Make a nautical themed fridge magnet for a beach home and bring the seaside feel right into your kitchen. Use them as a fridge decoration that pops, or stick your child's drawings of your summer holiday to your fridge and create some special memories.
Total Time: one hour, including drying time
Yield: one fridge magnet
hexagon-shaped natural wooden coaster
selection of small sea shells; sea stars and pieces of broken coral
1.1 in 2mm thick plastic spacer
two small square craft magnets
powder blue acrylic paint
white paper raffia
red crochet thread
natural twisted jute twine
teaspoonful of sea sand
hot glue gun and glue sticks
quick-drying craft glue (such as Bostik Clear)
Heritage Spray-on contact glue
quick-drying matt spray varnish
Give the front and sides of the coaster an uneven wash with the powder blue paint and allow to dry thoroughly.
Make the life buoy: a. Cut a piece of paper raffia and glue the one end to the back of the spacer. Twist the raffia tightly around the spacer and secure the second end at the back again. b. Add four red sections with the crochet thread. For the first one, cut a piece of red thread and twist the thread around the spacer five times. Pull the thread tight around the spacer and end it off with a knot at the back. Neatly cut off the loose ends of the thread. Repeat three more times, ensuring that the red parts of the buoy are evenly spaced.
Super glue the two magnets to the back of the coaster and allow to dry thoroughly before turning the coaster over.
Use hot glue to frame the coaster with the twine, and neatly cut off any protruding edges.
Hot glue the life buoy and a few bigger shells in place.
Add smaller shells and pieces of broken coral to complete the arrangement.
Spray parts of the coaster with Heritage Spray-on contact glue and while the glue is still wet, sprinkle sand over the coaster. Allow to dry thoroughly.
Spray the coaster with the spray varnish. Remember to work in a well-ventilated area when spraying the varnish. Allow to dry and add a second coat. Allow to dry and whoo-hoo! Your nautical coaster is ready to be used!
I love making people little things and then giving them gift baskets. One of the things I make are magnets. Magnets can be made from all kinds of thing. The ones I am submitting are the small photos on the backs of calendars.