I have a thing for all things space-related and I’m sort of obsessed with stars and nebulae. So, when I saw that my swap partner had pinned a set of space-themed rock magnets, I had to make some for her.
River rocks from the craft store are usually too large for fridge magnets, but I remembered seeing sheets of river rocks in the tiling section of the hardware store. I found some online that were the perfect size! Woohoo! I had to sand the adhesive off the backs and give them a good wash. I used Gorilla glue to adhere some rare earth magnets. They got a few coats of black acrylic paint before getting the ‘star’ treatment. Most of them are based off of pictures of nebulae and galaxies, but one is Peter Pan-themed…“second star to the right, and straight on til morning.” (To match the Neverland tote and pouch I also sent my partner.) They got a clear matte coat to protect them, too.
I made extras just in case I screwed some up, and I was forced to share with my DS2 (he stole a few to paint). So, I sent 6 to my partner, DH took 4, and DS2 painted 3 of his own. I still have loads of rocks and magnets left over, so I will probably paint more for gifts and our 1st Annual Family Craft Fair this December.