 inch medium strength magnets (don’t get the super strong ones they will make your magnet want to pull apart)
• toothpicks


Now you’re ready to get started.

First cut out your photos. Then apply a very small dab of glue to the front of your photo. This will seem counter-intuitive but trust me, the marble goes on top of the photo so that your cute smiling little kid face is magnified by the beveled glass. Spread the glue around with a toothpick. Little kids will get a kick out of thinking the glue is a glob of snot they are smearing from their nose all around their faces.

When the glue is evenly spread over the entire circle, carefully press the glass marble flat side down on top of the face. Smooth out bubbles with your fingers.

like this!

While that is drying you can turn the magnet over and with another dab of glue attach the magnet to the underside of the photo.

Let those dry and you’re good to go!


We added some googly eyes just for fun but that’s not necessary at all.

ready to magnet!

Now you can surprise mom by placing them strategically on the refrigerator for her to find or you can do what we did and place them in a spray-painted Altoids tin. Altoid tins are super useful for this because they are metal and the magnets stick to them like glue!

in a tin!

Now how sweet is that? Tie it up with a pretty ribbon and you have yourself a nifty little gift that would make any mother (or grandmother!) smile.

Difficulty Level: Easy (just be careful that children do not ingest glue or get it in their eyes)
Appropriate Age levels: School Age and Up

*Make sure to do this craft in a well ventilated room as glue can be a bit smelly.

Find more Mother’s Day ideas here.

About the Author

Brenda Ponnay

Brenda Ponnay is a stealthy secret agent who juggles parenthood to her adorable daughter by day and freelance graphic design/illustration by night. Whether it’s painting, baking, drawing, mak...

Brenda Ponnay is a stealthy secret agent who juggles parenthood to her adorable daughter by day and freelance graphic design/illustration by night. Whether it’s painting, baking, drawing, making castles out of cardboard boxes or just doing the laundry with flair, Brenda Ponnay has learned that what really makes her happy is being creative every single day.

You can read about all her crazy adventures on her personal blog: Secret Agent Josephine.

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  • Lisa

    May 4, 2012 at 5:30 pm

    Love this!  So much fun!!

  • kristin

    May 6, 2012 at 12:54 pm

    i was searching for the perfect gift idea… this is it! thank you!

  • gabby

    May 8, 2012 at 8:22 pm

    where did you buy the glass gems?

    • Brenda Ponnay

      May 9, 2012 at 3:23 pm

      I bought them at Michael’s but you can also get them on Etsy.  Just search for glass gems.  You probably won’t be able to get them shipped to you in time for Mother’s Day though.  Another place you might look is any kind of floral supply shop. Maybe even a florist.  They are often used in vases.  Walmart might carry them too.  I hope that helps!

  • Melissa

    May 11, 2012 at 8:16 am

    Do you have any instructions for getting the 1.5 inch photo’s in the cirlce shape all on one sheet as you have it?

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  • Brenda Ponnay

    May 13, 2012 at 8:09 pm

    Well, I’m a graphic designer so I used Adobe InDesign to create a circle box and then place my photo within that circle.  I don’t know if Microsoft Word has a circle box tool. Maybe powerpoint? It seems like it should be I’m not very savvy with Microsoft programs.  I know avery makes circle labels so there’s got to be something out there for that for non-graphic designery people.  Hope that helps!  

  • Merri

    May 15, 2012 at 11:44 am

    Absolutely love this! What a great idea!

  • Bonnie

    May 30, 2012 at 10:39 am

    I can tell you are a mom (or a teacher)- love the snot comment! My students would definitely love that idea and the craft is so easy for such great results! Thanks for posting.

  • rhonda

    October 28, 2014 at 11:14 pm

    Im making these for a weeekend craft show..any ideas on what I should price them..and how many to put in a mini zip lock to sell at once.

  • rhonda

    October 28, 2014 at 11:16 pm

    I have many to zebra prints.and dots …so any suggestions will help thanks