And then a few weeks ago we went to our friend's Katie and Eric's wedding where their party favor was a bag of - you guessed it - homemade Scrabble tiles. I was pretty stoked and made sure to take my goody bag home with us. Finally, I could make my magnets!
As always, this project had some highs and some lows: the glue(s) soaked through the tiles, the magnets didn't always properly adhere to the tiles, the Sharpie I intended to use to darken the writing (which was too light to stand out in the little corner of the bar where the magnets live) didn't cover the silver pen originally used...and so on. With time and patience I (kind of) overcame all of these hurdles - click on the "Read More" below to try this for yourself (and learn from my rookie mistakes).
Or you could put the glue on the magnet and then put the tile on top - the cons of this method are that it's less likely to stick well and you're more likely to get glue on your working surface; the pros are that you'll be less likely to get glue on your fingers and it's easier to hold in place.
I tried both methods and both worked out - I just preferred glue to magnet / magnet to tile.
This picture also shows how light the lettering was and how some of the glue came through to the top of the tile. If I was making these as a gift I wouldn't have accepted the seepage, but for myself I figured it was OK to accept imperfection.
I feel like this is practically just a "How to Use the Right Glue at the Right Time" blog, but I guess I can at least say I'm learning.
(1) You can't cover silver pen with Sharpie.
(2) Krazy Glue seeps through wood - it's way better for plastic/metal.
(3) Magnets are sometimes more powerful than Krazy Glue.
(4) If you keep re-gluing with Krazy Glue, it'll eventually take, probably.
(5) If Krazy Glue is making you feel crazy because it's not sticking, try epoxy. Or just try epoxy in the first place.
Put your new magnets up on the refrigerator (or the side of the fridge if you're working with a stainless steel fridge door like we are) and enjoy.