A couple months back Pop Craft held an Astronomy Craft Night featuring guest speaker Diane Turnshek.  Diane did some cool demonstrations showing us the different colors created by various gasses, so we were well informed as we painted our galaxies onto hand bound journals.  Since then, Diane has spoken at TEDxPittsburgh on Light Pollution, one of the topics we had the pleasure of learning about from Diane that evening.

Inspired by the beauty of the cosmos, I made mini Galaxy Magnets as the monthly workshop giveaway.  That’s right, if you attend a Pop Craft workshop, you get a little surprise at the end, check out the stuff we give away on our Pinterest board.

These are easy to make, and out-of-this-world adorable.  And, they’re functional, who can’t use an extra magnet or two?

Materials

To make this craft you’ll need:

  • Glass Gems or Glass Waffers
  • Print outs or magazine pictures of your galaxy images (Or do something else fun, like flowers, or a school of fish)
  • Mod Podge
  • Foam Brush
  • Craft Knife
  • Scissors
  • Super Glue
  • Magnets

Glass gems can be found in the floral section of your local craft store.  These are often used in floral arrangements to fill a vase.  That’s where I rescued mine from, after a good wash they were good as new.  If you are in the market for Mod Podge, I found some at the Dollar Store.  They’re small 2oz bottles, but the price per oz can’t be beat unless you want to get the jumbo 32 oz bottle at Michaels, or use one of their 40% off coupons.  I got my galaxy pictures off of Pixabay, they have tons of free images that you can download.

Attach the Galaxy Images with Mod Podge

Start by using your foam brush to brush Mod Podge onto flat side of your glass gems, and brush a layer onto the right side up of your picture.  Stick the gem onto the paper and push to secure.  A little extra mod podge is good to have here.  It will ensure there aren’t gaps between the paper and the gems, and will create a strong bond.  I was choosy and placed my gems over bright stars and colorful sections of my galaxy.  Glue all the gems that you want down to the paper, leaving some space between them to cut them apart later.  Let everything dry for a few hours.

Trim the Excess Paper

When the mod podge is dry and all of your gems are strongly adhered to the picture, cut them apart.  Depending on how close they are together, a craft knife works well to get into hard to reach places.  Go back after they’re separated with your scissors and trim up the edges of excess paper.

Seal with Mod Podge

Time for more mod podge.  Using the foam brush, brush a layer onto the back of the paper that is on the glass gem.  Cover the edges to seal the paper to the gem, but be careful not to get too much on the sides of the gem so it maintains its clean and clear appearance.  Wipe off any rogue mod podge from the sides before it dries.  And, again, let it dry for a couple hours.

Admire your Galaxy

Last but not least, give these tiny galaxies purpose by attaching your magnets.  Glass gems come in different sizes, so make sure you have a magnet that is small enough to fit within the edges of the paper on the back of each gem.  Using super glue, add some glue to the magnet and press the back of the gem against it.  Hold it tight for 15 seconds and then let it dry completely before sticking to a magnetic surface.

Use these starry bubbles to transport you to a different world, or to keep track of your grocery list 🙂